Making a product people want - inspired concepts in capacitive touchscreens

by Steve Kolokowsky and Trevor Davis, Cypress Semiconductor , TechOnline India - November 09, 2010

Touchscreen technology has existed for quite a while. Why did it take the iPhone to set the mobile world on fire for touchscreens? The key is in technology inflections. With the market shift from resistive to capacitive touchscreens, the invention of “gesture” motions, and the crystal clear, solid feel of glass screens, touchscreens have once again caught the attention of the worldwide electronics buyer.

Touchscreen technology has existed for quite a while. Why did it take the iPhone to set the mobile world on fire for touchscreens? The key is in technology inflections. With the market shift from resistive to capacitive touchscreens, the invention of “gesture” motions, and the crystal clear, solid feel of glass screens, touchscreens have once again caught the attention of the worldwide electronics buyer.

According to a report from iSupply, nearly 400 million touch-screen handsets are expected to ship in 2012. The technology has been in use in other devices like PDAs for years and had its first major introduction in the United States by Taiwan's HTC, which began selling its HTC Touch in June 2007, just before the iPhone was introduced. But let’s not be mistaken, it was the introduction of the iPhone that has ignited the touchscreen craze in consumer electronics.

Interestingly, the key to the iPhone’s success was very creative use and introduction of four key technology advantages:

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