Japanese company Tsujiden has presented a new protective film that diminishes fingerprints in a matter of seconds, breaking down the oily residue using a simple property of chemistry previously utilized in soaps and detergents. The company claims that the lipophilic and hydrophilic properties of the film cause the grease to be "obscured" by allowing it to "become flat" against the treated surface. In other words, this treatment doesn't keep your touchscreen from collecting your filthy secretions — it spreads the goo around until you just don't notice it. Whatever the method, if this film can keep iPods from looking like the back window of a short bus after a few minutes of usage, then by all means, Tsujiden, deceive me into a feeling of false cleanliness. [Tech-On]
Awesome. With the increasing usage of touchscreens, this will make the future that much more tolerable. I hate touchscreens for the very reason that I can't stand the fingerprint smudges. I mean, I couldn't care less that it's not actually clean, just so long as I don't have to look at the smudges.