Items tagged with Multi-touch

The all-in-one PC form factor is a brilliant, if not obvious, evolution of the desktop computer. AIO systems offer the maximum amount of screen real estate while drastically minimizing the total footprint of the computer by packing all the components inside the monitor (or in the case of this particular AIO, the base of the stand). Even better, now that ten-finger touch input is de rigeur, these machines offer new methods of computer interaction that are alternately ideal for wide-eyed youngsters, old luddites, and seasoned power users. (Give a toddler a touchscreen and she’ll figure out how to pull up her favorite album, play a simple game, and scroll through photos in minutes. Give her... Read more...
Anyone who has tried pre-release versions of Window 8 can tell you that navigating the OS with your mouse is completely doable – but you’re going to find yourself wanting to touch those Live Tiles. To that end, Dell took the veil off a new multi-touch monitor aimed squarely at users who are upgrading their desktops to Windows 8 and want the touch experience.   The Dell S2340T is a 23-inch IPS display at full HD 1920X1080 resolution. It has an LED backlight and offers viewing angles of 178 degrees. The monitor has a high contrast ratio of 1000:1, as well as a mega-dynamic 8 million: 1 contrast ratio. One of the more noteworthy features is the articulating stand,... Read more...
When it rains, it pours, and these days it’s pouring aluminum. The big names are using consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin to unveil the devices that will usher in Windows 8. Count HP among them with three sleek entries, including an ultrabook with a detachable screen. All three new devices have multitouch displays, emphasizing the importance of touch capabilities for notebooks running Windows 8. HP ENVY x2 Of the pack, the model that’s going to get the most attention is probably the HP ENVY x2, which HP is referring to as a hybrid PC. That’s the model with the detachable keyboard: use it as a notebook when you need to fire off an email, then detach the screen... Read more...
If the challenge is to go big or go home, don't wait up for Ideum to pull into its driveway. Ideum specializes in designing and creating interactive computer-based exhibits, multi-touch installations, rich Internet applications, and social networking sites for museum and Web visitors, and their latest creations is the MT65 Presenter, a 65-inch interactive display with multi-touch capabilities. It also supports 3D, is made with ultra-clear tempered glass, houses an integrated computer, boasts built-in audio, and yes, there's also a webcam included in the hardened aluminum case. "The Presenter is easy to install and maintain, virtually indestructible, and works in practically any ambient lighting... Read more...
HDTVs are getting all sorts of big these days. An 82" HDTV still sounds massive, but not nearly as massive as it did a few years ago.  What if multi-touch is mixed in with that massive size, though? That's what Perceptive Pixel has done, and the company has just introduced the world's largest projected capacitive display at the SIGGRAPH 2011 conference. The 82" pro-cap display joins the company's existing 27" pro-cap monitor, both of which are aimed (for now) at businesses and enterprise applications. The new 82" wall display is ideal for use in creative, collaborative environments such as design reviews, concept pitches, storyboarding and brainstorming sessions, among others. It touts a... Read more...
Qualcomm: a name that most average consumers probably weren't even familiar with just five or ten years ago, but these days, is impossible to ignore. The Snapdragon processor platform has taken over the tablet and smartphone space, and a huge percentage of today's hottest devices run with Qualcomm silicon inside. It's still tough being a chip maker when it comes to perception, though; for the most part, average consumers don't stop to consider what kind of CPU is within their favorite handheld. It's more about the experience, and less about the specifications. So now, Qualcomm is getting itself more in line with consumers, to a place consumers actually touch. The company has just acquired... Read more...
Are you looking for a new dining room table? What about a new dining room tablet? What about a combination of both? Ideum has just revealed what may be the most incredible table your home could ever imagine, but it's likely overkill for most. Packed within the MT-55 (also known as "The Platform) is a full-blown PC, with a Core i5/i7 CPU, RAM, storage, and Windows 7 Pro. That computer is necessary to run the 55" touch panel on top, which touts over 30 touch points and basically turns whatever room you place it in into a multi-touch extravaganza. The top part of the table measures just 3" thick, and the resolution is 1080p. The table is obvious marketed towards businesses and folks with gobs of... Read more...
