An early adopter of the Synaptics SmartBar technology is Tt eSPORTS, the gaming accessory division of Thermaltake. “Enabling keyboard space bars with this powerful solution highlights our commitment to offering the most personalized and highest quality experience,” said Kenny Lin, Chairman and CEO of Thermaltake.
Huibert Verhoeven, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Human Interface Systems Division (HISD), Synaptics, said, “Integrating our touch and biometrics technology into the desktop market is a natural extension of our solutions, and just the next step in our mission to further advance the human interface revolution.”
Synaptics was founded as a neural network research company in 1986, but gained fame when it started shipping commercial products in 1995, starting with its flagship TouchPad mouse interface. Many laptops all over the world use Synaptics touchpads even today. The company will be looking to tap into the largely underdeveloped PC and laptop industry with the new SmartBar technology, in order to develop the nascent state of touch control in the PC market.