MIT Has Designed The Smallest Trackpad You Have Ever Seen

Posted: Apr 19 2015, 10:30am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 19 2015, 12:42pm CDT, in Technology News


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MIT has designed the smallest trackpad you will see
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The trackpad fits on your thumbnail and lets you take control of your smartphone

As the technology is advancing, it is even becoming slimmer and smaller. With everything wireless and hands-free all around us, things had to get pretty amazing and now this technology is pretty much usable for controlling our very own smartphones. Yup, that’s right. At least this is what MIT’s latest gizmo has us believing – it is a tiny trackpad which can easily fit on your thumbnail and allow you to take control from right there.

How you possibly fit anything into this little device? We are sure finding it surprising that the thumbnail sized trackpad is going to come along with a capacitive panel, a Bluetooth chip, and a rechargeable battery – all fitted into one tiny body.

The antenna however, was the most difficult to fit inside according to the creators. Grad student Artem Dementyev notes, “You have to put the antenna far enough away from the chips so that it doesn’t interfere with them.” This surely sounds like a lot of hard work considering the tiny form factor of the little Thumbelina device.

The creators of the MIT thumbnail trackpad haven’t created a full time trackpad like the one you are used to using on the laptop. This one is for quick interactions; for instance when you have to send text or email replies and answer or end phone calls.

You must be wondering that voice commands are much easier than having to fit something on your thumb but in reality the voice commands aren’t always practical. Would you want to say out loud your commands while sitting in a quiet library or a crowded room? Of course not.

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