Synaptics Makes Windows 8 Metro UI Interaction Possible on Non-Touchscreen Devices

Gesture based touch technology specialists Synaptics has partnered with Microsoft to develop trackpads that would allow Windows 8 users to navigate on non-touchscreen based devices.

The company said that the series 7 ClearPad and ClickPad solutions for Windows 8 will be demoed at the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit in Taipei.

The ClearPad Series 7 touch based solution has been designed for 10.1 inches and 11.6 inches clamshell notebooks and tablet devices.

The company also unveiled a multi-touch pad solution called the ClickPad, which would allow users to use the Metro user interface in Windows 8 and the normal desktop interface using the trackpad on the laptop.

"The time for PC OEMs to design for Windows 8 with touch has arrived. Synaptics is excited to deliver on the promise of advanced touchscreen and innovative TouchPad technology, which will play an important role in how users interact with their Windows 8 PCs and tablets," said Mark Vena, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Synaptics' PC Division.

"We're especially enthusiastic about new product concepts like Intel's thin and light Ultrabook which will take special advantage of Synaptics' technology", he added.