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Old 21st Aug 2012, 10:38   #1
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Synaptics shows off ForcePad technology

Combines a touchpad with a pressure-sensitive graphics-tablet style system - but is that what people want?
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...ics-forcepad/1
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 11:28   #2
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 11:29   #3
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I predict this will be the last separate iteration of the [Skid]Pad, as virtual keyboard / control pads / touch-screens will become one.

As an aside, the best laptop pointing device ever was the TouchStyk / TrackPoint. /nostalgia :-)
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 11:44   #4
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Someone put an extra s in the link and its broken :`(

My synaptics touchpad on what must be a 2008 era laptop can detect pressure. There is even a scrolling graph as part of the driver which goes up an down with pressure applied. Not revolutionary is certainly one way to put it.
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 11:51   #5
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Someone put an extra s in the link and its broken :`(
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 12:11   #6
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As an aside, the best laptop pointing device ever was the TouchStyk / TrackPoint. /nostalgia :-)
My ThinkPad has a nipple-pointer, and it's fair to say that I'm a convert. Far more precise and accurate than a trackpad.

I've even managed to convert my other half to nipple-pointers...
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Do nipple pointers work better when it's cold?

On a more serious note, I'm not entirely sure I know what the point of a pressure-sensitive touchpad is - after all, how many people use a touchpad for anything other than moving the mouse and left-clicking. It just sounds a bit gimmicky to me..?
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As an aside, the best laptop pointing device ever was the TouchStyk / TrackPoint. /nostalgia :-)
My ThinkPad has a nipple-pointer, and it's fair to say that I'm a convert. Far more precise and accurate than a trackpad.

I've even managed to convert my other half to nipple-pointers...
nipple-pointer's need to be calibrated often tho, well thats my reasoning, based on 10yr old info ( which was the last time i researched this :-D )
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i wish you could just tap on the screen and use your fingers to do multi-touch stuff.....oh wait.
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Should have brought this out 5 years ago when laptops were the thing to have. Now touchscreen tablets are the thing to have.
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