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Hitachi Unveils Touchscreen Which Can be Used With Gloves

David Gilbert


Hitachi Unveils Touchscreen Which Can be Used With Gloves

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.


November 16, 2010, 7:23 pm

This'll be good. I'm sick of being shown something on friends' phones, and going to use my fingernail for extra accuracy when clicking a link, only to find it doesn't work.

It still doesn't provide the clicky-keyboard level of haptic feedback that you get from a resistive screen, though... roll on resistive multi-touch!

Technology changes, and so sho

November 17, 2010, 11:04 am

What is the surface material? Does it deform on touch?

It's all well and good extolling the virtues of this, but TR talks resistive down because it's plasticky and soft (because it has to be) and admiring the solid glass of capacitive. It'd be quite the u-turn for this site to talk up this technology only to complain that products using it feel cheap. Your article should be able to say what tier of products would suit this most so we don't get the wrong expectations.

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