Synaptics

Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea.  The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics.  The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand.  Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.

Video demo after the cut

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Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics invited SlashGear to their headquarters in Santa Clara this week to take a look at their latest capacitive touch-panel technology.  The company has rebranded their existing ClearPad capacitive system to ClearPad 2000, so as to make room for their new flagship ClearPad 3000.  This new panel can recognize up to 10 simultaneous finger touches together with complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch, pivot-rotate and rotate, with reduced latency and increase accuracy over what we've seen from capacitive panels to-date.

Video demo of ClearPad 3000 after the cut

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Nokia using Synaptics capacitive touchscreen for upcoming smartphone?

Nokia using Synaptics capacitive touchscreen for upcoming smartphone?

Nokia are tipped to begin using Synaptics touchscreen technology in their upcoming cellphones, with the first models using the presumably capacitive panels to launch in Q3 2009.  According to sources at Taiwan IC designers, Nokia is also considering introducing multitouch functionality to their handsets, in a move that could bring them into more direct competition with Apple and Palm.

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Sony Walkman X PMP Hands-on video demo

Sony Walkman X PMP Hands-on video demo

When I was asked late last week if the Sony Walkman X was something SlashGear would be interested in reviewing, it took all of maybe a fraction of a second to yell out YES! So am I impressed with the first ever PMP to sport an Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)? Let me just say that the display is hands-down the most gorgeous I’ve seen on any single phone or media player. Is that single factor alone enticing enough for me to give up my iPod touch? No, yes, well maybe no. I’ll have to spend a few days with the Sony Walkman X or NW-X1050 before I can give a definite yes or no.

Jump on over for the walkthrough video and image gallery.

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Apple sued over iPhone, MacBook multitouch patents

Apple sued over iPhone, MacBook multitouch patents

Apple is being sued by Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese chip designer, over alleged infringement of two touchscreen patents by its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch ranges.  According to Elan, the contended IP covers technology used to recognize the position of a finger on a touchscreen or trackpad; they're now pushing for an injunction against the contentious products, which - if granted - would freeze much of Apple's range.

BlackBerry Storm for Verizon Review Part 1

BlackBerry Storm for Verizon Review Part 1

This year has seen potentially game-changing devices from HTC, Apple, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, and now it's the turn of RIM to show us they can do more than just email.  The BlackBerry Storm marks a significant first for the company: it's the only BlackBerry to have a touchscreen and no hardware keyboard.  In the first part of our Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 review, we'll cover the hardware - including the unique ClickThrough touchscreen - the preinstalled software and our initial impressions, together with some preliminary battery feedback.

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BlackBerry Storm ClickThrough uses Synaptics ClearPad tech

BlackBerry Storm ClickThrough uses Synaptics ClearPad tech

While the dual CDMA and HSDPA of the Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm has caused a few double-takes, it's the unique ClickThrough touchscreen display that has prompted the most column-inches about the smartphone today.  ClickThrough takes advantage of the latest capacitive touchscreen technology and a layer of tactile sensors just beneath it; the top layer is used to gesture, scroll and highlight, while pressing down and through to the sensors gives true "click" feeling similar to that of the BlackBerry trackball.  The system uses Synaptics' ClearPad, a custom multitouch-capable module first seen on the Onyx concept

Synaptic Waves gestures introduced

Synaptic Waves gestures introduced

 Gestures are not a new thing for laptops, however they have gained more attention as of late due to the gestures introduced on the iPhone. Even so, there were gestures for laptops though they could only be used for limited functions or were software specific.

Now, Synaptics is introducing new gestures for laptops. There's the ChiralRotate, wherein you make a circular motion with one finger, which rotates the screen. There's also the Two-Finger Flick, which can make for sideways scrolling, flipping pages or what have you.

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Synaptics add new Gestures to touchpad capabilities

Synaptics add new Gestures to touchpad capabilities

Synaptics - who, if you look in your laptop's Device Manager or equivalent, you might find make your touchpad - have announced two new gestures that their hardware supports. ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick will be particularly useful in photo viewing and editing apps, lending themselves naturally to - in the case of the former - rotating images, and - in the latter - moving between images.

 

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