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SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

Today a group within Carnegie Mellon University have broadened our "smart touch" horizons. Touchpads and touchscreens - a thing of the past. Smartphones, smart watches, and smart devices of all sorts will be changed forever. This group has made a technology that uses your skin as a controller. Instead of swiping back and forth on the screen of your phone, you'll swipe back and forth on your wrist. Instead of scrolling on the screen of your watch, you'll scroll by brushing your hand. How simple. How perfect.

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Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

This week the folks at Acer have announced their newest in a series of Aspire S notebooks, all of which are thin. This device works with a 13-inch Full HD display with optional touchscreen capabilities. as well as a 6th Generation Intel Core processor inside. This notebook has a cool 8 GB of LPDDR3 system memory as well, so you won't be wanting for bits to call upon.

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HP’s Apple-baiting Spectre isn’t its only slick new laptop today

HP’s Apple-baiting Spectre isn’t its only slick new laptop today

All eyes may be on HP's new Spectre 13.3, dubbed the world's thinnest notebook, but if sacrificing touch and 4K are too big a compromise for you, fear not. The new ultraportable makes do with a non-touchscreen Full HD display - not to mention only USB-C ports for connectivity - in order to hit its 10.4mm thickness, but there are three other new HP models revealed today which balance their scales a little differently.

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Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Display manufacturer Japan Display recently announced that it had developed the second generation of its Pixel Eyes LCD modules, complete with details on improvements, including slimmer bezels and the ability to function with wet fingers. As a supplier for many smartphone companies, including Apple, the new touchscreens hint at some features and designs we might see on devices over the next few years, including future iPhones.

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Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

OK, they're not actually calling it "Force Touch, which could land them in a heap of legal trouble. Formally, it's called "ClearForce force sensing and haptic feedback" but the idea is the same. Developed by Synaptics, the controller technology allows users to apply varying levels of pressure on a press gesture to increase the number of available actions. Now Synaptics is teaming up with automotive supplier Valeo to bring that technology to the touchscreens and dashboards of the smart cars of the future.

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Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Making a Surface-style 2-in-1 is all the rage, and Dell isn't to be left out, bringing two detachables to CES 2016 this week. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 and its Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 sibling each pack Intel's latest 6th-gen Core processors and Windows 10, and as the names suggest feature a removable keyboard.

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HP Pavilion x2 12″ adds USB-C and bigger screen to budget convertible

HP Pavilion x2 12″ adds USB-C and bigger screen to budget convertible

HP's Pavilion X2 proved to be a budget Windows 10 detachable tablet surprise, and now it's getting a bigger brother. Launched at CES 2016 this week, the HP Pavilion x2 12" bumps the display from 10-inches to 12-inches, but keeps the easily-docked tablet display and removable keyboard section that turns the x2 from a notebook to a slate and vice-versa.

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HP EliteBook Folio hands-on: Is this Windows’ MacBook killer?

HP EliteBook Folio hands-on: Is this Windows’ MacBook killer?

Apple's 12-inch MacBook has some real competition, and it's wearing an HP badge. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 might not have the snappy name of its OS X rival, but the Windows 10 ultraportable certainly addresses some of the key criticisms fired at the sleek - but port-lite - Apple machine.

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HP Spectre X360 15″ adds 4K to slick convertible

HP Spectre X360 15″ adds 4K to slick convertible

If bigger is better then HP's new Spectre X360 15", a larger version of its coveted X360 convertible, is onto a winner. Scaling up the touchscreen Windows 10 notebook from 13.3- to 15.6-inches, the new Spectre still keeps the machined aluminum body and clever hinge design, but now offers up to 4K resolution.

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Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

A lot of laptops these days are moving toward having a touch screens. It's nice to have that functionality for certain tasks, but if your notebook doesn't already have that technology built-in, you're left out in the cold. However, Neonode has announced a new device that can bring touch technology to virtually any computer.

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FingerAngle challenges 3D Touch with finger angle recognition

FingerAngle challenges 3D Touch with finger angle recognition

Researchers at Qeexo, a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a technology for interacting with touchscreens that easily rivals Apple's 3D Touch and its pressure-sensitivity features. It's called FingerTouch, and instead of relying on display hardware, it's an algorithm that can determine the exact angle at which a finger is making contact with the screen. Because it's software based, it can work with the existing display hardware that's widely available.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung has updated their line of ATIV notebooks with a couple of hard-hitting devices made with extremely sharp displays. The ATIV Book 9 Pro works with a 15.6-inch 4K display (that's 3840 x 2160 pixels) with touchscreen abilities. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin works with a 13.3-inch display with QHD+ resolution (that's 3200 x 1800), touchscreen, and the ability to fold back over itself 360-degrees to achieve several display modes. Both machines will run Windows 10 and will be released very soon.

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