It's been a while since we looked at Stantum Japan's multitouch touchscreen offerings, but the company has obviously been beavering away in the meantime. They've demonstrated their latest prototype - based on the guts of a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which uses a resistive touchscreen to recognize unlimited points of contact. While we may be used to that sort of thing from capacitive displays, what the resistive technology brings to the table is responsiveness not only to fingers but any type of contact, whether stylus, key or even a paintbrush.
Video demo after the cut
That means far more flexibility to use the appropriate tool for whatever task it is you're doing. Text entry can be handwritten, using any pen-style stylus, while art work can be done with a paintbrush and musical control done with fingertips. Stantum say the system also recognises pressure, uses less power than capacitive touchscreens, is less prone to interference (or creating interference) with wireless networks, and is both easier to manufacture and cheaper than rival systems.
Gestures and swipes are supported, just like capacitive. No specific launch details or news on device manufacturing partners, but Stantum say they're planning panels between 2.5-inches and 30-inches, pretty much covering the smartphone through MID through netbook through notebook through to desktop market (try saying that without a breath).