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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.
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I have never seen an auto zoom implemented on an ultra-book but i really like the concept. The incredible amount of combinations available with the new pressure sensitive 5 finger touch pad makes the simple touch pad as versatile as a gaming mouse if not as practical.
The new keyboards and trackpads are pretty amazing, and i expect them or at least a slight variation of them to be implemented into every laptop forthcoming in the near future.
The Forcepad is a really interesting technology and something that has to be played with to truly appreciate. I think there are applications for the technology that haven't even been thought of. And if Synaptics eventually works in some sort of force feedback system in a future iteration, there are some wild things possible. Going to be great to see what the minds at the UIST come up with.
Marco ChiappettaManaging Editor @ HotHardware.com
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Nice sweet technology. We can only improve from here
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