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Believe it or not, your smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen is flawed, no matter what brand it is.If you’ve ever tried to shade in a Draw Something drawing or scrolled through a website too quickly, you’ve probably noticed it.
There’s almost always a slight delay between the time your finger slides over the glass and the desired action appears on the screen. It’s just barely noticeable.
That’s why it feels so awkward using styluses on devices like the Galaxy Note. Whether you think a stylus is necessary or not, it’s designed to be a precision tool. But when today’s touchscreens have such a noticeable latency problem, it’s almost impossible for writing and doodling to feel anywhere close to natural with a stylus.
We noticed this when we reviewed the Galaxy Note. The stylus is engineered to mimic your finger’s touch, but since you hold it like a normal pen, you can’t help but expect it to act like one too. Instead there’s that annoying delay that makes it impossible to emulate the pen-and-paper experience.
So how do we fix this?
As it turns out, a bunch of geniuses are already working on the latency problem. This video, which was posted by Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group, perfectly demonstrates how noticeable touch latency is on devices. It also shows a new prototype that reduces the latency down to almost nothing.
It’s pretty cool to think we’re not far off from using touchscreen devices that perfectly the feeling of manipulating real-world objects. Check out the video to see what a difference it makes: