RIM patents a dual capacitive/resistive touchscreen

RIM patents a dual capacitive/resistive touchscreen
We don't often encounter resistive touchscreens any more. Many of us look back on the Palm stylus like we would look back on pre-cable television. But it still has its uses. For one thing, resistive touchscreens can function with gloved hands, so we don't have to choose between writing a text and keeping our hands safe from frostbite.

And RIM seems to get the idea. They've refiled a patent for a combined capacitive-resistive touchscreen. We say "refiled" because the patent seems identical to one filed in 2009. Further confusing us is the fact that Hitachi already showcased this combination screen technology in November of 2010. Lawsuit, anyone?

But there are more practical issues at play. For one thing, how much more expense would a hybrid touchscreen be? Would the extra expense really be worthwhile, considering how few customers would even notice? Perhaps if RIM marketed this combination touchscreen as a rugged corporate device, they might find a niche. But we suspect people are pretty satisfied with their capacitive screens.

source: USPTO via BerryReview

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8 Comments

1. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I think they should have done this a two years ago, before touch capacitive gloves came out.

2. very nice unregistered

That is a great ideea. The only thing truly missing from today`s tablets is pen imput. It`s great to have somwthing to write on if needed. HTC Flayer is a start but a 10` tablet would be great.

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

this is going to fail...im sorry but first timers fail, its a fact. but after the first three hybrid touch screen devices blackberry will find out whats it dealing with :) and do it right...then apple can copy and use it on the iphone6 or 7

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Just because one company has showed a product that is now being patented by another doesn't mean that the first company has exclusive rights to it just yet.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have come across a few people who would like this style of screen. If even a small percentage would like it, why not? It will be a modest hit and a loyal audience. But get it right, do your research, and taylor it to those who would be interested. I personally would like to see it in acton.

6. SJ unregistered

Does this mean that with this screen: - women (or some men) do not have to cut off their fingernail? - you can use it with gloves on in winter so your fingers do not freeze off? - you can also use a pointy stylus for handwriting or drawing stuff? - .......? Why the fu&/"ยท$ck did they not develop this in the first place....

7. eirene42

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

have to agree with SJ. I can't see the advantages of a phone with a screen that: can't be used by anything else but a finger - ie, no fingernail, no stylus, no top end of a pen, no plastic knitting needle, no gloved hand, no friggin' nothin' but a warm finger! What am I missing? Or is it just the 'cool' factor? Capacitive is cool, resistive is daggy.

8. showe84 unregistered

Will this feature be on the new Torch 9850/60?

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