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Issues to cover (not exhaustive):

  • Inventors and patents
  • History
    • First trackpads
    • First computers with integrated trackpads
    • Palmtops with trackpads (e.g. GeoFox One)
    • Phones with trackpads (e.g. BlackBerry)
  • Types
    • Integrated and external
    • Buttons vs clickable surface (e.g. Apple, Psion Mobile Computers)
    • Relative vs absolute co-ordinates (again with the Psion MC series)
    • Single point vs multitouch, and whether capacitive trackpads are inherently multitouch