Acer revealed the new M and X Series desktops as well as the T231H 23-inch multi-touch display. The M Series targets users who are looking for a powerful desktop with expansion options. The all-black Acer M Series desktops offer Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II x4 Quad Core processors, up to 6GB DDR3 memory, and 1TB SATA hard drives. Models with discrete graphics are available. The Acer M Series desktops start at $499.99. The X Series is sleek and compact. In fact, Acer says this series is about one-third the size of a traditional PC. The X Series comes with an Intel Pentium Dual Core or AMD Athlon II X4 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, and a 500GB or 1TB SATA hard drive. Pricing begins at $398.00 for... Read more...
Where would be without Multi-Touch? It's hard to imagine, given that the vast majority of today's smartphones utilize some form of multi-touch, and many new all-in-one PCs, monitors and tablets do as well. Multi-touch has effectively revolutionized how we interact with displays, and Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has just created a major step forward in the multi-touch world. They're introducing the industry's first single-layer multi-touch capacitive touch screen controller, which doesn't require cross-over isolation points that other solutions require. The catch is that even though it's a single-layer solution, it still maintains full multi-touch capability. The result is a lower-cost total... Read more...
Apple may have taken the time to officially reveal a new iMac, Mac Pro and 27" Cinema Display this morning, but two accessories that slipped under the radar are equally as interesting, if not more so. Scattered about the press releases for the new iMac and Mac Pro were mentions of a new Multi-Touch "Magic Trackpad," which is an all new input peripheral from Apple that's designed to bring some of the company's expertise in Multi-Touch to the desktop. Up until now, Multi-Touch has been reserved largely for touch panels and notebooks, but the new trackpad enables those same gestures to be translated onto the desktop. Basically, this is a trackpad right out of a MacBook Pro, but larger and equipped... Read more...
iBUYPOWER is best known for their line of custom PCs, and they're one of the go-to companies when it comes to high-end gaming notebooks. In fact, the company is known solely for hardware. But their latest introduction isn't hardware based at all; rather, it's a new piece of software. It takes a special piece of software to really grab our attention, but this one really shows promise. It's a piece that we expected to first come from a place like NVIDIA or Intel, but instead, it'll be iBUYPOWER customers enjoying the early spoils. The new, customizable MAGIC software works with touchscreen machines, and it enables every single title a touch-supporting title. You read that right: games that don't... Read more...
You know what the world needs? More multi-touch. Don't think we're being sarcastic, because we most certainly are not. Multi-touch has changed the way we interact with our computers and gadgets, and it's clear that touch is the input method of the future, at least with portable electronics. Companies are becoming better and better at really nailing the execution for multi-touch devices, and GestureTek is one of those hoping to make some moves in the market as the bandwagon grows. The company is following AUO by showcasing a number of new display devices at a forthcoming trade show, but rather than showing them in Taiwan, they'll be on the show floor of InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas. The highlight... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases. Lenovo is hoping to set its newest netbook apart from the crowd by doing a couple of things: dressing it up, and providing a multi-touch, swivel screen that few others will include. The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook,... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases. Lenovo is hoping to set its newest netbook apart from the crowd by doing a couple of things: dressing it up, and providing a multi-touch, swivel screen that few others will include. The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook,... Read more...
We've had the opportunity to review a few tablet / netbook combinations here at HotHardware (the Eee PC T91 from Asus immediately comes to mind), but in the 10+ years of covering computing technology, there has yet to be a tablet as polarizing, alluring, and promising as iPad. And after all of these years, who would've thought that it would be Apple leading the tablet charge of 2010? Early last decade, somewhere around 2003 or 2004, there was a huge push for tablet PCs to make it big. That's a long time ago, for sure, but we recall it feeling a little bit like the netbook push of 2008. Companies were hailing their tablets as "all new machines," with new form factors that would "redefine" the... Read more...
