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BY SAHARSH TOSHNIWAL

DEFINATION TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT HANDLING PROBLEMS OF TOUCHSCREEN SCREEN PROTECTION

A TOUCHSCREEN IS AN ELECTRONIC VISUAL DISPLAY THAT CAN DETECT THE PRESENCE AND LOCATION OF A TOUCH WITHIN THE DISPLAY AREA.THESE CAN ALSO SENSE OTHER PASSIVE OBJECTS, SUCH AS A STYLUS. TOUCHSCREEN IS COMMAN IN DEVICES SUCH AS ALL-IN ONE COMPUTERS,TABLETS,AND SMARTPHONES. THE TERM GENERALLY REFERS TO TOUCHING THE DISPLAY OF THE DEVICE WITH A FINGER OR HAND

The touchscreen has two main attributes. First, it


enables one to interact directly with what is displayed, rather than indirectly with a cursor controlled by a mouse or touchpad. Secondly, it lets one do so without requiring any intermediate device that would need to be held in the hand. Such displays can be attached to computers, or to networks as terminals. They also play a prominent role in the design of digital appliances such as the personal digital assistant (PDA), satellite navigation devices, mobile phones, and video games.

RESISTIVE SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE CAPACITIVE INFRARED OPTICAL IMAGING DISPERSIVE SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY ACOUSTIC PULSE RECOGNITION

A RESISTIVE TOUCHSCREEN PANEL IS COMPOSED OF SEVERAL LAYERS,THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH ARE TWO THIN,ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE LAYERS SEPERATED BY A NARROW GAP. WHEN AN OBJECT,SUCH AS A FINGER,PRESSES DOWN ON A POINT ON THE PANEL S OUTER SURFACE THE TWO METALLIC LAYERS BECOME CONNECTED AT THAT POINT:THE PANEL THEN BEHAVES AS A PAIR OF VOLTAGE DIVIDERS WITH CONNECTED OUTPUTS. THIS CAUSES A CHANGE IN THE ELECTRICAL CURRENT,WHICH IS REGISTERED AS A TOUCH EVENT AND SENT TO THE CONTROLLER FOR PROCESSING.

SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE (SAW)TECHNOLOGY USES ULTRASONICWAVES THAT PASSES OVER THE TOUCHSCREEN PANEL. WHEN THE PANEL IS TOUCHED,A PORTION OF THE WAVE IS ABSORBED.THIS CHANGE IN THE ULTRASONIC WAVES REGISTERS THE POSITION OF THE TOUCH EVENT AND SENDS THIS INFORMATION TO THE CONTROLLER SURFACE WAVE TOUCHSCREEN PANELS CAN BE DAMAGED BY OUTSIDE ELEMENTS.

A capacitive touchscreen panel is one which consists of an insulator such as glass, coated with a transparent conductor such as indium tin oxide (ITO). As the human body is also an electrical conductor, touching the surface of the screen results in a distortion of the screen's electrostatic field, measurable as a change in capacitance. Different technologies may be used to determine the location of the touch. The location is then sent to the controller for processing. Unlike resistive touchscreens, you can't use a capacitive touchscreen with gloves in winter time: you need a special capacitive stylus, or a special designed glove with finger tips that generate static electricity. That's one disadvantage that plagues touch tablet PCs and capacitive smartphones.

An infrared touchscreen uses an array of X-Y infrared LED and photodetector pairs around the edges of the screen to detect a disruption in the pattern of LED beams. These LED beams cross each other in vertical and horizontal patterns. This helps the sensors pick up the exact location of the touch. A major benefit of such a system is that it can detect essentially any input including a finger, gloved finger, stylus or pen. It is generally used in outdoor applications and point of sale systems which can't rely on a conductor (such as a bare finger) to activate the touchscreen.

This is a relatively modern development in touchscreen technology, in which two or more image sensors are placed around the edges (mostly the corners) of the screen. Infrared back lights are placed in the camera's field of view on the other side of the screen. A touch shows up as a shadow and each pair of cameras can then be pinpointed to locate the touch or even measure the size of the touching object. This technology is growing in popularity, due to its scalability, versatility, and affordability, especially for larger units.

Most touchscreen technology patents were filed during the 1970s and 1980s and have expired. Touchscreen component manufacturing and product design are no longer encumbered by royalties or legalities with regard to patents and the use of touchscreen-enabled displays is widespread. The development of multipoint touchscreens facilitated the tracking of more than one finger on the screen; thus, operations that require more than one finger are possible. These devices also allow multiple users to interact with the touchscreen simultaneously

With the growing use of touchscreens, the marginal cost of touchscreen technology is routinely absorbed into the products that incorporate it and is nearly eliminated. Touchscreens now have proven reliability. Thus, touchscreen displays are found today in airplanes, automobiles, gaming consoles, machine control systems, appliances, and handheld display devices including the Nintendo DS and the later multi-touch enabled iPhones. The ability to accurately point on the screen itself is also advancing with the emerging graphics tablet/screen hybrids.

FINGER STRESS
One of major problem of touchscreens is their stress on human fingers when used for more than a few minutes at a time, since significant pressure can be required for certain types of touchscreen. This can be alleviated for some users with the use of a pen or other device to add leverage and more accurate pointing. The introduction of such items can sometimes be problematic, depending on the desired use (e.g., public kiosks such as ATMs). Also, fine motor control is better achieved with a stylus, because a finger is a rather broad and ambiguous point of contact with the screen itself.

FINGERPRINTS
Touchscreens can suffer from the problem of fingerprints on the display. This can be mitigated by the use of materials with optical coatings designed to reduce the visible effects of fingerprint oils, such as the oleo phobic coating used in the iPhone 3G S, or by reducing skin contact by using a fingernail or stylus.

SCREEN PROTECTION
Some touchscreens, primarily those employed in smartphones, use transparent plastic protectors to prevent any scratches that might be caused by dayto-day use from becoming permanent.