Synaptics (a touchpad original equipment manufacturer and provider for most major computer and laptop companies, such as Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba, IBM, Samsung, and several others) joined forces with several companies (Texas Instruments, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe) in creating conceptual touch-screen phone, called Fuse.
In order to improve the “human-device” interaction Fuse combines several interface technologies, including haptic feedback, multi touch, 3D graphics, proximity and grip sensors.
Fuse’s innovative sensing technologies surrounding the entire device enable quick, intuitive, single-handed navigation. For example, grip sensing achieved via force and capacitive touch sensors on the sides of the phone allows the user to execute common controls such as pan and scroll.
In addition to the novel side sensors, Fuse introduces for the first time, 2D navigation from the back of the phone (through a touch panel on the back). This feature offers yet another mode of effective and fun single-handed control without obstructing the display.
William Stofega, research manager for mobile device technology and trends at IDC said: “Consumers have many options when it comes to choosing a smartphone, and though many phones are loaded with applications to simplify one’s life, they often accomplish just the opposite” and added: "Synaptics partnering with innovative industry leaders to deliver an intelligent concept device that has the consumers' lifestyles in mind will help showcase the true potential of the smartphone.”
Synaptics will officially present the phone during CES 2010 in Las Vegas, and at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona.