Synaptics rethinks laptop touchpad, keyboard with pressure sensing

By Jos · 7 replies
Aug 20, 2012
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  1. Synaptics, a company well known for developing the touchpads and clickpads found on laptops from a number of manufactures, has officially announced a couple of new touch-focused products aimed at the next generation of Windows 8 devices: the ForcePad and…

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    Never mind.

    Wont pressure sensitive keyboards be amazing for gaming?

    (I really should finish reading before I post.)
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    Synaptics is a cool company. They have had "4:20 PM" for years as the clock time in their configuration utility under 'device settings'. Must be where they get these innovative ideas.
  4. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 453   +181

    Can we not just forget these advancements and go straight to laser projection keyboards like the one the Israelis invented a few years back? Granted, they might not be designed for gamers, but they've got the backlight problem sorted!

    Stick a laser projector on the bottom of a tablet, prop up the screen and have it project the keyboard onto the surface in front of it. Bye-bye laptops!

    Or maybe I'm thinking too far ahead.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    just a little. Laser projections have a hard time telling if im pressing t, g, or b. and that have that problem ALL THE TIME.
  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 956   +515

    Pressure would be AWESOME for gaming. No longer would I have to inch forward by lightly tapping a key! :)
  7. I think pressure sensing would be amazing!! I feel it provides a way of recording sudden emotional responses we may have to anything we encounter using a computer.....I guess this is where tablets may have their setbacks. Unless you can make those indestructable too haha.
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    Dat bump tho
    but pressure sensitivity for keyboards would be fantastic. Wonder what happened to this.

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