Tobii and Synaptics Unveil Concept Laptop That Integrates Eye Tracking and Touchpad User Interface Controls

  Tobii and Synaptics Unveil Concept Laptop That Integrates Eye Tracking and
  Touchpad User Interface Controls

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STOCKHOLM -- June 25, 2013

Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction, and
Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface
solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices,
announced today a new prototype laptop powered by a combination of Synaptics
ForcePad touchpad and Tobii Gaze eye-tracking technology.

“This is an extremely exciting time in the evolution of human computing.The
combination of gaze and touch literally redefines the human computer interface
for notebook and desktop PC users, who want the ultimate intuitive computer
experience,” said Stan Swearingen, chief technology officer and senior vice
president of advanced development at Synaptics.“This prototype brings to life
how Synaptics’ ForcePad, the industry’s highest-performing and most innovative
touchpad solution, can harness the power of Tobii Gaze to bring all users a
new and unparalleled user experience.Tobii Gaze has the potential to open up
new markets and drive exponential product development opportunities for OEMs.”

The prototype laptop is based on a slim Ultrabook platform and provides a
preview of how Tobii Gaze will be broadly used in combination with innovative
touch interfaces in future computers. The new prototype will be showcased this
summer in meetings with industry leaders, strategic partners and media in the
U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as at events this fall.

“Computers are becoming truly multimodal, and by teaming up with leading-edge
technology partners we are expanding the scope of eye-tracking applications
and creating superior user interfaces,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii
Technology. “We are excited about our partnership with Synaptics, as it is
instrumental in showing how eye-tracking technology such as Tobii Gaze can
serve multiple functions and applications in the market. At Tobii, we are
pioneering innovation with a broad array of technology leaders and developers
to create a more natural and intuitive experience for computer users.”

Tobii Gaze,  the award-winning  eye-tracking interface introduced last year,
enables users to control the computer by combining their eye gaze with other
controls, such as touch, mouse and keyboard. Synaptics ForcePad revolutionizes
touchpad technology by introducing the element of pressure as an additional
control element of touch.

In January at CES, Tobii introduced and launched the Tobii REX Developer
Edition, which is the first peripheral eye-tracking product powered by Tobii
Gaze being made available for developers. Application developers can begin
exploring the benefits of Tobii Gaze today with the Tobii REX Developer
Edition. For more information about joining the Tobii Gaze Partner Program, go

About Tobii Technology

Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction.
Tobii delivers comprehensive, market-leading gaze solutions and OEM
eye-tracking components for applications such as computers, gaming and
vehicles. Tobii’s eye-tracking technology has accelerated the development of
gaze interaction in personal computing, transformed research in many fields
and enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs. Founded
in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and
recognition for its accomplishments. Based in Sweden, Tobii has a global
presence, with offices in the U.S., China, Germany, Japan and Norway, as well
as a worldwide network of resellers and partners. For more information, visit

About Synaptics

As a leading developer of human interface solutions which enhance the user
experience, Synaptics provides the broadest touch solutions portfolio in the
industry. The ClearPad™ family supports touchscreen solutions for devices
ranging from entry-level mobile phones to flagship premium smartphones,
tablets and notebook PCs. The TouchPad™ family, including ClickPad™ and
ForcePad™, is integrated into the majority of today’s notebook PCs. Synaptics’
wide portfolio also includes ThinTouch™ supporting thin and light keyboard
solutions, as well as key technologies for next generation touch-enabled video
and display applications. (NASDAQ: SYNA)


Corporate Contact:
Tobii Technology
Sara Hyléen, Marketing Director
+46 709 161 641
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In the U.S.:
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Kristina Messner, Senior Vice President of Public Relations
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Nick Rottler, Senior Manager of Corporate Marketing
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