07030860 is referenced by 391 patents and cites 40 patents.

A transparent, capacitive sensing system particularly well suited for input to electronic devices is described. The sensing system can be used to emulate physical buttons or slider switches that are either displayed on an active display device or printed on an underlying surface. The capacitive sensor can further be used as an input device for a graphical user interface, especially if overlaid on top of an active display device like an LCD screen to sense finger position (X/Y position) and contact area (Z) over the display. In addition, the sensor can be made with flexible material for touch sensing on a three-dimensional surface. Because the sensor is substantially transparent, the underlying surface can be viewed through the sensor. This allows the underlying area to be used for alternative applications that may not necessarily be related to the sensing system. Examples include advertising, an additional user interface display, or apparatus such as a camera or a biometric security device.

Title
Flexible transparent touch sensing system for electronic devices
Application Number
9/415481
Publication Number
7030860 (B1)
Application Date
October 8, 1999
Publication Date
April 18, 2006
Inventor
David Gillespie
Los Gatos
CA, US
Richard Schediwy
Union City
CA, US
Shawn P Day
San Jose
CA, US
Andrew C Hsu
Belmont
CA, US
Agent
Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz PC
Assignee
Synaptics Incorporated
CA, US
IPC
G09G 5/08
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