GUIs: Synaptics shows new TouchPads and Gesture Technology - Embedded.com

GUIs: Synaptics shows new TouchPads and Gesture Technology

Santa Clara, Ca. – Synaptics Inc. has begun showing to customers its new ClickPad innovative touchpad designed for users who want larger multi-finger gesture enabled TouchPads in smaller notebook designs, particularly netbooks.

ClickPad complements the rich minimalist design trend in the notebook space by eliminating the need for traditional physical buttons and enabling the entire ClickPad to act as the button that can be “clicked” to initiate a user action.

All Synaptics ClickPads and Touchpads incorporate the latest gestures In its Gesture Suite (SGS) 9.1 suite incorporating two-finger scrolling, two-finger PinchZoom, two-finger pivot rotate, three-finger flick, and three-finger press.

For example, users can start-up their PCs using the three-finger press gesture by placing three fingers on a TouchPad and then releasing them to automatically launch from one to six user-selected applications.

ClickPads are optimized for all laptops and ideal for space constrained netbooks where real estate is at a premium in the palmrest. ClickPad is available with an innovative mechanical assembly that will provide optimized performance for notebook PC designs, ranging from sleek netbooks to large desktop replacement portables.

Synaptics has also said its entire SGS 9.1-enabled TouchPad family is Microsoft Windows 7 ready. In addition, Synaptics DualMode TouchPad is now available to support “under plastic” designs and the ability to add custom 0D buttons and 1D scrolling support directly on the TouchPad surface

Now available under a plastic coating for the most vibrant image, DualMode allows OEMs to customize the feature functionality of the icons to highlight key notebook features.

These new offerings will available to designers for integration into notebook PC platforms beginning in 3Q09. www.synaptics.com.

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