Synaptics Introduces New Gestures for Trackpads

chiral-rotate_desktop Touch, touch, touch. I’m not quite sure how I feel about gestures on trackpads. First, I’ve become less and less of a fan of trackpads, and second, I’d rather see touch directly on screens. But that’s me, and there are others who feel differently obviously. Synaptics is rolling out some new gestures as ‘drop-in-upgrades’ for devices with Synaptics trackpads that are already multi-touch capable. 

The two new gestures are:


  • ChiralRotate which allows you to move one finger in a circular motion to rotate images and graphics within applications.
  • Two-Finger Flick which allows you to use two fingers to flick horizontally to navigate back and forth through objects, or to flick vertically to minimize or maximize an app.

If anyone has a multi-touch capable trackpad and tries these out, fill us in on what you think.

Press release after the READ MORE link.

TOKYO, Japan —Sept. 30, 2008 — Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, today announced the availability of two new advanced gestures— ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick. These gestures join the company’s expanding portfolio of gesture recognition capabilities for Synaptics TouchPads used in popular notebooks and peripheral keyboards.


•        ChiralRotate lets users move one finger in a circular motion to rotate images and graphics within applications, quickly and easily.


•        Two-Finger Flick enables users, depending on the application, to either use two fingers to flick horizontally to navigate back-and-forth through images, documents and objects, or to flick vertically to minimize and maximize an application.

Consistent with previous Synaptics gestures (ChiralMotionâ„¢, Pinch and Momentum) announced earlier this year, ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick are compatible with hundreds of Microsoft Windows applications and offer tremendous value and productivity to any notebook or peripheral keyboard that integrates Synaptics’ industry-leading TouchPadâ„¢ touch-sensitive interfaces. The ChiralMotion gesture has gone through multiple usability tests, which have consistently demonstrated that continuous circular movement of the finger on the TouchPad is the most desirable, natural gesture for users to perform.

““The addition of ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick are the most recent examples of Synaptics’ ongoing commitment to driving innovation and improved usability to all types of PC applications,” said Mark Vena, vice president of Synaptics’ PC Business Unit. ““Consumer and business users alike are always looking for ways to do things faster and more intuitively on their notebook systems and PC peripherals, and these new Synaptics gestures are aimed at delivering just that.”

Working with photos and graphics becomes much more efficient when using a TouchPad enhanced with ChiralRotate or Two-Finger Flick. Users can review images quickly with Two-Finger Flick and rotate them within popular Windows applications with ChiralRotate, all without taking their fingers off the TouchPad. These gestures join other gesture options, such as Synaptics ChiralMotionâ„¢ technology – an advanced gesture that provides an innovative alternative to conventional scrolling. As an added convenience, all Synaptics TouchPad settings, including gesture functionality, can be turned on or off with the highly intuitive Synaptics Control Panel that is incorporated into most OEM notebook systems.


Availability: These new enhanced gesture options are available now on Synaptics TouchPads for PC notebook and keyboard devices. For more information on Synaptics’ ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick, visit

About Synaptics

Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) is a leading developer of interface solutions for the mobile computing, communications and entertainment industries. The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, digital music players and mobile phones. The TouchPadâ„¢, Synaptics’ flagship product, is integrated into a majority of today’s notebook computers. Consumer electronics and computing manufacturers use Synaptics’ solutions to enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved usability, functionality and industrial design. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. See gestures for Synaptics TouchPad at

Via Laptop Mag

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