Nokia Lumia Synaptics Advanced Capacitive Touchscreens Work With Gloved Hands

The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 devices have brought with them another unique feature that is a first for any existing smartphones. Nokia calls this new feature “Super Sensitive Touch”, a feature which makes it possible for the new Lumia screens to detect the touch of your finger even when it is gloved. And we are talking about regular gloves, not capacitive gloves.

The technology itself is not a new one and was first demonstrated by the guys from Synaptics at last year’s Mobile World Conference. Synaptics achieves this by using an internally developed advanced touch screen technology called ClearPad Series 3. The Verge explains how this feature works. “Presently, capacitive image touchscreens “see” your fingers by bouncing a signal off them, then measuring disturbances in the waveform. Here, the company basically increases the sensitivity of its sensors on the fly to detect gestures even if they’re merely in the same vicinity.”

Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones have become the first smartphones to have incorporated Synaptics’ technology in their displays.

“With Synaptics’ continuous innovation on touch, we are able to pioneer new technologies that improve the smartphone user experience,” said Kevin Shields, senior vice president, Smart Devices, Nokia. “Nokia has been a leader in display technology, and we are setting a new standard with Super Sensitive Touch technology on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820.”

Now that Nokia have commercially used this new technology, it will not be long before, almost every other major smartphone maker borrows the Synaptics ClearPad advanced touch screen technology.

“We are excited to participate with Nokia as they unveil their first Windows Phone 8 devices by enabling advanced features such as gloved finger support,” said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics Handheld Division. “Synaptics and Nokia have partnered for many years and we’re pleased to continue the innovation with the introduction of these new devices.”

Source: Nokia