Microsoft: Touchscreens Old and Busted; Force Sensitivity Is New Hotness

Craving a bit deeper, more meaningful interaction action with your touchscreen gadget, like maybe stretching or squeezing it? Microsoft thought so. Researchers have come up with a prototype of their force-sensing tech that'll let you apply different kinds of force to a device, like twisting or bending, to do stuff… » 4/19/08 9:30pm 4/19/08 9:30pm

Apple Applies For Another Force Sensitive Touchscreen Patent

With this patent and the one filed last week, Apple's got more force sensitivity than Luke and Darth combined. The latest one, titled "Force and Location Sensitive Display," detects both where your finger is and how hard you're pressing down on a display. Skipping over the technical details of how this is done, the… » 10/11/07 2:45pm 10/11/07 2:45pm