Trackpad Maker Synaptics Behind Nokia’s Lumia 820 And 920 Glove and Fingernail-Sensing Touchscreens

Nokia just revealed more details behind its new touchscreen tech being built into its 820 and 920 Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. The technology is actually coming from Synaptics, a name anyone who’s ever owned a Windows PC with a trackpad will likely recognize. Dubbed “ClearPad Series 3,” the tech supports touch recognition not only of bare fingers, but also specifically of gloved fingers and finger nails.

According to the press release, it’s also designed for detecting greater detail:

ClearPad Series 3 offers up to 10 finger full-time tracking and fast refresh rates, with industry leading signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR), delivering high performance to the most demanding smartphones. Synaptics’ patented SignalClarity(TM) technology improves tracking accuracy, finger separation, and environmental and electrical noise robustness for an unmatched user experience.

That should help with using the phones in cooler weather or for those who like to keep their fingernails long (the guitar-playing set will be thrilled!), but you have to wonder how it’ll work with things like accidental touch detection when placed in pockets. So long as it performs as advertised, however, it should be a neat little step in the evolution of mobile touchscreens.