With every generation of touch screen device, things are getting smaller, thinner, and brighter, but no company has really had a focus on faster.
That is, until now.
Microsoft Applied Science Group researcher Paul Dietz demonstrates a potential, super-latent touch screen technology. Microsoft’s video demonstrates different delay times on touch screens.
As Dietz points out, the average capacitive touch screen today has about 100ms of delay, quite a noticeable delay in practical applications. Even at just 10ms, the delay is still evident. That’s why Microsoft has developed a screen with 1ms of delay, hardly noticeable at all.
This high performance touch screen tech isn’t quite ready for consumer products just yet. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t even have a plan for it themselves. But now that this 100ms lag has been pointed out to me, I can’t help but give my iPhone dirty looks from across the room. I’m sure low latency will be one of the next biggest indicator of higher-end touch screen devices in the coming years.
Dietz mentioned that Microsoft would like to see this kind of technology in use in the next decade, so don’t trash your iPad just yet. But I can definitely see Apple jumping on this idea shortly and integrating high performance touch screens into a upcoming generation of iOS devices.
Are you bummed at the new-found latency issue in your iPhone? Or are you not concerned about trivial details like that? Drop a comment below and let us know!