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HTC Patents Stylus for Capacitive Screens

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Aug 14, 2009, 8:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

HTC has patented a new type of stylus that can interact with capacitive touch screens. Styli have long been used by mobile phones with resistive touch screens (which respond to physical pressure), and are highly accurate. Normal styli don't work with capacitive touch screens because capacitive screens interact with the electrical disturbance created by the human finger. HTC's patent adds a magnetic head to the tip of a stylus, which allows it to activate and interact with a capacitive touch screen. Such a device will give users a much greater degree of control and accuracy. This is particularly important for phones used in Asian markets.

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Aug 17, 2009, 1:18 PM

We invented the magnet

please mighty government, grant us exclusive legal right to use it.

Aug 14, 2009, 10:38 PM

would work with iPhone

There have been failed attempts at this before. Newegg.com had a stylus for the iPhone, but discontinued it because it wasn't working very well. This should work with the iPhone, but I heard magnets and iPhones are not the best of friends.
What version of the iPhone we on now? and they still cant get it right. The iPhone is like a prude girlfriend. You meet, you make out, and, thats about it really. She dont let you do much else. Then, next year on your birthday she lets you catch a fee...

Aug 14, 2009, 9:09 AM

Stylus for Asian phones...

...because it's freaking impossible to type on their 2mm wide on-screen keyboards!
yeah , your'e right
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