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Article: Touchscreen technologies in phones

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In the long run, it is very difficult to tell you which of the three types is the best and the most efficient one, since each method has its advantages and disadvantages.
Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface

We are fans of the resistive touchscreen system, mainly because it is the most popular one and can be used with any objects (except sharp ones), irrespective of whether they are electrically charged, cold or warm.

However, we should not underestimate the power of the capacitive technology as the first one (referring to Apple’s MultiTouch), due to which a mobile phone can be controlled by more than one touch simultaneously.

We believe that the infrared technological method has the brightest future, but for the time being its high production costs place it at the end of the line. Let us however, explain why we believe this model has the greatest potential. It is the most durable, it has the longest life and lets through all the light emitted by the screen. In addition, the inability to respond to multiple touches is in the past. There already are devices, registering more than one touch (52, to be precise), using this technology, but the method is called Optical imaging and an example of its use is Microsoft Surface. This device represents a big table, which reacts to the touch and has been produced for commercial purposes to be used in hotels, shops, etc.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. xmguy (unregistered)

Very good story.

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 12:25

2. (unregistered)

Just wait until the iPhone fanboys come in

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 19:26

3. (unregistered)

Primitive technology. Wait til the Blackberry Thunder comes out. Apple fanboys will be STUNNED!

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 23:37

5. (unregistered)

primitive? thunder uses capacitive technology..same as iphone...thunder is just setup differently

posted on 26 Aug 2008, 20:41

4. Dexter (unregistered)

Bravo Phone Arena. Great piece and you managed not to work in a spy story or other unwanted coloring. Very educational, please write more articles like this.

posted on 29 Aug 2008, 14:39

12. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)

I agree, this was an amazing article and I learned a lot. I however do like leaked information on phones =/

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 09:32

6. (unregistered)

Ha, makes me want to buy a neonode 8P

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 11:32

7. (unregistered)

very nice story...keep em coming

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 13:03

8. Shelley (unregistered)

Great article---so, who makes the technology? It would be great to purchase the stock/s.

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 13:35

9. mmeee (unregistered)

Yes, very good article. Informative and interesting, keep em comming!

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 13:47

10. (unregistered)

i second #12 phonearena who are the major producors of the infared tochsceens? and the only thing ur site is missing is more articals like this one. keep em coming, please.

posted on 27 Aug 2008, 20:31

11. PC (unregistered)

Wow, could you image a phone that supports all 5 fingers. I want microsoft to get into the cell phone industry themselves. That would make Steve Jobs crap his pants.

posted on 29 Aug 2008, 19:20

13. (unregistered)

when would u use five fingers simultaneously on a phone? just out of curiosity

posted on 30 Aug 2008, 09:30

14. (unregistered)

I'm sure i read this at the resistive touchscreen: "Unfortunately, this method cannot report more than one touch at a time" Am I right? If yes, than the writer is too uninformed. Resistive touchscreen can report more than one touch at a time. I you don't beleive, visithttp://www.simasystems.com/index.html kthxbye

posted on 05 Sep 2008, 19:02

15. zForce FanBoy (unregistered)

The Neonode zForce Technology which is opitacal/infrared touch screen based can do Multitouch, has no issues in working direct sunlight, which would be the brightest of ambient lights, and also when comparing to Capacitive and Resistive touch-screens on a same production volume, the zForce Technology is actually the CHEAPEST!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2008, 22:10

16. evman (unregistered)

the iphone so far has the most advanced touch screen

posted on 13 Sep 2008, 22:07

17. X3V3N (unregistered)

i agree, i like the apple Touch UI its sweet, just wish the phone part of it was better. ( i drop hella calls)

posted on 16 Oct 2008, 09:54

18. (unregistered)

thats because of the network, not the phone.

posted on 18 Jul 2009, 09:44

19. mickuza (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jul 2009)

Good article.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 08:24

20. hi (unregistered)

ikr dats lyk so coool

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 10:17

21. Seth570 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)

Any updates here? Even in 'full'-search in the Phone Finder, you don't have the option to search for infra-red as a screen technology, at least as-of yet. Has there been any more progress made with infra-red touch-screen tech? Or have they made further gains with capactive-screens to close the gap between the two?

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 10:18

22. Seth570 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)

WOULD like an update to this article in regard to what I mentioned in my earlier comment. Actually found it really neat when I first read it...

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