Proving that RIM's hybrid capacitive/resistive touchscreen
idea isn't the only way to address smartphone display usability, one of HTC's latest patent applications
suggests using a new type of stylus to bring resistive-style accuracy to the increasingly popular capacitive panels. Their stylus has a magnetic head which can be registered by a standard capacitive display, meaning you can use your finger for general control and switch to the stylus for more precise or text input. Meanwhile, a second
- slightly more far-fetched, it has to be said - patent describes a new type of dynamically adjusting screen that attempts to prevent people sneaking glances at your smartphone.