Synaptics Forcepad Touchpad Tech Chosen For User Interface Contest, ThinTouch Keyboard Technology For Ultrabooks Unveiled
ForcePad will be arriving sooner than Synpatics’ keyboard technology, however, and in the right hands (no pun intended), it could be a game changer. The ForcePad’s main appeal is that it adds a third dimension to touchpads—force. Whereas traditional touchpads can only track movement and register taps, ForcePads can also capture pressure or forces being applied to the pad. And it can do so for up to five fingers. There is no need for moving parts on the ForcePad because the force data captured by the device can be used to register clicks, control scroll bars, volume sliders, or any one of a myriad of other things.
Synaptics ForcePad Technology Chosen for Prestigious UIST Contest
Next-Generation ForcePad Touch Solution Delivers Industry-Changing Performance
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Aug. 20, 2012 – Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, today confirmed that Synaptics ForcePad, the next generation of TouchPad touch solutions, has been chosen as the hardware technology for the fourth annual User Interface Software & Technology (UIST) Student Innovation Contest (SIC). Originally released to UIST under the codename “Jedeye,” Synaptics’ ForcePad solution joins three-time hardware supplier Microsoft in supporting the contest.
As a multi-finger, capacitive TouchPad with variable force detection and a large “modern touch pad” gesture area, ForcePad promises to redefine the touch interaction experience for notebook and desktop PC users. Ideal for the rapidly growing ultrabook trend, it is up to 40 percent thinner than today’s ClickPads, enabling thinner and lighter ultrabooks. ForcePad is ideal for the fast and fluid Windows 8 touch experience because it adds an exciting new dimension of control to the user’s interaction.
"We're delighted to be working with Synaptics, an industry leader in human interface technology," said Rob Miller, general chair of the ACM UIST 2012 conference and professor of computer science at MIT. "Synaptics has given generous support to this year's UIST Student Innovation Contest, including the use of its technology. Synaptics understands that today's students will invent tomorrow's great ideas."
“ForcePad is the most significant development in touch technology since Synaptics invented the first TouchPad in 1995. We believe ForcePad delivers the world’s best touch experience, opening up a new array of exciting usage models,” said Godfrey Cheng, vice president of marketing for Synaptics PC Division. “UIST is an exemplary organization dedicated to expanding human interaction models, which makes them a perfect partner to advance new technologies based on ForcePad.”
ForcePad adds a new dimension of control utilizing capacitive image sensing technology that detects the pressure of five fingers with up to 1,000 grams of dynamic range in force sensitivity. The ability to detect varying amounts of pressure per finger enables new usage paradigms in virtually every software genre, making ForcePad a great tool for the UIST Student Innovation Contest.
ForcePad features a universal auto-calibration capability for adjusting to varying notebook designs with variable flex tolerances. There are no mechanical hinges or tactile button switches. It can maintain consistent performance through the notebook product life, as well as a consistent experience across different OEM chassis makes and models.
Details for the UIST SIC Contest:
- Contest and conference in Cambridge, Mass.
- Contest registration deadline: Aug. 24
- Registration: http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2012/contest.html
- UIST conference registration deadline: Aug. 26
- Registration: http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2012/registration.html
- Contest hardware shipped: Aug. 27
- Presentation of demos and judging at conference: Oct. 8
- Winners announced at conference: Oct. 9
- Email: [email protected]
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uistcontest
- Twitter: @uistcontest
To learn more about ForcePad, please visit www.synaptics.com/go/forcepad.
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