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Varatouch Releases the World’s Smallest Joystick; The Nanopoint Enables Full Analog Control -- Ideal for Handheld Devices, Including Cell Phones, PDA’s, Games and GPS Receivers


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EL DORADO HILLS, CA -- Dec. 21, 2004 -- Varatouch, the leading designer of innovative input devices for consumer products, introduced today the world’s smallest joystick. The design is based off of Vsense(TM) technology developed by Varatouch that enables the lowest cost, fully functional, smallest form factor for this device on the market. The Nanopoint(TM) joystick is only 3.3mm high, with a diameter of only 12.7mm, which makes this design ideal for cell phones, gaming, GPS and other multimedia applications. Full analog variable control of a joystick allows for almost infinite positioning capability, full proportionality and better control on a small handheld display.

In addition to having the world’s smallest form factor, Varatouch’s model will enable designers to take advantage of long life, low power consumption, instant wake-up and variable speed advantages that this technology offers. Other devices available in the market can’t compete with the simplicity and total control that the Nanopoint joystick has to offer.

“Our customers have asked for really small analog joysticks. This Nanopoint is an integral product (for our partners) in the wireless and gaming industries, for development of their next generation handheld devices,” says Craig Vachon, CEO of Varatouch.

“Although these days ’digital’ is thought to be synonymous with ’better,’ the reality is that the current crop of digital phone user interfaces are quite poor. Digital directional navigation buttons only allow us to move in four directions at one speed or naught,” says Derek Kerton, Principal Analyst of the Kerton Group. “The analog Vsense(TM) technology in Varatouch’s joysticks allows users to move in infinite directions at variable speeds. This is extremely useful in navigating complicated user interfaces, long lists, productivity applications and advanced games available on today’s mobile phones.”

Varatouch (www.varatouch.com) is an intellectual property company dedicated to the design of innovative analog input devices. Varatouch’s patented Vsense technology enables our partners to exclusively develop, market and manufacture low cost, simple and reliable human interface solutions for consumer electronic products. Working with our distribution partners, we together make it a better experience for consumers to interface with technology in everyday life.

Nanopoint(TM) photos are available on our website www.varatouch.com.



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