A new touchscreen has been developed by SMK Corp that will allow users to navigate on the touchscreen even while their hands are gloved. SMK overcame the problem not by modifying how a capacitive touchscreen works, but by adding a secondary detection solution to enable users to use gloved hands.
The new screen detection system has been developed by SMK using a new chip that supports high-sensitivity detection and improved detection sensitivity. It does this by employing a sensor panel structure that has a high resistance to noise to prevent malfunctions caused by noise. Enabling it to detect a gloved hand through 1.5mm thick screen resin.
The screen size of the new panel can be up to 8 inches. The maximum transmittance and minimum reflectance of the panel are 93% and 3%, respectively. Its operating temperature range is from -30 to +85°C, and its storage temperature range is from -40 to +95°C.
SMK will be showcasing the panel at the FPD International 2011 conference, which will take place from October 26th to 28th, 2011, in Yokohama, Japan.