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DuoPad aims to bring touchscreen-like controls to PCs that lack touchscreens

With Windows 8, and continuing into Windows 10, Microsoft has created an OS with a bit more of a touchscreen focus. As a solution, many computer makers are selling laptops and all-in-ones with touchscreens, but what about users who already have a computer? The DuoPad trackpad aims to bring a touchscreen-like feel to PCs in a way that is surprisingly cool.  Read More

Glovys sits between your smartphone and your gloves, letting the two play nicely together

Anyone who has ever tried using their smartphone while wearing gloves will know it's nigh-on impossible. You therefore have a number of choices: wear fingerless gloves or special touchscreen-friendly gloves, remove your gloves while using the phone, or desist from using your phone entirely when out in the cold. Or thanks to a new product called Glovys, you could fix the problem using technology.  Read More

Custom printed displays can make plants smarter, too (Image credit: Saarland University)

For years now, we've been promised miraculous new flexible touchscreen displays, but the deployment of such technology in big consumer products, like say the LG G Flex, hasn't started any revolutions just yet. That could soon change thanks to a team of computer scientists from Germany's Saarland University who have developed a technique that could allow anyone to literally print their own custom touchscreen displays.  Read More

Kyocera has developed a smartphone prototype that features a display with a Wysips Crystal...

Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.  Read More

The ZRRO is designed to provide access to Android games and apps without the need for deve...

Zrro (pronounced “zero”) is an Android-based games console currently looking for crowdfunding support. It offers something a little different from the competition, with a touchpad controller that mimics touchscreen functionality on the big screen, allowing users to interact with both games and apps in a natural, intuitive way.  Read More

The Durabook R11 is dust, shock and splash-proof (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

It wasn't long ago that bringing a rugged PC along literally required lugging a rigid office-in-a-suitcase sort of setup into the field. But new systems like the Durabook R11 from GammaTech combine touchscreens and the trend towards smaller, lighter and thinner devices into a much more portable package.  Read More

The VW Golf R Touch concept at CES 2015 (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)

As technology in cars becomes increasingly complex, the need for making it simple to use becomes more pressing. This is the principle on which Volkswagen has based its Golf R Touch concept car. The vehicle's infotainment system is controlled by driver gestures and three large touchscreen interfaces.  Read More

HP's latest Chromebook might look familiar, but improvements have been made to both the di...

HP has announced a new model in its competitive Chromebook 14 line. Bearing the same moniker as the existing machine, the new notebook offers a higher resolution display over its sibling, as well as touchscreen functionality and increased memory and storage.  Read More

Among other things, infrared curtain technology could be used to mirror smartphone display...

Although touchscreen controls are appearing in the dashboards of an increasing number of vehicles, they're still not something that one generally associates with economy cars. That may be about to change, however, as Continental has announced an "infrared curtain" system that could allow for inexpensive multi-touch functionality in any automobile.  Read More

The HaptoMime uses ultrasound to make users feel like they're touching a display that isn'...

Touchscreen interfaces may make our lives easier, but the things do tend to get smeared with finger oil and whatnot, plus they're notorious for spreading germs. That's why a team of researchers at the University of Tokyo, led by assistant professor Yasuaki Monnai, have developed the HaptoMime. It's an ATM-like interface that lets the user feel like they're touching a glass screen, when in fact they're touching nothing at all.  Read More

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