USA: Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world's first development platform for 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures.
The 3DTouchPad reinvents input sensing by adding free space gesture recognition to projected-capacitive multi-touch as a compelling development platform and reference design. The 3DTouchPad is the first development platform that combines 2D multi-touch and 3D air gesture input focused on the PC/peripheral market.
The 3DTouchPad provides robust and innovative 3D gesture recognition utilising Microchip's GestIC technology that offers a detection range of up to 10 cm for 3D gestures, along with Microchip's highly responsive projected-capacitive 2D multi-touch solution supporting up to 10 touch points and multi-finger surface gestures. The 2D multi-touch is enhanced by Microchip's new capacitive touch-screen line driver, MTCH652, which was also announced on 8 October.
The new 3DTouchPad includes driverless, out-of-the-box features for Windows 7/8.X and OS X, 3D air gestures, advanced multi-touch performance including surface gestures, and a free downloadable GUI and SDK/API package tailored for developers.
The possibilities for this technology also expand beyond the PC market and computer touch pads to include hands-free sanitary products, home automation, remote controls, game controllers, wearable devices and automotive applications.