Sharp, 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.