Multi-touch screens will be mainstream soon, says Synaptics

We had a chat with product marketing manager Andrew Hsu at Synaptics, which makes capacitive screens for everything from notebooks to mobile phones. And the word is good for touch-screen, friends.


Capacitive screens sense electrical impulses from your fingers and generally provide a smoother experience than resistive touch-screens, which sense presses. Think iPhone (capacitive) versus, well, most middle-of-the-road touch-screens you can think of where repeated stabs at the screen leave you fuming and in a menu you didn't even want.


Capacitive is the way forward, basically, and according to Hsu, will take over as the dominant touch-screen tech. Newer phones like the multimedia monster LG Arena and Samsung's five star Tocco Ultra Edition already rock the capacitive screen, and even Nokia - who only released their first touch-screen last December - has plans for capacitive, multi-touch phones.


Speaking of, we'll also be seeing multi-touch on a lot more phones, Hsu says. Up till now, most software developers have focused on optimising single touch, but with phones like the iPhone 3G setting the standard for what a multi-touch capacitive screen can do, the next year should see more phones recognising at least two-finger touches.


According to Hsu, developers will be focusing on improving user experience by working on haptic (vibrating) feedback and visual feedback to help touch-screen users feel like their touch has registered.


And check out our Top 5 touch-screens that already pony up a great user experience.

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