Quantum pressure-sensitive touchscreens coming soon

Quantum pressure-sensitive touchscreens coming soon
We've all heard of quantum-computing, but what about quantum pressure-sensitive touchscreens? The brains at UK-based Peratech have been working on just that. By using a 75 micrometer quantum tunneling composite (QTC), the screen only needs the slightest touch, about 2 micrometers, to register a change. Furthermore, it can register different amounts of pressure....so that it would be possible for a soft touch to perform one task on a device, while a firmer touch does something else. It is also quite energy efficient and requires no power when its not being pressed upon. Currently, the Japanese display maker Nissha is has purchased a licensing agreement and plans to use this technology in their products as early as April. Though there's no word on when cell phones will get this new type of display, it might give capacitive touchscreens some new competition.

source: TechnologyReview via Engadget



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4 Comments

1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That is to say if it can allow more than one imput for touch. When I have more free time I would like to read a deeper explanation of how it works and operates. If it uses pressure to activate, maybe Infrared or capacitive hybid screens could be used for movement recognition and guesture support, but that is another day when i read more. But i like new innovative stuff, as it keeps the market fresh.

2. Nullstring

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

Interesting! can be used for tables! specially for paintings! but am not a painter .. just a thought..

3. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

the big thing would be to incorporate a multi touch on a capacitive touch screen using this tech.

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I can onscreen keyboards being wildly more accurate from this... way fewer mis-typed letters. Kudos to the brits for this awesome piece of techno-wizardry!

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