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Tobii, Synaptics partner on Ultrabook prototype

Posted: 28 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tobii Technology  Synaptics  prototype  ForcePad  eye-tracking technology 

Tobii Technology, a provider of eye tracking and gaze interaction solutions, and Synaptics Inc., a developer of human interface solutions, have jointly developed a prototype laptop, which is powered by a combination of Synaptics ForcePad touchpad and Tobii Gaze eye-tracking technology.

"The combination of gaze and touch literally redefines the human computer interface for notebook and desktop PC users, who want the ultimate intuitive computer experience," said Stan Swearingen, chief technology officer and senior vice president of advanced development at Synaptics. "This prototype brings to life how Synaptics' ForcePad, the industry's highest-performing and most innovative touchpad solution, can harness the power of Tobii Gaze to bring all users a new and unparalleled user experience. Tobii Gaze has the potential to open up new markets and drive exponential product development opportunities for OEMs."

The prototype laptop is based on a slim Ultrabook platform and provides a preview of how Tobii Gaze will be broadly used in combination with touch interfaces in future computers. The new prototype will be showcased this summer in meetings with industry leaders, strategic partners and media in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as at events this fall.

Tobii Gaze, the eye-tracking interface introduced last year, enables users to control the computer by combining their eye gaze with other controls, such as touch, mouse and keyboard. Synaptics ForcePad introduces the element of pressure as an additional control element of touch.

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