If you're in the market for a new desk or table, before you head to your local furniture store take a moment to fantasize how awesome it would be to replace that old wooden thing with Ideum's new MT55 HD Multitouch Table. We mentioned their older MT50 model about a year ago, but they just announced today a new MT55 HD model that's a 55" beauty sporting full 1920x1080 HD resolution.
The cat and mouse race between Samsung and LG continues, with LG Display looking to best Samsung's 22-inch transparent LCD from just a couple of weeks back with a transparent screen of its own. The company is showing off a huge 47-inch IPS LCD panel which as well as being transparent is capable of Full HD resolution.
German designer Volker Hübner developed this tablet he calls the m • pad to cater specifically to the needs of designers and developers. It combines the functionality of a 15.6" OLED display. It also includes full multi-touch functionality married with a pressure sensitive stylus. Looking at the pictures from Yanko also suggest that this tablet should have a wide range of USB, Ethernet, firewire and whatever else available for connection external keyboards or mice for a more traditional computing experience.
By now we're all used to multi touch capacitive displays where the slightest brush of our fingers can zoom and pan the application. At Embedded World in Nuremburg, Toshiba showed off their prototype of a Resistive Multi-touch display using an ARM Cortex-M3 micro-controller. Most people don't have any problems with just using a capacitive screen, but in industrial and medical applications it's often necessary for the users to wear gloves, negating the benefit of capacitive screens. Resistive screens are also much less expensive than their same-sized capacitive counterparts, and are often more durable. Toshiba will have the ability to market this technology to touchscreen markets from ATM's to Point of Sale registers and beyond.
Sony's third VAIO launch of the day is the new VAIO L Series, all-in-one touchscreen desktops packing 24-inch Full HD displays and a new "edge access" system of touch-sensitive shortcuts integrated into the bezel. Packing a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics and a 1920 x 1080 multitouch display, the L Series also hides a Blu-ray drive and both HDMI input and outputs.
While Apple may have already tried to revolutionize the current mouse we all know and love/hate, that doesn't mean the company has stopped trying to figure out new, and better ways to make the mouse even more ridiculous. What better way to go above and beyond the call of duty, then to include a multitouch display on the top of it? According to some new apple patent applications recently awarded, the Cupertino-based company may be doing just that.
Multitouch gestures have been spotted in the iOS 4.3 Beta 1 release, with BGR's sources sending in evidence of internal settings pages that suggest the iPhone will also get the gesture support, not just the iPad. Meanwhile Antoni Nygaard has managed to get the functionality working on his iPhone 3GS, and caught the whole thing on video.
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Technology that powers the devices we love so much has to find some limelight, and thanks to company MultiTouch, the tech that many of us use in our mobile devices every day had an entire wall to show off its grand design. The company was showing off four 32-inch displays, set up in an inter-connected fashion, where they were going through the motions of moving pictures with 10-point contact, and talking up the usefulness of a system such as this.
MSI has unveiled three new Wind Top all-in-one desktop PCs at CES 2011 today, the Intel Sandy Bridge based Wind Top AE2210 and AE2410, and the AMD Brazos based Wind Top AE2050. All three feature 16:9 aspect multi-touch touchscreens - 22-inches on the AE2210, 24-inches on the AE2410, and 20-inches on the AE2050 - together with USB 3.0 ports for high-speed connectivity.
Microsoft has spilled pricing details on its new second-gen Surface SUR40 multitouch table, launched the company's CES 2011 keynote yesterday, and slimming down the original surface into a slick 4-inch thick slab. The new SUR40 Surface 2.0 - which is manufactured by Samsung, and has a Full HD 1080p 40-inch display covered with a sheet of toughened Gorilla Glass - will be priced at $7,600 rather than the original Surface's $12k+ sticker.
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ASUS is dropping some serious hints about its upcoming Eee Pad EP121 tablet, ahead of the slate's official debut at CES 2011 next month. According to the teaser video, the ASUS EP121 will have a 12-inch display and use an Intel Core i5 processor; that's up from the Core 2 Duo ULV chip we first heard back in May. There'll also be HDMI and USB connectivity, along with Windows 7.
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