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Touchscreen

Ideum's Dynamic Desktop experimental interface (Photo: Ideum)

Multi-touch hardware and software company Ideum is exploring a potential future for the workplace in which traditional desks give way to projected capacitive touch (PCT) tables that you use with both hand gestures and tangible objects. The project is called the Dynamic Desktop, and it's an idea that creative director and CEO Jim Spadaccini believes will work on any PCT screen.  Read More

The new Lenovo Horizon 2s from the show floor at IFA

Having debuted its original 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC at CES in 2013 and following that up with the Horizon 2 earlier this year, Lenovo has used IFA 2014 to unveil the latest additions to the series, the Horizon 2s and Horizon 2e. Packing 19.5- and 21.5-in displays respectively, the new devices bring a thinner lighter form factor to tabletop computing.  Read More

Jaguar's InControl infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen

Jaguar recently announced the upcoming debut of its new XE, providing teasing pictures of the compact sport sedan's engine and front-end. Now, the manufacturer has released details of the car's new infotainment system, which boasts an 8-inch touchscreen.  Read More

An IRT table at Ebony restaurant in Dubai

Tired of the waiter ignoring you? Perhaps you want to know a bit more about the dishes, such as how they're made and what's in them? Well, the Interactive Restaurant Technology (IRT) system might be for you. It replaces human waiters and paper menus with multitouch tables.  Read More

The Zmartframe brings touch screen capabilities to non-touch PC monitors

While touch screens are an option when buying a new all-in-one PC or monitor, Hong Kong-based Gowin Technology is offering an alternative for those after touch capabilities who don't want to trash their existing monitor. The Zmartframe is a touch-enabled frame that attaches to a monitor to bring touchscreen capabilities to a Windows PC or transform it into a standalone Android touchscreen computer.  Read More

The GoGlove is built to be a versatile, all-season wireless accessory

BearTek makes a set of wireless ski gloves that we found to be one of the best winter gadgets of 2014. Now that winter's over in the Northern Hemisphere, though, BearTek gloves are left collecting dust in the closet. The GoGlove offers similar capabilities rolled into all-season gloves and wristbands.  Read More

TransWall displays interactive content on both of its faces

You've probably seen TV shows in which groups of characters – usually forensic investigators – view data on large transparent touchscreen displays. Well, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have taken that concept a step further. Their TransWall is not only transparent, but it can also receive input and display content on either side of its screen, plus it's capable of haptic feedback.  Read More

Tuna Knobs work as an oversized stylus, translating real-life turning movements into in-ap...

With just about every aspect of music production going digital, one budding DJ is looking to march to the beat of his own drum. Samuel Verburg joined forces with Dutch design firm Tweetonig aiming to mix not just perfectly matched beats, but a bit of old with a little bit of new. The result is Tuna Knobs, physical controls that work on any capacitive touchscreen to bring tactile feedback to music making applications.  Read More

Navigation, audio and climate control settings are all adjusted through the screen

Volvo has shown how it will integrate Apple CarPlay into its future infotainment systems by releasing details of the upcoming XC90's Sensus touchscreen setup.  Read More

A sheet of clear polymer treated with the new electrode coating

Chances are that the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet incorporates a coating of indium tin oxide, also known as ITO or tin-doped indium oxide. Although it's electrically conductive and optically transparent, it's also brittle and thus easily-shattered. Scientists at Ohio's University of Akron, however, are developing something that could ultimately replace the material. They've created an electrode coating that's not only as transparent and more conductive than ITO, but is also far tougher.  Read More

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