I popped by Synaptics today, just on a whim, and was lucky to catch the LG Prada in its native habitat: lying, unloved, on a table. All that was missing was a credit card and some blow and we’d have an image of the phone’s true future milieu. But I digress.
Synaptics makes the capacitive sensors in the screen that allow you to move a little fish around the Prada phone’s UI.
One cool thing, however, was this odd little Russian phone. Instead of having to type your messages, you simply “draw” them on the keypad. The buttons double as a touchpad and, coupled with handwriting recognition, you’ve got quite a cool combo. Sneaky, sneaky Russians.