Touch Control

Synaptics Launches New Line of Affordable Touch Screens for Emerging Markets

Synaptics ClearPad 3400 capacitive touchscreen solution promises unparalleled level of responsiveness and accuracy

Today Synaptics unveiled the latest in its line of affordable capacitive touch screen technology. Courting emerging markets, Synaptic’s latest offering, the ClearPad S2331 and ClearPad S2133 provide full two-finger support and allows for free rotate gestures at affordable prices. The company’s higher end ClearPad S2333 provides five-finger performance as well. Synaptics has increasingly found business in…

MWC 2013: Synaptics announces ClearPad 3400 and Single-Layer On-Cell solution


Synaptic had a few new things to announce at Mobile World Congress 2013 today, with “touch” obviously being the focus. Synaptics’ announcements include the ClearPad 3400 and Single-Layer On-Cell multitouch solution. The ClearPad 3400 is a new capacitive multitouch panel for high-end smartphones, allowing for great precision and accuracy. The ClearPad 3400 still retains such accuracy…

Microfluidic prototype has keys that rise out of the touchscreen


Tactus Technology thinks it has the perfect solution for smartphone users who want a touchscreen device, but don’t want to have to sacrifice the tactile feedback and accuracy advantages that come with a physical keyboard. Demoed at Society for Information Display’s Display Week 2012 and reported by The Verge, this microfluidic prototype display features a keyboard that…

Is Amazon actually losing money with each Kindle Fire sold?


Charging $199 for a tablet is no easy accomplishment for any company, yet Amazon hit that golden price point today with the new Kindle Fire. But analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray predicts the company may be sacrificing money to get there. According to him, “Amazon is likely losing $50 per Kindle Fire.” For every…

UI experts say gestures are a step back in usability


Pinch-to-zoom, sideways swipes to access multiple home screens, and even touch-sensitive bezels are becoming common occurrences in smartphones and tablets, but a paper being published by the Association for Computing Machinery suggests Android and iPhone are going about gesture-based user interfaces all wrong. The article argues that many gestures are invisible, unexplained, and inconsistent across…

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