Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Is Your iPad Too Small? How About 52 Inches?

Touchscreens are sweeping the world with displays you can brush, swipe, flick and control with all sorts of intuitive gestures, but mostly only on tiny screens, until now. Look for large-scale displays to start offering touchscreen options as software overcomes "gorilla hand" with user-friendly animations that make touchscreen control turnkey. R.C.J.

Here's what SmarterTechnology says about super-sized toushscreens: NextWindow is hawking giant touch-screen displays for kiosks and other commercial settings that use a novel optical technology that can be added onto any large-screen display. Look for giant interactive displays to begin appearing in a mall near you by Christmas. If you feel confined by those dinky interactive touch screens that have become so popular today, then NextWindow has the answer for you—retrofit kits for nearly any large-screen display. Designed for system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs), the NextWindow add-on optical touch-screen kit is available in a variety of sizes ranging up 52 inches and, by special order, up to 120 inches. The technology used by NextWindow is an optical sensor system that uses passive illumination instead of an additional active layer on top of the screen. Any device thereby retains the full brightness of the original display while simultaneously improving reliability and lowering costs. The system also simplifies the assembly of interactive digital signage for kiosks, information directories and educational platforms.
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