New Sharp LCD does multi-touch and scanning

Sharp multi-touchSharp, the Japanese electronic giant, has just announced last week that they have developed a new generation of LCD screens that supports both scanning and multi-touch inputs. The new technology works via embedded optical sensors, allowing the screen to be used as both a scanner and multi-touch device.

For example, users can easily tap the screen with two fingers to enlarge or reduce a displayed map. Also, the scanner function can be used to scan in a business card placed on top of the screen, and further improvements to this function are expected to enable fingerprint authentication in the future.

The first samples of the display should be available to companies somewhere in September and enter mass-production in early 2008.

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2 Responses to New Sharp LCD does multi-touch and scanning

  1. I'm a big fan of multi-touch displays, but why has it taken so long for the technology to appear? Why did it take Apple to be the one? The tech isn't all that new, and we've been dealing with the mouse and keyboard as the primary interface for a long time, why the holdup in new user interfaces?

    Can anyone answer this for me?

    Yes, I'm also one of those guys that questions if we really went to the moon back in 1969. I have a big issue whenever the needed tech seems to either to far ahead or to far behind to make a story realistic.

  2. I’m a big fan of multi-touch displays, but why has it taken so long for the technology to appear? Why did it take Apple to be the one? The tech isn’t all that new, and we’ve been dealing with the mouse and keyboard as the primary interface for a long time, why the holdup in new user interfaces?

    Can anyone answer this for me?

    Yes, I’m also one of those guys that questions if we really went to the moon back in 1969. I have a big issue whenever the needed tech seems to either to far ahead or to far behind to make a story realistic.

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