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Synaptics Wants To Reinvent Touch Interfaces

Synaptics Wants To Reinvent Touch Interfaces

In recent months, a touch controller company called Synaptics has been making some buzz in the tech industry. Synaptics is claiming that their new ForcePad is the most significant development in touch technology since the company invented the first TouchPad in 1995. A claim like this would normally grab our attention, but with Windows 8 focusing on touch interfaces this statement was worth looking into. Legit Reviews was recently able to sit down with Synaptics and try out some of the new products that they are working on. Synaptics recently announced that they will be releasing three new touch-focused technologies for laptops and other mobile devices: ForcePad, ThinTouch, and ClearPad. Basically, Synaptics will be making the touchpads, keyboards and touch displays that are all driven with one piece of silicon for a user experience unlike anything we have ever had before. These new technologies can be used separately or together and will lead to a new era of human-computer interaction.

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The technology that Synaptics is really focusing on it ForcePad, the breakthrough next-generation TouchPad. As a multi-finger, capacitive TouchPad with variable force detection and a large “modern touch pad” gesture area, ForcePad hopes to redefine the touch interaction experience for notebook and desktop PC users. Forcepad is just part of the puzzle though, as in an ideal system it will be coupled with the ThinTouch keyboard and ClearPad Series 7 display, to deliver the ultimate touch solution for notebook PC and other mobile device OEM partners.


Here is a quick video that goes over the Forcepad in more detail and visually shows you how the FircePad adds a third dimension to touch devices.

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The ForcePad uses pressure tracking instead of traditional mechanical switches, reducing the thickness of the touchpad as a result. The ForcePad can track up to five fingers and can measure up to 1000 grams of pressure per finger. With the 6-bit, 15 gram resolution it means you end up with 64 pressure levels for up to five fingers. This will give software developers an entirely new parameter to develop for, which is exciting. It also should be reliable as there is no mechanical hinge and tactile button switches like current touchpads use. 

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