Synaptics 3D Touch ClearForce -The TeCake

Following the 3D touch technology of Apple iPhone, the several android smartphones are likely to get the similar technology in early 2016. The human interface solution company, Synaptics has announced its ClearForce pressure-sensitive touch solution for Android smartphones.

The firm claims that its new ClearForce technology will enable the users to differentiate between speed scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or even allow performing several functions like photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or a stylus.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Barber, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Smart Display Division, Synaptics said, “This exciting next step in human interface for smartphones will soon become the norm and highlights Synaptics’ leadership in force. Early adopters of ClearForce include industry leading OEMs and LCMs seeking advanced technology that drives an enhanced and more productive user experienced.”

The firm has listed some of its functions that can take advantage of its ClearForce solution, including Variable speed scrolling, Picture zoom and panning, Function preview and selection, Continuously variable gaming control functions, Unlock and wake up, Right-side mouse click behavior (open contextual menus), Line thickness control while drawing (e.g., when writing Chinese characters and creating artwork), Image editing (brightness, contrast, saturation), Uppercase and symbol selection (to bypass keyboard mode changes).

The 3D Touch pressure-sensitive touch technology of Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus enables the users to differentiate between a quick tap and a long press and triggers actions consequently. However, the 3D touch was firstly introduced by a Chinese manufacturer, Huawei on its Mate S smartphone, unveiled at IFA.

The Synaptics ClearForce touchscreens are expected to ship at different OEMs and LCMs in early 2016 and likely to debut in flagship android smartphones, next year.

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