The Touch Barrier – Stylus enquiries continue

I received an email from a reader, Scott Sands, around the touch barrier issues I’ve been writing about here and here on the blog. Scott graciously agreed for me to put his email here for my response so all might benefit from the issues discussed. Scott outlines how he uses his computer and his issuesContinue reading “The Touch Barrier – Stylus enquiries continue”

The Touch Barrier – Testing the pogo stylus

pogo no go After writing an article about my concerns over the pervasive use of touch I was alerted via a comment to the pogo stylus [thanks @garthk] . The Touch Barrier pogo stylus I thought it might’ve been a solution so I wrote to “Ten One Design” outlining why I’m so interested. The responseContinue reading “The Touch Barrier – Testing the pogo stylus”

The touch barrier — responses

After my previous post about the “Touch Barrier” as referring to the inherent issues of the pervasive use of touch technologies I had some good responses. @lucychili pointed me to work Peter Hutterer is doing with MPX Laurel wrote a blog post “Disabilities social networks games” pointing to a article DISABLED GAMERS’ COMPRISE 20% OFContinue reading “The touch barrier — responses”

The Touch Barrier – Accessibility and usability issues around touch technologies

I’m Worried. Worried about recent technology developments – actually the application of one technology in particular – touch. In this instance, when I say ‘touch’ I’m referring to devices requiring skin – a finger as opposed to a stylus – ala the iPhone and nearly every laptop on the market. For the past 60% ofContinue reading “The Touch Barrier – Accessibility and usability issues around touch technologies”

Magnets the TouchBarrier solution for capacitive screens?

Looking at this post re HTC and stylus patents, I'm going to start looking at a kludge for my mouthsticks using magnets. HTC has a solution ready for the market. They have patented an ordinary stylus but with a twist. The stylus has a magnetic head, and due to the current induced by its movementContinue reading “Magnets the TouchBarrier solution for capacitive screens?”

Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick

Overcoming the “touch barrier” I received a message the other day from a reader … in …. Michael writes: Please see the attached [link for] pencil tops or stick tops – or whatever you’re having yourself – tops. I have been using something similar from the same website for some time.  They are effectively noveltyContinue reading “Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick”

Hitachi stylus compatible, capacitive touch panel

This interesting development was flagged to me recently and is of great interest personally as I battle with the “Touch barrier” that the pervasive use of capacitive type touch-screens pose. Hitachi Displays has developed a projective-type electrostatic capacitance touch-panel that can convert input from a non-conductive object into electrostatic capacitance, thus allowing the use ofContinue reading “Hitachi stylus compatible, capacitive touch panel”

Conductive Touch Capable Mouthstick from a Japanese “Liver” (Reader)

A couple weeks ago I received a tweet from @yukitake99 that he found Lifekludger blog helpful and he was going to try make a mouthstick for iPhone. Seems he’d been looking at some of the stuff I’d been sharing about the “Touch Barrier” and ways to work around it. It’s always a buzz to makeContinue reading “Conductive Touch Capable Mouthstick from a Japanese “Liver” (Reader)”

Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens

Isn’t it interesting how we are seeing more and more uses where there’s a need for a stylus on these capacitive touch screens? Just when everyone thinks Steve Jobs has liberated them to the freedom of the finger, it seems we aren’t so free after all and that maybe other forms of pointing can beContinue reading “Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens”