Sy­nap­tics to Bring 3D-Touch Fea­tures to An­droid De­vices in 2016


Ap­ple's 3D Touch and Huawei's Force Touch for their re­spec­tive dis­plays have no doubt added an­other layer of in­ter­ac­tion with smart de­vices for the world to see. Be­sides their own phones, there are no other smart­phone in the world that sup­ports this pres­sure sen­si­tive dis­play to date.

To that end, Sy­nap­tics an­nounced last month that it would be bring­ing that tech­nol­ogy to the An­droid mar­ket some­time in 2016. The com­pany also an­nounced three new ClearPad dis­crete touch con­troller so­lu­tions, which will en­able “in­creased func­tion­al­ity and en­tirely new di­men­sions to touch” for smart­phones, tablets, and au­toma­tive apps.

Through the use of ClearForce tech­nol­ogy, the com­pany is hop­ing that OEMs can pro­vide cus­tomers with new touch in­ter­ac­tions, such as speed scrolling, gam­ing, text, or photo edit­ing, by ap­ply­ing vary­ing amounts of force with either a fin­ger, a knuckle, or a sty­lus.

“Our broad pa­tent port­fo­lio and years of proven ex­pe­ri­ence in touch tech­nol­ogy has once again en­abled us to pro­vide smart­phone OEMs and LCMs with cut­ting-edge user ex­pe­ri­ence so­lu­tions,” said Kevin Bar­ber, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Gen­eral Man­ager, Smart Dis­play Divi­sion, Sy­nap­tics. “The lat­est ClearPad fam­ily of prod­ucts ex­tends into mul­ti­ple mar­ket seg­ments with ex­cit­ing new func­tion­al­ity and un­der­scores Sy­nap­tics' in­no­va­tion and lead­er­ship in cre­at­ing un­matched touch so­lu­tions.”

One of the com­pany's touch con­troller so­lu­tions, known cur­rently as the Sy­nap­tics 3700 se­ries, will have th­ese fea­tures en­abled with it: ClearForce vari­able force sens­ing tech­nol­ogy, SideTouch for edge ges­tur­ing, unique ac­tive and pas­sive sty­lus ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and non-touch hover per­for­mance at dis­tances of 25mm.

Cur­rently, Ap­ple's 3D Touch tech­nol­ogy is not avail­able for non-Ap­ple de­vices. Sy­nap­tics is hop­ing to change that by 2016.

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