Stantum Digitial Resistive Demo - Touch And Pen Done Right

Most tablets have been able to touch only, pen only, and a hybrid of both. (like N-Trig DuoSense Modes) The problem with the hybrid mode is that it only accepts one type of input only (ie pen working, but no touch, or the opposite). No one has been able to do simultaneous touch and pen input and this is where Stantum comes in.

Stantum's technology allows both touch and stylus input at the same time. With Stantum even finger touch input has pressure (unlike most popular slate tablets out there).

Tablets for productivity is limited when compared to the more precise mouse + keyboard. But good technology like Stantum + good programs will allow more intuitive input which can offer the ease of touch input while allowing the precision of the pen.

Imagine the possibilities:
  • Zooming in and out of a canvas effortlessly while drawing/painting with the pen.
  • Activating tools through buttons with your left hand while doing precise work with your right.
  • Palm rejection done right (something that is not great with N-Trig and Wacom yet)

Link: Stantum - Introduction to iVSM

Published: Aug 27, 2011


  1. I have my doubts.

    a) It's a resistive screen. Resistive means there's a film moving up and down - not something I want to carry around. My old Palm Treo has a fragile-feeling screen. My new iPhone's screen feels solid because it has a glass layer protecting it (something you can't do with resistive screens).

    b) what's the advantage over a dual-digitzer? It's a bit simpler, sure, but nobody cares about that for a high-end tablet. The palm rejection is bound to be worse because there's no way to tell the difference between a palm (even covered with a glove) and a toothpick-er-stylus or finger. At least you can turn the capacitive digitizer off when a stylus comes close to implement palm rejection (you probably could have both on at the same time hardware-wise, but palm rejection would be terrible). No such hope with this.


  2. Eric,

    The effing palm rejection always messes things up. I wish the hover spots on digitizers were stronger because that's what reduces their functionality by a lot.

  3. Yep, agreed. I normally just turn the touchscreen off when I need to take notes with the pen.I for one never use the touch features when and the pen at the same time.

    I wish the manufacturers would implement this (very simple) solution: Put a sensor in the pen receptacle. If the pen is outside the receptacle, turn the touchscreen off. Turn it on once the pen is in the receptacle again. Offer users a way to override this (programmable buttons, taskbar icon) so people using other pens (or those who lose them a lot) can reenable the touchscreen.


  4. The fix you suggested makes a lot of sense. The Lenovo X220T could sense that the pen was not in the receptacle. All it needed was a hotkey to enable/disable finger touch and we would be in business.

    The N-Trig DuoSense software is probably the best I have seen so far. I use the "Auto Mode".


Sign up for the JBA Newsletter. A few times per year I may sell or give away gadgets and other electronics By signing up you ensure getting notified in a timely manner. I do NOT send you emails that will waste your time. Thank you.


Hi. My name is Jesse, and I'm a technology enthusiast. I play with technology and share what I find on this blog. If you have any questions then please use the contact form below. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.



Email *

Message *