Synaptics Fuse Concept Phone Shows An Exciting Future For Touchscreen Technology
Though the multi-touch technology rolled into the latest smartphones may still seem pretty high-tech, Synaptics and a group of partners have recently released the Fuse concept phone, which takes touch-based navigation to the next logical level. Partners include TheAlloy, The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), Immersion, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
Unlike smartphones of today, this concept allows the user to operate with one hand. It features a ton of sensors including multi-touch capacitive sensing, haptic feedback, 3-D graphics, and force, grip, and proximity sensing. All this extra sensitivity lets the user interact in a much more immersive way. One can flick the back of the phone to scroll through menu options or squeeze the sides to switch screens. To get visual on how slick this phone is, watch the video demo below.
Can't wait to pick up a Fuse phone? Unfortunately, you'll have to because the collaborative effort was more about technology than hardware. The Fuse will probably never become an actual product, but the technology inside will be marketed to phone manufacturers. I don't see why we wouldn't see some phones that incorporate this versatile interface in the next few years.
Those interested can see the concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January.