As a wide eyed juvenile there was nothing more exciting than staring at the cinema screen with clunky red and blue glasses on as an image jumped out at you. Or how about seeing a 3D image displayed at a click of the button uttering the words “help me obi wan Kenobi you’re my only hope”. Now leaping forward in time – the hot new trend in technology seems to becoming an even bigger reality.
Most 3D technology is associated with movies, games and more recently in printing. The mix of colors, lighting and textures help bring images to life and awakens the senses. The 3D Architecture modeling is nothing new but transforming from 2D to 3D can make a difference. Two-dimensional design only shows how long and wide something is, whereas 3D can measure how low, how wide, and how deep an image is playing on depth perception. Whether it is TV, laptops, or printing – creating a new vivid third dimensional image experience is a hot new trend in technology.
In a press release on October 6, 2015 Synaptics announced its “ClearPad® ClearForce™ force-sensing solutions” technology for smartphones. According to Synaptics. (2015) “ClearForce enables OEMs to differentiate smartphones by providing customers with new dimensions in user interfaces such as speed scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or stylus.” Synaptics adds that the ClearForce technology will include the following capabilities:
“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)
Upper case and symbol selection (to bypass keyboard mode changes)” – Synaptics (2015).
Synaptics is associated with a leading electronics company Samsung and expects to have this technology on the market by early 2016 – only available on smartphones. But the goal according to Synaptics is to expand the software capability to tablets, touch screens and wearables. With this in mind imagine how cool it would be to give a presentation that will literally pop with incredible visual aids with a simple touch of the screen.
May the force be with you…
Synaptics. (2015). Synaptics Announces ClearForce Technology for Smartphones. Retrieved