Resistive touchscreen panels get a bad rep these days, both because they can’t recognize fingertip input as easily as capacitive touch panels and for because many people have the mistaken belief that resistive displays can’t handle multitouch input. The truth is that while most cheap resistive touch panels found in tablets, netbooks, and handheld devices are single-touch only, that’s not an inherent limitation of the technology. There are also some companies providing multitouch resistive displays.
Now Fujitsu is getting in on the action with a new line of multitouch resistive panels. The panels will come in 5.6 inch, 7 inch, and 12.1 inch sizes. Unlike a capacitive display, you’ll be able to interact with these screens using a stylus or a gloved finger. On the other hand, if you want to use your fingertips, you’ll probably have to press harder on the screen than you would with a capacitive display.
The screens will be able to handle the usual range of multitouch gestures including pinch, rotate, swipe and scroll gestures as well as handwriting. What I like about resistive displays is that they can recognize precise input from a stylus, pen cap, or other sharp object, which comes in handy when you’re using an operating system like Windows which was designed for precise input from a mouse rather than fuzzy input from thick fingers.
Akihabara News reports the Fujitsu displays will run from $60 to $120.