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May 01, 2008

Neonode's Touch Screen Technology Gets Japanese Patent

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Neonode (News - Alert), specializing in the development of touch screen technologies and designing of mobile handsets, has announced that it received approval by the Japanese Patent and Trademark Office for its optical touch screen technology, zForce.

“Several of the world’s leading consumer electronics manufacturers are based in Japan. Not only are they often first to market with innovative mobile products but Japanese consumers spend the highest amount per capita on consumer electronics of any nation in the world,” said Mikael Hagman, President & CEO of Neonode. “We expect to fully capitalize on the opportunity to license zForce in this market.”
zForce is based on infrared LEDs and photodiodes which work in the presence of sunlight. This enables navigation by finger movements and sweeping motions with no need for stylus, keys or the application of hard pressure. Other Neonode patent pending products are centered on finger-based input touch screen technology.
The technology behind the zForce is very cost efficient considering its components besides the manufacturing process is simple when compared to the expensive layered capacitive and resistive touch screens available in the market presently.
The zForce technology is flexible and allows licensing opportunities for Neonode including the ability to be licensed to third-party companies for incorporating it into different kinds of touch screen products like digital cameras, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and ultra-portable laptops.
zForce has been provided in Neonode’s touch screen mobile phone named the Neonode N2.
Neonode N2 includes features like a 2 inch display without physical buttons in a small handset which fits in a user's palm. The handset is designed to navigate the menus and functions with taps and sweeps of the thumb.
Neonode focuses on solutions that improve user experience on complex devices and develops innovative differentiated touch screen hardware and software technologies. The company currently licenses its technologies to other companies, and also designs and sells its own Neonode branded devices, such as the optical touch screen phone Neonode N2.
Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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