2D multi-touch and 3D gestures in one development kit from Microchip

October 09, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Microchip's 3DTouchPad is a PC peripheral and first development platform for 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures, applications and drivers.

The 3DTouchPad adds a dimension to input sensing by adding free-space gesture recognition to projected-capacitive multi-touch; as a development platform and reference design. The 3DTouchPad is the first development platform that combines 2D multi-touch and 3D air gesture input focussed on the PC/peripheral market. The 3DTouchPad provides robust and innovative 3D gesture recognition utilising Microchip's GestIC®technology that offers a detection range of up to 10 cm for 3D gestures, along with Microchip’s projected-capacitive 2D multi-touch solution supporting up to 10 touch points and multi-finger surface gestures. The 2D multi-touch is enhanced by Microchip’s capacitive touch-screen line driver, MTCH652, part of the same announcement.

The 3DTouchPad includes driverless, out-of-the-box features for Windows 7/8.X and OS X, 3D air gestures, advanced multi-touch performance including surface gestures, and a free downloadable GUI and SDK/API package tailored for developers. The possibilities for this technology also expand beyond the PC market and computer touch pads to include hands-free sanitary products, home automation, remote controls, game controllers, wearable devices and automotive applications.

The production-ready development kit includes free GUI and SDK to enable innovative 2D and 3D input devices for advanced human-interface designs.

The 3DTouchPad (DM160225) is priced at $99.00 -

Microchip Technology; www.microchip.com/get/RL1J