• Fox News And Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    Fox News And Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    And in this week’s episode of absolutely bizarre behavior from Fox News, we bring you BATS, officially known as big area touchscreens. The media outlet responsible for bringing fair and balanced news into our lives has today released a video that shows off the network’s brand-new Fox News Deck studio, a room filled with video walls and giant 55-inch touchscreens that will… Read More

  • A Look Back On Symbian On The Eve Of Its Demise

    A Look Back On Symbian On The Eve Of Its Demise

    This summer the veteran Symbian platform, which started life back when handhelds weren’t phones but PDAs, will quietly pass into development history. Or at least its primary supporter over the years — Nokia — will cease producing any new handsets running the OS. So what better time to take a look back at the platform that powered so many devices and dominated the mobile… Read More

  • Shenzhen New Degree Technology First Look

    Shenzen New Degree’s Touch Panel Tech Doesn’t Mind The Rain And Still Delivers Killer Input Detection [Video]

    Shenzen New Degree Technology was one of the companies showing its stuff in the Eureka Park portion of CES 2013, and this China-based hardware startup had some impressive tech to show off related to touch input. Combining capacitive and resistive touch-based input with a means to make it work even on solid stainless steel surfaces, Shenzen New Degree hopes to pave the way for a wide range of… Read More

  • i3board: Sharp Shows 70-Inch Electronic, Touch-Sensitive Whiteboard

    i3board: Sharp Shows 70-Inch Electronic, Touch-Sensitive Whiteboard

    Sharp Japan announced [JP] the i3board PN-L702B for the Japanese market yesterday, a 70-inch electronic whiteboard targeted at businesses and schools. The device is essentially a 70-inch touchscreen (LCD) that comes with a Stylus pen and special software, enabling users to make notes or draw on the screen, scroll or change the size of objects by using gestures. The whiteboard can be used… Read More

  • Video: Smartphone Simulates Sensation Of Buttons On A Touchscreen

    Do you miss the feeling of pressing physical buttons when you touch icons or letters on a smartphone touchscreen? Japan’s second largest mobile carrier KDDI is working on a display that recreates exactly that “clicking sensation” by combining vibration with a pressure sensor. Read More

  • Video: Touchscreen Sends Tactile Information Through The Display Onto Your Hand

    I am not really sure if this is awesome or unnecessary, but here we go: Japan’s University of Electro-Communications has developed a small touchscreen that sends tactile information through the display onto the palm of your hand. In other words, it’s supposed to make you “feel” what’s going on on the screen. Read More

  • Toshiba Develops Super-Thin, Super-Light 7-inch LCD Touchscreen

    First Asahi Glass’ announcement from yesterday, now this: Toshiba Mobile unveiled a 7.0-inch LTPS TFT LCD panel with a capacitive multi-touch input function “integrated in the liquid crystal cell”. In other words, manufacturers won’t need to add a touch panel to the LCD, making the Toshiba device 57% thinner and 48% lighter than comparable screens of that size. Read More

  • Asahi Glass Develops World's Thinnest Glass Substrate For Touchscreens

    What’s almost as important as sturdy touchscreens? Thin touchscreens, and Tokyo-based Asahi Glass can now claim the bragging rights for having developed [press release in English, PDF] the world’s thinnest soda-lime glass substrate for touchscreens. In other words, we will soon be able to see thinner and lighter smartphones and tablets. Read More

  • Video: New Touchscreen Control Interface Flexes When Scrolled

    A research team at Osaka University has developed a new control interface for touchscreens that flexes the content that’s displayed when you move your finger over the screen. In the process, the content is “distorted” to make it possible to view (and zoom in on) a wider space on-screen, while at the same time keeping an eye on the original position you marked with your finger. Read More

  • Review: IMO Monster Touch

    The Monster Touch is an auxiliary screen for people who, well, need an additional screen. In case of the Monster Touch the idea is there, the execution needs some work however. I’ve found some situations where the screen came in handy and I can imagine that for some users this screen would do the trick. Read More

  • Coca Cola vending machine with 46-inch touchscreen

    If you needed more proof that touchscreens are becoming ubiquitous, look at these new vending machines Coca Cola is planning to set up in all over Japan by year-end. They feature 46-inch LCD touch panels (1m high, 57cm wide) instead of buttons or knobs. Read More

  • Libretto W100: Toshiba shows double touchscreen tablet (video)

    What’s better than a tablet with one touchscreen? A tablet with two touchscreens. That’s at least what Toshiba must have thought when they cooked up the Libretto W100 with its dual 7-inch multi-touch displays (1,024×600 resolution and LED backlighting for both). There’s no physical keyboard, but you’ll get a virtual one with haptic response. Read More

  • mTouch: An affordable multi-touch web table

    It’s hard out here at Disrupt for gadget geeks, but we just got lucky. Merel Technologies is showing off a very cool multi-touch web table that uses gesture recognition, object recognition, and multi-user multi-touch to create a new way to interact with media and kiosk apps. The best thing? It costs $3,200 for the 32-inch model and $4,200 for the 42-incher and they’re available… Read More

  • Soon you won't even have to touch that touchscreen

    One of the issues that comes up in touchscreen user interfaces is that, well, you have to touch them. Sure, you can move your finger, or use two, or tap it twice, that sort of thing — but you’re either touching it or not. Essentially you only have one type of “click” any given input can do. Hover detection is something Wacom tablet users will be familiar with, as the… Read More

  • RIM readying combo resistive-capacitive touchscreen?

    The capacitive vs. resistive touchscreen dispute has been more or less settled with the popularity of the iPhone and other lozenge-shaped touchscreen devices, but that doesn’t mean the loser has to just bow out. The resistive touchscreen is still useful for more precision work using a stylus; I doubt we’ll have capacitive artists’ tablets any time soon. But for convenience… Read More

  • 5 things Apple could be doing with their new touch screens

    Now that the Internet is blowing out a kidney over news coming out of Asia that Apple bought up a bunch of touchscreens, I thought it might be nice to posit what Cupertino has in store for those babies. The news came from Digitimes this morning: “Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the… Read More

  • Sony patent combines Microsoft Surface-like table with digital photo printer to hilarious effect

    Some clever detective work has unearthed this Sony patent, which seems to combine a large touchscreen (à la the Microsoft Surface or iTable) with a printer. Put your digital camera on top and, yes, your photos print out. It must be magic. Read More

  • What's the big deal about touch screens anyway?

    It’s been 1.5 years since the iPhone began to take over hit the market, causing major tremors throughout the mobile world.  The promise/combination of a worthwhile touch screen and accompanying UI have proven to be an incredible success, with iPhones quickly reaching the top of the smartphone charts. It follows then, that most other mobile manufacturers (and now computer makers have… Read More

  • Duo Digital: touchscreen for laptops and LCD's

    PNF (Pen And Free Co.) released the Duo, so you can turn your laptop into a touchscreen without ripping it apart. You just install the receiving station on top or on the side of your screen, define the area you want to use as a tablet and that’s all. However, you have to use a stylus to operate. The laptop version supports up to 15.4″, the monitor version to 22″. Oh and it… Read More

  • Video: Multi-Touch on the G1

    Caution: Pink Floyd blasting as soon as you hit “play”
    I’m pumped about this because I just got a G1. This video shows a pretty basic paint program tracking two inputs at once — it’s pretty hacked together but it clearly works okay. We knew it was possible technically, now we see it’s possible practically, and hopefully soon we’ll see it supported… Read More