A new material could allow phones to have more pressure-sensitive screens. It would allow tricks like faster scrolling depending on how much pressure is applied on the screen. The technology originally comes from Peratech in Yorkshire, who make the “Quantum Tunnelling Composite”. The BBC states that…
“Besides control for scrolling, the pressure-sensitivity could lead to a “third dimension” in touchscreens. For instance, instead of many “2-D” pages of applications, they could be grouped by type on a single page – using the press of a finger to dive into each type and select the desired app.”
Interestingly a company called Nissha and Samsung have both licensed to technology for us in mobile devices.
Links – BBC News – Press Release