NSF-funded graduate researcher developed multi-finger touch function now used in smartphones
Through NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, graduate researchers make discoveries and create technologies with commercial applications
The touch screen technology allows use of multiple fingers on mobile devices.
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October 17, 2017
Through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), NSF has funded thousands of graduate researchers, many of whom have made important discoveries while still in graduate school.
For example, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow developed a touch screen to recognize multi-finger gestures for computer input--using two fingers on a screen to zoom in and out--a breakthrough technology that is now ubiquitous in smartphones and other mobile devices.
Since 1952, this program has supported 42 students who went onto win Nobel Prizes.
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