Capacitive or Resistive Touchscreens

There’s no way around it – Capacitive or Resistive Touchscreens have changed the way we do business. At the very base of this technology is a simple idea – a visual display that detects the presence and location of a touch in a given area of the space and responds accordingly. Touchscreens were initially created in the ’60s, but thanks to smartphones, they’ve rapidly changed and increased in availability. Now with the tablet market, nothing is more important than a touchscreen these days. As you search for the right technology to enhance your business, you’re likely to consider two kinds of touchscreens – resistive and capacitive. Exploring the differences can help you understand which one is right for you.

Resistive touchscreens are easily the lower-cost version of the two. The screen itself is made up of a number of layers, each of which is electrically conductive. Touch it, and the layers contact each other and then send a signal to the controller, which is then instantly processed. The problem with that, though, is that any touch source can set it off. While this can be helpful if your employees are typically gloved during fieldwork, it can also be a hassle because inanimate objects can interfere with the screen as well. It’s also more vulnerable to damage by sharp objects.

Capacitive touchscreens work on an entirely different principle. The outer layer is coated with a conductive metal compound. The human body is a natural conductor, so touching anywhere on the screen means automatic detection. They don’t work through gloves, and ordinary styluses can’t be used with these either. They were also more expensive. Because it can’t be set off by inanimate objects, though, capacitive screens have become the option of choice. They feel more natural, and less pressure has to be applied.

Which one is right for you? Think about the day-to-day business conditions your technology is likely to encounter before you make your decision. Contact us today if you have any questions about our Capacitive Windows devices or Capacitive Android devices.

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