Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Cirque® GlidePoint® Gen 4 trackpads provide a rich gesture suite with no driver required. In addition, five independent touch points are reported enabling custom gesture development.
Salt Lake City, Utah - Cirque Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd, and the original developer of capacitive sensing technology announces the release of GlidePoint Gen 4, the next standard in capacitive trackpads. Gen 4 trackpads use proprietary image sensing technology to track multiple fingers. Familiar gestures like scrolling, zooming, and Windows® 8 edge gestures are possible, all without installing a driver. A large object detection method is used to differentiate between fingers or a palm touching the trackpad. This prevents a palm from causing inadvertent cursor movement, taps, and gestures.
GlidePoint Gen 4 provides flexibility for product designs. Trackpads can be integrated into PC peripherals, tablet accessories, specialized keyboards, game controllers, remote controls, medical devices, industrial machinery, and more. Customized shapes and sizes are possible. Deployed finished Gen 4 based products can be updated with new features through the included boot-loader.
“Gen 4 is an exceptional new standard for touch technology,” says Nate Coy, OEM Sales Director. “Familiar gestures that people use every day, industry leading performance, multiple finger detection, field upgradable, and no driver requirement make this a very versatile solution.”
Through Cirque's adaptable manufacturing model, IC components may be purchased for custom designs. Standard off-the-shelf Gen 4 modules are available in 115x105, 105x65, and 65x49 sizes. Additional standard sizes are anticipated in the near future.
For more information about GlidePoint Gen 4 trackpads, see: http://www.cirque.com/solutions/oemtouchpads.aspx
About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety of markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions, or visit http://www.cirque.com.
About Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
Alps Electric is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles, and industrial equipment. With the philosophy of “Perfecting the Art of Electronics” Alps Electric supplies over 40,000 different components to about 2,000 companies all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.alps.com.
Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. All other marks are property of their respective owners.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Cirque® GlidePoint® 3.7 driver supports new gestures in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 operating systems.
Salt Lake City, Utah - Cirque Corporation, the original developer of capacitive sensing trackpads, announces the release of the GlidePoint 3.7 driver. New features in the 3.7 driver support the gestures in Windows 8.1. These gestures allow users to perform quick actions such as search, open settings, close an application, find recently used applications, and switch between applications.
“Cirque offers these new options to improve the productivity, ease of use, and functionality of trackpads in products where Windows 8.1 is the OS,” said Nate Coy, OEM Product Sales Manager
The new GlidePoint 3.7 driver can be used with Cirque’s Smart Cat Pro, Smart Cat, and Easy Cat trackpads. The driver feature set works retroactively with tablet and PC keyboards, desktop peripherals, and other industrial and consumer electronic devices using GlidePoint products. Users simply update the driver for currently installed trackpads to gain the use of the new functionality.
To download the GlidePoint 3.7 driver, visit: http://www.cirque.com/desktoptouchpad/drivers.aspx
About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety of markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque's wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.
Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the property of Microsoft.
Windows 8 and newer is required to use the Windows 8 gestures.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The NFC revolution continues to charge forward and we wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at our GlidePoint® NFC evaluation kit.
You can see an introduction to the product below. GlidePoint NFC offers the standard touch features expected of a trackpad, integrated with an NFC sensor.
GlidePoint NFC is applicable to a wide array of markets including:
Thursday, June 21, 2012
COMPUTEX show in Taipei earlier this month. Of course, who wouldn't enjoy themselves when surrounded by all that new technology?
Because we want you to actually read this summary, we'll focus on a few short highlights of the show. If you get the chance next year, we highly suggest attending. Then you'll see why this report just barely breaks the surface of how great the show was.
Dividing up the technologiesWe applaud COMPUTEX for dividing up the technologies into different sections. Often, products and company portfolios can span many categories, but it was still nice to be able to evaluate many security, cloud, and tablet products at the same time.
For the most part, Hall 1 was separated into these categories, enabling us to be much more educated as we explored the new products.
Ultrabooks are looking goodWe like the efforts of all the manufacturers for driving the Ultrabook market. Intel and many OEM's displayed a lot of products and we continue to be excited about developments in this arena. In addition, we were interested to see that AMD is putting effort into laptops that offer a similar feel to the Ultrabook lines—we'll be keeping watch to see if this trend continues.
Technology AdvancementsCOMPUTEX 2012 gave the opportunity to see increases in performance and simplicity for technologies we use every day. There were advancements in solid-state disk-drives, Windows 8 tablets, mobile phones, wireless routers and so much more.
Did you have the chance to make it to COMPUTEX this month? If so, let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below. If not, what did you hear about that most captures your interest?
Hope to see everyone there next year!
