Cypress Unveils Hover Tracking Technology for Their Touchscreens

April 23, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Those of you using a Samsung i8910 or a Palm Pre are probably (or maybe not) aware that their touchscreen is powered by Cypress technology. While this wasn’t so intriguing until now, recent developments in it have made it much more interesting.

Cypress have just given a demonstration of their newest killer app: TrueTouch screens which can actually detect hovering movements, not just direct contact – that’s right, your applications can now finally provide feedback for hover actions, which means we should soon see an influx of apps providing the new functionality.

According to Cypress, the new tech should be ready before the first half of the year has ended – but there does seem to be a “small” problem up ahead. Remember how Apple have been quite lawsuit-happy lately over companies infringing on their patents? Well, it’s worth noting that a few months ago, they patented a technology which is more or less the same, so we’d expect them to, yet again, raise their voice sooner or later.

[ Via Engadget ]

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