pointing stick


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pointing stick

[′pȯint·iŋ ‚stik]
(computer science)
A small rubberized device located in the center of a computer keyboard, which is moved with a finger tip to position a pointer.

pointing stick

pointing stick

A pointing device that looks like a pencil eraser between the G, H and B keys. It is moved with the forefinger, while the thumb is used to press related keys located in front of the space bar. IBM popularized this device by introducing the TrackPoint on its ThinkPad notebooks. See mouse, trackball and touchpad.


The Pointing Stick
Popularized by IBM's TrackPoint, the pointing stick has been very popular on IBM and other laptops.
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Each of our customers has different requirements for a dual pointing solutions and we feel there is a need for us to offer both capacitive and resistive pointing stick products in combination with our capacitive TouchPad.
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Synaptics' engineered solutions for device manufacturers include: TouchPad(TM) the industry standard notebook navigation device; TouchStyk(TM), a modular capacitive pointing stick solution; SpeakerPad(TM), an integrated audio speaker and notebook TouchPad; LuxPad(TM), an illuminated TouchPad; TouchRing(TM), a one dimensional scrolling solution for MP3 devices; NavPoint(TM), a navigation, scrolling, and selection interface for PDAs; and QuickStroke(R), a proprietary Chinese handwriting recognition software.
4-inch screen and a full keyboard and pointing stick.
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