UPDATE: It looks like this is a similar or an update to a patent RIM filed in 2009. This new patent filing does have a different patent filing date of March 3rd, 2011. Still trying to dig further into it trying to come up with use cases for such a patent.
In case you don’t know the difference between capacitive and resistive touchscreen tech here is a simple explanation. Resistive touchscreens are the older touchscreens that require you to apply pressure on the screen like the old Palm Treo’s or the signature pads at stores and usually use a stylus. A capacitive screen is the newer type of screens on the BlackBerry Torch and competitors like the iPhone.
GoRumors spotted a RIM application for a patent for a screen tech that includes both capacitive and resistive tech. I am not sure exactly what the practical application of such a technology would yield but it sounds kind of cool. It would be nice to be able to finally use my BlackBerry to press buttons without taking my gloves off in the cold. RIM describes it that the screen would recognize that you are applying to much force for the capacitive screen and turn on the resistant tech.
Anybody have any ideas what they will do with it? Thanks Sriram for the tip!