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The pressure-ignorant touch screen is an anomaly, a transitional technology that must inevitably give way to something better. The pressure-sensitive screen allows devices the physical button's advantage of a more confident handgrip (unencumbered by fear of accidentally triggering a function) and the mouse's advantage of hover effects.

Apple has already taken the step of patenting their own version of a pressure-sensitive screen. In the interest of "skating to where the puck will be", what kind of applications do you envision for this type of technology?

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closed as too broad by JonW Jun 27 '13 at 11:15

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

So is there also a tactile feedback in this type of display? – AndroidHustle Jun 27 '13 at 10:59
There is no single answer to this, you're just asking for a load of examples. A better question would be 'is pressure sensitive screen suitable for X type of system, and I'd not why not' because that is a single specific question and not a broad discussion topic. Do you have a situation in mind? – JonW Jun 27 '13 at 11:19

1) Virtual instruments. The touch-screen piano is a cheesy novelty without touch response. For it to be truly useful, of course, pre-hoc feedback will be necessary, but pressure sensitivity will be one component that advances the touch screen instrument.

2) Hover effects. Previously afforded only to devices with a mouse and cursor, the hover effect is essential to tooltips, link-testing, and a sort of visual substitute for tactility, that is an electronic equivalent of running your fingers over something to probe and test it.

3) Replacing double clicks or push-holds. The double click is mechanically incompatible with a touchscreen. A double-tap on a touchscreen requires a user to physically lift their finger off the screen and re-engage it; it's simply too slow to work. Meanwhile a push-hold where a user holds their finger on a control for slightly longer inevitably feels wrong. Even if the requisite delay is well calibrated, such as on BlackBerry X, it is an intrinsically unsettling feeling. Rather than making it a difference of time, then, pressure-sensitive screens can allow a difference of force. A tap can activate a lighter function and a press can activate something more consequential.

Specific applications include dragging objects, renaming or editing, and popping up context menus.

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