We've had the opportunity to review a few tablet / netbook combinations here at HotHardware (the Eee PC T91 from Asus immediately comes to mind), but in the 10+ years of covering computing technology, there has yet to be a tablet as polarizing, alluring, and promising as iPad. And after all of these years, who would've thought that it would be Apple leading the tablet charge of 2010? Early last decade, somewhere around 2003 or 2004, there was a huge push for tablet PCs to make it big. That's a long time ago, for sure, but we recall it feeling a little bit like the netbook push of 2008. Companies were hailing their tablets as "all new machines," with new form factors that would... Read more...
Much like Donkey Kong, "it's on." The tablet wars are now fully in effect, and with Apple laying down the first blow, HP has followed up just a few days later with a gorgeous teaser video that makes it difficult to wait. As we all know by know, the multi-touch tablet will have a lot of things the iPad doesn't: a USB port, Flash support and a camera, for starters. It won't have the App Store nor will have Apple's unique user interface, and despite their best efforts, we sort of doubt that HP will be able to get people lined up 3 days in advance at the local Best Buy for an HP Slate. That said, HP is making a case that their Slate could very well be the Apple iPad killer. There are still a lot... Read more...
Desktop replacement notebooks aren't as popular as they once were, but the big boys still have a place in the laptop world. A really, really big place. iBUYPOWER has just revealed what might be the most noticeable notebook of the year so far, not only because of the great specifications list, but the sheer size of this unit.The Battalion Touch CZ-11 differs from most monsters, as it has some smarts to go along with the muscle. The main standout is the 1080p multi-touch trackpad, making it one of the first (and only) multi-touch gaming machines in existance. It also includes a Core i7 processor, a 15" display, 4GB of DDR3 memory, an ATI Radeon HD 5650 GPU, DirectX 11 support and an optional Blu-ray... Read more...
Toshiba announced the new Portégé M780 Tablet PC and Satellite Pro U500 laptop with multi-touch display. Both laptops target students, educators and business professionals with their touch capabilities. The laptops take advantage of the built-in touch capabilities of Windows 7 Professional, letting you scroll through Web pages and documents with your finger. The laptops also come with Toshiba’s touch-enabled ReelTime and Bulletin Board applications. The Portégé M780 Tablet PC builds on the success of its predecessor by offering Intel Core processors, faster DDR3 memory, Toshiba’s eSATA/USB combo port with Sleep and Charge, and a 12.1–inch diagonal LED backlit display. Toshiba’s EasyGuard technology... Read more...
Touchscreen computing still has a long ways to go before it's popular in the mainstream, but if anyone can help, it's Asus. This company basically started the netbook craze that's still going on now, and they have just announced their latest in the famous Eee PC, which just so happens to feature a multi-touch panel that swivels around and becomes a tablet PC.The Eee PC T101MT is the first Eee PC Touch device to go multi-touch, and it ships with Windows 7, a 10.1" display, PenWrite technology that enables note-taking and doodling, unique Touch software to take advantage of the screen and an additional 500GB of data storage courtesy of the Asus WebStorage feature. In many ways, the design here... Read more...
Take a step back and inhale. Nexus One owners have just become the first group of Android users to get a taste of native multi-touch here in the United States, and it has definitely been a long time coming. Android has proven itself as one of the most capable mobile operating systems on the market, but the lack of multi-touch really hindered its ability to go toe-to-toe with webOS and iPhone OS.Google announced this week that Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones, and while it's still unclear when other Android 2.0+ phones will receive the same update, early impressions from existing Nexus One owners are very positive. Google Maps and the web browser... Read more...
With a claim of “nearly 30-years of touch innovation” under its belt, HP is no stranger to touch-input technology. The company has recently integrated touch input into a number of its consumer and business product lines, such as tablets and displays and perhaps is most well-known for its line of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs. In fact, when the TouchSmart first debuted in 2007, it was one of very first multi-touch desktop PCs to hit the market, though touch technology has come a long way since then, especially with the advent of Windows 7's touch capabilities.Taking advantage of a good thing when they see it, HP has produced a few major updates to the TouchSmart line, culminating in the latest... Read more...
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