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New Touchscreen Technology Like Writing On Paper 123

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the harder-better-faster dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A company claims it has the technology to make writing on touchscreens more like writing with pencil and paper, when the harder you press the thicker the line you produce. The technology uses a material called Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC), the resistance of which is extremely sensitive to pressure, unlike today's touchscreen phones, which might be fine for basic finger-pointing, but they are poor at gauging the pressure of the touch. The hope is that this will be useful in Asia for handwriting recognition, because Asian scripts use a lot of variation in line thickness. Interestingly, screens with a standard 2D touch matrix can get the extra measure of control using a narrow strip of QTC down the side."
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New Touchscreen Technology Like Writing On Paper

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 29, 2010 @05:28PM (#30955338)

    I'm in line at a store and I see someone ahead of me jamming the stylus frantically into the signature pad, as if pressing harder will somehow make the pad sense the stylus better. The pad is broken precisely because dimwits keep stabbing it so hard!

  • The real issue. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Velorium (1068080) on Friday January 29, 2010 @05:50PM (#30955674)
    The real issue with writing on a screen is that it slides so damn much. Give me some miracle surface that allows for some friction while still being easy enough to glide with fingers.

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