We've seen NFC technology pop up in everything from smartphones to windshields, but a company called Cirque has now expanded it to desktops, as well, with its GlidePoint trackpad. Cirque's system is relatively straightforward, consisting of its GlidePoint module (with an onboard NFC antenna) and a simple touch sensor. With these two elements working in harmony, users can scan a compatible card by hovering it over the module, while simultaneously using the trackpad to execute onscreen functions. The company has applied the same concept to its proprietary glass touch panel, as well, which could be integrated at payment terminals, or within tablets and touch-based smartphones. It remains unclear whether we'll see this kind of technology pop up on the commercial level, but for more details, check out the demo video after the break, followed by the full press release.

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Cirque Solves the Problem of Simultaneous Touch and NFC Operation

8/5/2011 12:00:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cirque now offers the ability to combine touch sensing and Near Field Communications on GlidePoint trackpads and GlideTouch touch panels.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 29, 2011 – The combination of touch and near field communications operation has traditionally been problematic because both systems can interfere with one another. Now, Cirque has perfected the simultaneous operation of both touch and NFC. This advancement builds upon Cirque's patented integration of an NFC antenna with a touch sensor (US Patent 7,306,144). See a video demonstration of this solution in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo12Jxd0ox0

Cirque's GlidePoint trackpads and GlideTouch touch panels already offer industry leading features like multi-finger gestures, precise finger tracking and high resolution stylus performance. By combining NFC operation with touch sensing, Cirque solutions greatly simplify the addition of NFC to a wide variety of products. Now, customers can easily add touch input and near field communications to:

• Notebook computers
• Payment terminals
• Tablets and mobile phones
• Keyboards and PC peripherals
• Medical devices
• Industrial controls, and more

Near field communications are becoming increasingly popular for contactless card payment, logical access control, and mobile device communication. "So many devices combine touch and NFC", says Douglas Moore, Vice President of Cirque Input Solutions, "it is ideal to combine both technologies, which we can now do thanks to our patented methods."

Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety or markets such as notebook computers, payment, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque's wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.

Cirque, GlidePoint, GlideTouch and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. The technologies described in this release are protected by patents and patents pending.

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