By Chuong Nguyen | July 23, 2009 10:31 AM
Sure, you may be good with ten-key touch touching on a typewriter and physical keyboard, but you’re probably not so hot when it comes to trying to use more than one or two fingers on a miniature device like the Touch Diamond2 or the iPhone. Synaptics, a company that typically makes trackpads, has devised a ClearPad 300 capacitive touchscreen that is more efficient and can handle up to ten fingers for different touch and gesture control–perfect for the touch typist on a larger tablet (or if Apple ever releases a larger-screen iTablet, an issue that’s been dominating the Apple blogs as of late).
The Synaptics ClearPad 300 can handle up to ten inputs at the same time, which makes Apple’s four-finger gesture touchpad on its portable notebook lineup seem obsolete. Moreover, the technology can bring slimmer and narrower screen borders to devices, unlike the previous generation ClearPad 200 found on the T-Mobile G1. The fact that the ClearPad 300 can scale up to 8-inch displays make the possibility of that Apple iTablet seem more plausible. Now, hopefully, we’ll get the scaled down version for a more pocketable Windows Phone touch display when Windows Mobile 7 hits.
For more information about capacitive touchscreens, you can read our comparisons between capacitive and resistive screen technology.