Synaptics (s syna) is the company behind most trackpads used on notebooks, including the multitouch variety that is becoming more common. The company is not happy to sit on mere multitouch capability; it wants to open trackpad usage up to gesture control. It’s announcing today a new beta program for technology called Scrybe that opens up the trackpad to a host of interface control options.
Scrybe is designed to let users draw gestures and letters on the trackpad with the fingertip, each of which fires up some function. The technology allows searching by drawing a question mark on the pad, and common functions like copy and paste can be triggered via symbols. Scrybe is configurable by the user to cause gestures to trigger commonly used functions. For example, you could configure the trackpad to open up the Wikipedia web site when a “W” is drawn on the trackpad.
Scrybe is open to OEMs to participate in the early program, and the company is making the beta technology available to end users. Simply visit the Scrybe site and sign up for the program to get access to the technology.