It’s a problem that’s more obvious during these frosty mornings and one that many of us struggle with. You’re running late for work so you want to text a colleague to cover for you. However you have your hand snuggly encased in some woolly gloves so can’t use your touchscreen. By the time you take off your glove and grip it in your teeth and type out the message, you’ve missed your train and you’re in even more trouble than before.
So it goes for users of modern capacitive touchscreen smartphones. They just cannot be used with gloved hands. Until now that is. At the FPD trade show, Hitachi has unveils a touchscreen which combines the precision and flexibility of resistive screens with the finger-using ability of capacitive screens. So it will have all the benefits of the responsive capacitive screens but wiil also accept the input from a stylus or a gloved finger.
The nice guys at Hitachi have said they are looking at late 2011 for the roll out of such technology with production starting in the second half of next year. While the video below shows how the screen may work, it doesn’t exactly fill us with excitement. Drawing smiley faces on apps and flowers on your home screen is all well and good, but we hope that by the time the technology is rolled out, they will have come up with more innovative uses for the screen.