Apple’s new application with multitouch screen technology

Posted: January 12, 2010 in Apple

Apple has launched new application, which points to a new type of multitouch screen technology. This application explains a way of integrating a touch-sensitive panel into a display, rather than layering it on top, potentially allowing for thinner and less expensive touch screens.

This application is brought by a group led by Steve Hotelling, Senior Manager for touch hardware at Apple. In an interview to New York Times, an engineer, who worked in Hotelling’s group said, “Traditionally when you make a touch-screen display you place the touch-screen elements on top of an LCD screen. You would not have to buy an LCD and a touch panel for a new touch-screen device. Instead you just create one unit.”

The new application will also help in reducing costs significantly, but engineer said, “This is not something Apple could do alone. They would have worked with a major LCD partner to make this successful and cost-effective, or it becomes extremely expensive.”

According to the information available on his LinkedIn page, Hotelling leads a team of 25 engineers at Apple. His group is responsible for developing the multitouch technology in the current iPhone. His group also developed the famous circular click-wheel for iPods, and the world’s first multitouch mouse trackpad with a two-finger scroll.

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