"While Danger Den was firing up its laser cutter, we submitted our touchpad design to Synaptics, a California company that makes trackpads in many laptops. We described a clear, USB-interface touchpad with an integrated proximity sensor that would light up the area whenever a hand approached. To our surprise, Synaptics' concept-prototyping crew said, “No problem.” Within weeks, a working unit arrived at our labs.
About a month later, a massive wooden box containing our 6-foot-wide, wing-shaped acrylic desk was delivered. And more deliveries kept coming, until we were surrounded by a sea of boxes and electronic parts. Now, the real work was about to start."