Synaptics outs ClearForce pressure-sensitive screen tech, brings 3D Touch for all (video demo)


Apple was rumored for a while to unveil new iPhones with pressure-sensitive screen technology, which at the time was known as Force Touch. Huawei beat it to the punch with the announcement of the first phone with a Force Touch display, the Mate S, though this one has yet to hit the shelves, while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are already in the hands of their 13 million users and counting.

Apple dubbed the technology 3D Touch, but it is essentially the same thing - the screen reacts based on the pressure level you apply to it, popping up context menus, or doing other actions assigned to the task. Synaptics, however, the makers of all things touch, including the pads on your laptop, just posted a demo of their own pressure-sensitive screen tech, dubbed ClearForce this time, indicating what Huawei might have incorporated in its Mate S. 

The ClearForce demo envisages much more usage scenarios for its pressure level display tech, including website scrolling with a harder press, which would be a godsend on big-screen phones. Others include variable speed scrolling, picture zoom and panning, continuously variable gaming control functions, unlock and wake up, keyboard symbol and upper case selection, and many more.

Thus, Apple's 3D Touch and the Mate S Force Touch won't be staying exclusive for long, it seems, as now every manufacturer willing to take the plunge with Synaptics ClearForce, will be able to equip its phones or tablets with pressure-sensitive displays. As Senior VP of Synaptics Kevin Barber puts it: "This exciting next step in human interface for smartphones will soon become the norm and highlights Synaptics' leadership in force." May the force be with you, Kevin.

source: Synaptics

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13 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

the last one won't be good because the moment you press the phone it will bend forward and therefore shaken up the picture. And the first two are pretty the same as in the actual devices. so yeah, stop pushing features that are already there in every phone. IMO

13. Cn_Se

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

agreed. when I want to take pictures with minimum shaking, I set a timer, usually 2 sec.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

So, now that nearly every flagship has a fingerprint sensor, I guess this will this be the next trend?

3. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"Apple 3D touch is a useless gimmick" iHaters 9.9.2015 "The galaxy S7, (with S-touch) is the best smartphone ever made, without any useless gimicks" iHaters early 2016. Need I write more ?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, people buy Galaxy S5 just because it have fingerprint sensor right? and people will buy S7 just because it have forcetouch

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

He conveniently forgot about about NFC which was gimmick to iFans until Apple Pay

5. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

There are mindless haters like the ones you listed... and then there are actually SENSIBLE PEOPLE that aren't ignorant

7. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Depends on how you incorporate the feature to determine if it's a "useless gimmick" or not.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yup just like peep view, multi window, stylus', phablets, big screen tablets, wearables...........Should I continue?

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Lol 36 seconds in his finger goes inside his screen.... tf?

9. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Looks like I'm probably skipping a new phone to replace my S5 since there's nothing worth buying to replace it, so I might wait for more phones with force touch as it will be an actual upgrade instead of most phones doing nothing but shaving a few microseconds at navigating the menus.

11. wg1234

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Good point, if I can resist temptation I would do the same thing, problem is I've got a itch. Currently got a Note 3 so not to bad....must resist the itch lol

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

that was the most boring video ever...

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