Ever wanted to know what is inside the Zune Pad? You are in luck- my compulsion to take things apart kicked in the other day after a bout of boredom. The pics may not be for the feint hearted, but I can assure you that no functional Zunes were harmed in the making of this disassembly. This one was already on its death bed. I would also like to mention that opening up the Zune Pad will render it useless.
Please read on for some great pics and a bit about the tech behind the touchpad.
The touchpad is the same tech as what you would find on your laptops touch pad, the Zen Vision:M’s touch strip, and the iPod’s touch wheel. The Zune’s touchpad along with most of the previously mentioned pad are made by Synaptics. What I find interesting is that even though the main functions of the Zune only use horizontal and vertical scrolling, the pad has the ability to track the full range of 2D positioning just like a typical laptop’s touchpad. This comes in handy with Zune game development where as it is behaves like the Xbox 360’s right analogue stick. According to Synaptics website, this positioning is accurate to 1/1000th of an inch.
Here is a video I made of the Zune Pad in action. It has a very cool “orgainic” feel to it- acting like a real world wheel. I will admit though, I normally have the touch sensitive controls turned off. Nice that we have that choice.