Friday, February 24, 2012
A new development out of Georgia Tech looks to simplify phone input by decreasing the number of keys needed to type and eliminating the need to view the screen. Researchers have released an open-source app, called BrailleTouch, which is based upon the Braille system used by the visually impaired.
Only 3 fingers from each hand are necessary to type with BrailleTouch and the phone faces away from the user's line of sight. As touchscreen typing occurs, audio feedback from the phone's speaker allows the user to know if the correct text was input.
The new system does require the user to learn to type using the Braille Alphabet, but in the demonstration video below, Mario Romero, the project's primary investigator, says users can attain this skill fairly easily (he does highlight that reading Braille and typing Braille are two very different abilities).
We'll be trying BrailleTouch out soon. Will you be incorporating BrailleTouch in to your daily smartphone use?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Next generation computing platforms with touch and Near Field Communication, powered by Cirque GlidePoint®.
Salt Lake City, Utah – January 6, 2012 – Cirque continues to lead the industry in the combination of touch and NFC capability at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GlidePoint trackpads featuring the patented integration of touch and NFC will be on display at the NXP Semiconductors booth (CES Central Plaza, booth: CP8). We will be showing examples of GlidePoint with NFC in a notebook PC and in an industrial keyboard.
The demand for NFC capability is rapidly increasing. Native support in Windows 8 and new applications for data sharing and device pairing make NFC a necessity for future computing platforms. The trackpad, already a natural user input device, is the perfect place for adding NFC to a portable computer, especially for designs using metal enclosures. Cirque’s patented methods for combining an NFC antenna with a touch sensor, and ensuring the two systems do not interfere with each other, enables PC OEMs to easily add NFC to their devices.
See Cirque’s NFC enabled trackpad technology in action at CES 2012, and stay tuned to cirque.com and our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/CirqueCorp) for more NFC and touch content.
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety or markets such as notebook computers, payment, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.
Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Welcome back for a new demonstration of the GlidePoint® NFC solution. Today, we're looking at some real-world applications for using GlidePoint NFC.
The demonstration includes a GlidePoint NFC trackpad installed on this laptop computer. The NFC communication will take place between the trackpad and both this Galaxy Nexus and this Mifare NFC card.
To begin, we'll send a URL from the phone. Here we have Cirque's webpage. As the devices communicate, the URL is sent to the PC.
In this same fashion, we're able to communicate maps… and contacts. Both of these can happen via GlidePoint NFC.
Watch as a webpage is transferred from this business card to the NFC touchpad. In the future, you're going to see more information stored in everyday items.
Thank you for watching this demonstration today. For more information on GlidePoint NFC or other Cirque products, please visit www.cirque.com.
Press Release, GlidePoint NFC Page, Video
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
♫ Some introductory Music ♫
Welcome to the demonstration of Cirque's High Resolution Input Stylus.
The High Resolution Stylus can be used in devices like point of sale payment terminals, graphic tablets, and signature capture pads.
Today we'll be looking at a Stylus Demonstration Kit. You can see that this would be easy for including in a device needing pen input. The demonstration kit includes a glass panel touchscreen, stylus, and a controller board. We will be interfacing with my computer through a USB connection.
This product is not limited to touchscreens. You can also have a signature capture device created on a printed circuit board, and you can see here that the sizing options are endless.
We'll begin by using the stylus. You can see on the screen the input on the right, and then without making any adjustments, input from the finger can be captured as well.
This is the same input on the actual screen. For signature capture, forensic quality is considered 300 samples per second. At Cirque, we exceed that and offer up to 550 samples per second.
High Resolution Stylus has a pen priority mode which defaults to the stylus if input is received from both pen and finger. Pen priority mode allows users to hold the pen in any way desired without accidentally causing input if the sensor is touched.
Finally, let's capture a forensic quality signature. Today, I'll be signing with the name "Elvis" and because this performs 550 samples per second, this signature is forensic quality.
Thank you for watching the demonstration of Cirque's High Resolution Input Stylus. If you have any questions or would like to see further demos, please visit www.Cirque.com.
♫ Closing Music ♫
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
It's happened to us all. The sun shines through a few scattered clouds. The deep blue sky contrasts perfectly with the surrounding green meadow and scattered mountain peaks. It's a gorgeous day for a drive.
It's also the perfect day for wildlife to be up and about, crossing the road and in general getting in your way.
So when you need to find the nearest gas station, are you able to look at the touchscreen of your navigation system? Of course not! You need to be focused, eyes on the road, avoiding obstacles that could present themselves at any minute.
See the videos below to see Audi's use of the GlidePoint® trackpad to make navigation and auto automation systems easy to use while keeping drivers' attention in front of the vehicle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ1qD09R1vU is really good from 1:20 to 1:30.