Cypress shows off touchscreen with hover detection

Cypress Semiconductor is a company that makes the TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen. As reported by Slashgear, the company is now working to add hover support to their finger controlled touchscreens. This would allow a screen to recognize the presence of a user's finger before it actually makes contact with the screen.

In the video below, you will see how the technology in action. TrueTouch Project Manager, Sherif Hanna, explains the benefits of such a technology and demonstrates how it works. In the real world, for example, the technology could be used to enlarge a link as your finger closes in on it. This could greatly help users with bigger fingers, or those who use smartphones will smaller screens.

Cypress plans to have hover detection available for manufacturers sometime during the second quarter of this year.

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I wonder what happened to Microsoft's ThinSight which was using IR sensors and also was capable of detecting fingers or any objects approaching the screen, distinguish shape of the object and link it to specific function, and on top of that screen was usable for remote IR controllers. so basically it was thin version of Surface for laptops.

satukoro said,
Witchcraft: the only explanation.

+1 lol.
thats some awesome tech!
the main use i think will be what they demoed in the vid (zoom), sites that done av mobile version are a pain 2 navigate, that'll make a big difference.

Definitely cool. But I wonder how practical it will be. Most users don't hover their fingers over their screen. It'd get tiring I'd think. It certainly would make Flash sites more usable as they rely heavily on mouse controls. Regardless how useful it is, it would look nice having a subtle animation as you moved closer to pressing a button.

Steve Jobs won't like this one bit. Apple will claim they own it, file a lawsuit and ban apps from the app store using the following reason "you application has been denied because it has nothing to do with Cypress touchscreen technology. Sorry, we just needed a random reason."

Seriously though, this is cool.

Steve
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Klethron said,
Steve Jobs won't like this one bit. Apple will claim they own it, file a lawsuit and ban apps from the app store using the following reason "you application has been denied because it has nothing to do with Cypress touchscreen technology. Sorry, we just needed a random reason."

Seriously though, this is cool.

Steve
Sent from my iPhone

Or Microsoft or Google. Stop being a troll and get real. All of them do the same crap with this kind of stuff.

SputnikGamer said,

Or Microsoft or Google. Stop being a troll and get real. All of them do the same crap with this kind of stuff.

Dear SputnikGamer,

My intention to point out that user will most likely not see this type of touch technology on the iPhone while pointing out Apple's need for end-user control was in no way meant to hurt you or upset your feelings. I sincerely apologize if I have offended you in any way.

Please accept my humble apologies for putting you through this most unfortunate ordeal.

Your Neowin Friend,
Klethron

PeterKD said,
how the hell do they do that.

Capacitance, probably. Essentially modelling the effects a large ground sink (Your finger) has on an electric field.

Edited by Mordkanin, Apr 21 2010, 10:03pm :