updated 11:00 pm EDT, Wed October 26, 2011
Panels destined for vehicle nav systems
SMK Corp has unveiled a new touchscreen panel that is claimed to work with gloved hands. Although several companies currently produce conductive gloves that work with touchscreens, SMK's panel does not require users to wear special gloves. The technology is said to utilize a high-sensitivity detection chip and an improved sensor panel structure, enabling the display to register input even when fabric separates fingertips from the panel itself.
The new touchscreens are geared for vehicle applications such as navigation and infotainment systems. Volume production will focus on 6.5-inch panels, with a manufacturing rate starting at 100,000 units each month, however the company suggests it will produce sizes up to eight inches.
SMK is currently showing the new panels at the FPD International conference in Japan. [via Nikkei]