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HTC patents stylus for capacitive touchscreens

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Fri August 14, 2009

HTC patents new stylus

Phone maker HTC has recently patented a stylus made to interact with capacitive touchscreens such as the ones found on its own Dream and Magic as well as rivals like the iPhone. Currently, styluses are used for resistive touchscreens, which respond to pressure and not pick up the electrical resistance created by the human finger, as do capacitive touchscreens. To give the new stylus more accuracy than a human finger while making it compatible with the capacitive screens, HTC has added a magnetic head.

HTC says the new stylus will allow users to accurately navigate on smaller screens and icons, without fingers covering up the screen as well. Devices equipped with the new stylus are expected to be significant in Asian regions, where stylus devices are the most popular for writing characters by hand. [via PhoneScoop]

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