It is ‘Eureka’ times for Fujitsu as they have just announced the release a new multi-input resistive touch panels that has the capability to detect simultaneous inputs. So what this means is that can use both your fingers as well as your stylus to make the input and the display has enough brains to pick up both. Of course, this is not the first time the world is seeing multi-touch display but what makes the multi-touch display panels from Fujitsu special is that this is the first time this functionality has been associated with resistive panels, the feature being the exclusive purview of only capacitive touch screens so far.
Or if the above description sounds too ‘mumbo jumbo’ to you, here it is. Capacitive touch screens like those found in popular gadgets like the iPhones or iPads rely on changes in the electrical charge to register a touch event. When the screen is touched, a change in the electrical charge occurs and that leads to the system in registering a touch action. For resistive touch screens, is the pressure from the finger or the stylus that acts the device to register a touch action. And the screen made by Fujitsu can register the pressure emanating from both a stylus or the finger simultaneously.
Fujitsu also announced their multi-touch panels are competent enough to handle both single-tap and multi-touch gestures. It can pick up pressures of varying intensities as well as of varying materials like a pen, light finger touch and so on. It also is just as responsive even when it is being operated upon with fingers with the gloves on.
The use of touch panels is on the rise and continues to grow at a feverish pace, and it surely is a smart move on part of Fujitsu to have come up with such a technology at just the right time.