Tagged With touchscreens

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The Model 3's ultra-streamlined dashboard design was the breakout star of yesterday's big reveal: No gauges, no monitors behind the steering wheel, just a single horizontal screen to the driver's right. And according to a Reuters story, LG is supplying that screen.

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Touch screens are incorporated into almost all new technologies, from smart-phones, tablet computers and personal gadgets to flat panel televisions and household appliances. This explosion of technology is reliant on a key component: a display that is both transparent and able to conduct electrical charge.

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Touchscreens are everywhere these days, and even though you've probably heard people mumble about the relative benefits of capacitive screens compared to resistive ones, you might not actually know how they work. This video explains.

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If there's still one complaint we all have about touchscreens, it's that we sometimes miss physical buttons. Whether it's a game controller, or a keyboard, having tactile feedback is often a better solution — sometimes. That's what led to the development of these tiny robot Thumbles that roll onto a touchscreen as needed to provide temporary physical controls.

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There's a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies. But technology isn't all bad. And to bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can interact with apps on a touchscreen tablet.

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The day we can all afford — and easily access — tables with built-in touchscreens, the world will be a happier place. Sure, you'll have to take extra special care of it, lest a wayward coffee spill brings your dreams of touch-based, living room nirvana to a wet, caffeinated end, but think of the board games! One option that brings us closer to a consumer-practical option is Ideum's tables, powered by Windows 8 (and soon Android).

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If this next-generation display technology developed by Asukanet ever goes past the concept stage, the days of huddling over an ATM display to block your balances from prying eyes could be over. With a viewing angle of just plus or minus 20 degrees, the Aerial Imaging Plate has a very specific sweet spot that ensures your private info stays private.

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In an attempt to give touchscreens another level of interactivity, researchers at Disney have come up with a remarkable way to generate tactile feedback as fingers slide across a smooth glass display. And all without deforming or changing the shape of the display in the process. Imagine a touchscreen keyboard where you can physically feel every key and you'll realise the potential of this research.

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You know how papers can mysteriously go missing amongst the sea of documents strewn about your desk? The same thing could soon happen to your keyboard, thanks to the work of England-based research firm CSR. It's developed a touch keyboard that measures less than half a millimetre thick, making it the perfect accessory for a similarly thin tablet — if you can find it.

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Westinghouse Digital's "Digital Whiteboard" is an 84-inch UltraHD monster that runs Windows 8. It costs $15,000, so this is headed to the lecture halls and boardrooms of the world. Unless you've got dollar, you won't see this beauty in your living room just yet, which is a shame, because using it is like touching the future.