Peratech, a UK based research firm, has developed a technology that will allow hand-held devices to have pressure sensitive keypads and touch screens. The technology is based on a material developed by the firm which exploits the laws of Quantum physics.
According the firm representatives, the revolutionary technology will allow users to experience a whole new dimension of touch technology, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied.
Some analysts believe that this technology can soon find a presence in many smartphones as manufacturers are increasingly looking at improving the user experience offered by their products.
Commenting on the ground breaking invention, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, talking to BBC, mentioned “Electronics are being given the ability to sense something that we take for granted, which is how much we're touching and applying force.”
He also added that the technology can be used in creating touch enabled gaming devices and said that “That same model can be used in many other ways, like in games: to control how hard I want to jump or run for example.”
Interestingly, the technology, which has been dubbed as ‘Quantum Tunnelling Composite’ or QTC, has been licensed by a division of Samsung which supplies mobile phone components to several handset manufacturers.
The fact that Samsung has got a licence to work with it means that in the short to medium term, we could see one such smartphone popping up soonish. Capacitive screens are doing fine for now but we don't really know how long they last although, given the rate at which consumers switch smartphones, that shouldn't be a problem.