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CLIENT: STANTUM

Feb. 18, 2010 : Laptop

VIDEO: STANTUMíS 10-FINGERED MULTITOUCH COMING SOON TO LAPTOPS, TABLETS

StantumUntil now, multitouch, the technology allowing you to pinch Web pages on your iPhone, has had its pros and cons. On the one hand, it’s highly responsive, and the gestures it enables– pinching, zooming, rotating photos– are intuitive.

On the other hand, even the best multitouch screens limit you to using four fingers at once, so you need to make sure you’re not touching it with two hands. You also can’t touch these displays while wearing gloves or using a blunt object, such as a stylus.

For years, French company Stantum has had a multitouch solution that answers both these problems. But just this week the company announced deals with two global chip makers, ST and Sitronix, for chips to become available to OEMs in the second quarter of this year. That means this enhanced multitouch technology could finally start shipping in laptops and tablets.

Since 2004, Stantum has had a multitouch technology that allows users to touch the display with all ten fingers at once. Moreover, it works with a stylus, so users can seamlessly move back and forth between finger input and, say, handwriting recognition.

The company even recently updated the technology so that it registers finger pressure. In a paint program, for example, when you drag your finger lightly, a faint streak will appear; when you bear down, a thick blot of digital ink will start pooling out from beneath your finger. And artistic apps are only one usage scenario: imagine what game developers could do if our screens registered finger pressure.



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