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Notion Ink delays some Adam shipments to February 14th due to damaged touchscreens

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

It hasn’t been easy lately for Notion Ink. Amid other delays, the company has now had to send out some emails to some Adam buyers informing them that delivery has been delayed to February 14th.

The problem is a shipment of damaged touchscreens, which will affect an estimated five percent of all orders. Touchscreen supplier Sintek has vowed to refill the problem stock. Hopefully things go smoother for Notion Ink after this.

Microsoft patent would let touchscreens make real keyboards

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

A new patent from Microsoft has been spotted and it could lead to touchscreens that could change shape to create keyboards and other tactile objects where none exist. It is called a technique for a “light-induced shape-memory polymer display screen”.

It can send ultraviolet light to a plastic layer above each pixel, changing its topography. Varying UV wavelengths would serve to make different parts hard or soft, creating bumps and ridges that could feel like a real surface with actual keys. This design could be used with projectors, though it might not be limited to projectors.

Touchscreens can now track hovering fingers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Cellphones with Cyprus touchscreens, like the Nokia S60 and Palm Pre, will have an extra dimension very soon. Hovering. No, they won’t hover by your ear. This is like when you’re working on your desktop computer, and an icon changes when you move your cursor over it. Get it? Starting in the next few months, cellphones will be able to do just that, by detecting your finger near the screen, and letting you hover the cursor without touching the screen.

How’s that for awesome? The lack of finger-hover tracking is one of the lame reasons Apple used for not having Flash on its iPhone or iPad touchscreens, so what will they say now? They may just change their i-tune someday soon.


Troll Touch debuts new iMac and MacBook touchscreens

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

Troll Touch debuts new iMac and MacBook touchscreensTroll Touch just announced some analog resistive touch kits for the 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs along with the unibody MacBooks. Prices start at $1,099 and go up from there. You can also buy new machines with the kits already pre-installed starting at $2,299.

Notebook owners will need at least $699 to join the party. No, it isn’t cheap, but Mac users are used to that. Delivery is scheduled to begin before December 1, 2009. Just in time for the holidays.

Stardust Multimedia Table with dual touchscreens

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2009

Stardust Multimedia Table with dual touchscreensHey look what just appeared from the future. Treecycled Furniture has unveiled the Stardust Multimedia Table which sports a few 15″ touchscreen LCD monitors from BenQ. It’s the kind of table that would be perfect on any Cylon starship.

The multimedia table also features an Accoustics amplifier and Fostex speakers, along with RGB LEDs in the middle section on top and on the legs. Like what you see? Me too, but it will forever remain in my future and never in my now due to the $14,726 price tag.

X10 Automated Poker Table with touchscreens

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2008

X10 Automated Poker Table with touchscreens
If you really want to impress your poker buddies, get rid of that old table and spend a small fortune on this, the big daddy of all poker tables. It’s fully automated, electronic, and it even sports touchscreens. That’s because cards are no longer necessary. It’s got 10 12.1-inch displays and a 27-inch display at the center of the table.

The cards are dealt by an invisible dealer, and to look at your hand, just touch your display. Thing is, you better be a card shark if you want this table. The X10 will cost you $29,950 of your previous winnings. You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em and know when to walk away when the price is that damn high.