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New Products

The term "touchpad" is actually a misnomer. The capacitive touchpads in current notebooks use an electrical field to track finger positioning. It doesn't take a true touch to move the cursor-mere proximity of a finger will do it. Interlink Electronics (800-340-1331, 805-484-1331) has a new semiconductive touchpad based on the company's Force Sensing Resistor that uses physical touch to move the cursor. Interlink's VersaPad should start showing up in notebook computers later this year.

Copyright 1997 CMP Media Inc.

(From Windows Magazine, January 1997, page 86.)