The iPhone’s success with multitouch has been phenomenal, and not without good reason. Multitouch is a valuable asset to a friendly interface, a feature-rich environment, and to a myriad of apps that take advantage of that feature. Now Synaptics has unveiled the workings of touchscreens that are capable of registering up to ten touches at any given time. This will give “multitouch” an entire new level of complexity; entirely new apps, games, and system features will be able to take advantage of having up to ten touches at once, though on I think anything beyond five or maybe six touches is pushing humans’ abilities to touch a screen and hold the device with the same hand. These beauties’ sensors can be built in sizes up to eight inches, meaning that it can be implemented in phones and MIDs and even the smallest of netbooks. Synaptics has said to keep an eye out for these buggers in 2010– not to far from now.
Synaptics Introduces 10-Point Touchscreens
2009-07-23 Hardware 10 Comments
Notably, “keyboard rollover”.
Keyboard rollover is the ability to know which keys are being hit, even if a key has already been pressed. Fast typists can easily encounter this. Without keyboard rollover, characters are lost.
I have not tried any of the tablet on screen keyboards (for example, the one on the CrunchPad), but it would not surprise me if any of the current ones actually have keyboard rollover.
Back In The Day, keyboard rollover was an advertised feature of some keyboards and/or computer systems.
Nowadays, we simply take it for granted in modern keyboards.
But on a touch screen, unless specifically accounted for in a multi-touch environment, an on screen keyboard would lack such a facility.
Hummm this would be nice in a big screen Something like Minority Report or as any good sci fi movie with multitouch screens with a few people around them