Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Do I build up static charge from using a capacitive touchscreen?

  1. Apr 20, 2010 #1
    Hi guys,

    As I've tried to convey using the topic title, I would like to know if (and how large the effect would be) one gets charged by using an ordinary capacitive touchscreen.

    From what I've understood, the projective capacitive touchscreens have the conductive layers (the wires I mean) sandwiched in between non-conductive transparent layers (e.g. the layer you touch). So from these devices there would not be any direct contact to charged layers. The 'normal' capacitive touchscreens have a voltage on the upper layer (by this I again mean the layer you touch) which is also coated by a conductive material. The sensing is done essentially because you drain charge from this layer upon touching. Am I right in thinking this means that every time one touches such a screen there is a small build-up of charge? And would this mean that if you just keep your finger pressed against the screen, you would pretty soon be able to get a 'nice' shock from touching a doorknob? :)
     
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted