The SmartBar Brings Touch Capabilities to Keyboard Spacebars

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jun 4, 2015
References: synaptics & gizmag
San Jose-based company Synaptics' SmartBar technology converts the humble spacebar into a touch-based interface that is always within your thumb's reach.

The SmartBar offers a wide range of functions. Holding the left thumb stationary while sliding the right thumb left and right can be used for vertical scrolling. Thumbs can be moved closer or farther apart to zoom in and out. Swiping a thumb in either direction can be used to select text, while pushing the spacebar with both thumbs launches a customizable pop-up menu.

By taking an old computing element like the spacebar and adding modern touch functionality to it, Synaptics has proven that computing innovation doesn't always have to be based on an 'out with the old, in with the new' philosophy. Rather, old form factors can be enhanced with modern tech for greater functionality.