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Turning A Wall Into An Android 'Touchscreen' With A Pocket Projector

Touchjet first showed off a concept version of its phablet-sized Touchpico projector at CES 2014. Now, the Android-powered Wi-Fi device is nearly ready for production. We got to play with a preproduction model at Gizmodo’s office, ahead of the launch of TouchPico’s crowdfunding campaign.


Tiny Robots Add Physical Controls And Dials To Giant Touchscreens

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.


Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps

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.


A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need To Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren’t going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI — -that the driver doesn’t need to look at.


46-Inch Touchscreen Coffee Table Anyone? Would You Like That With Windows Or Android?

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).


Gorilla Glass Will Be Coming Soon To A Curved Phone Near You

Gorilla Glass, Corning’s enormously sturdy scratch and crack-resistant touchscreen glass, is pretty impressive, found on billions of devices worldwide. Now, the glass maker has announced a novel manufacturing technique to make 3D shapes out of Gorilla Glass.


Floating Touchscreen Displays Keep ATM Screens Invisible To Others

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.


Disney Lets You Feel Textures On A Touchscreen By Zapping Your Fingers

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.


The World's Thinnest Keyboard Is Just Half A Millimetre Thick

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.


You Can Turn Any Surface Into A Touchscreen With A $150 App

Ubi Interactive and Microsoft have been working together to develop software that can — with the addition of a Kinect and projector — turn any surface into a touchscreen. Now, you can buy the app that powers it for about $150.


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