Microsoft Announced Multi-touch LCD Technology for Windows 7

The unveiling of multi-touch features in Windows 7 is part of an orchestrated effort this week to begin detailing the upcoming operating system, which is due in late 2009 or early 2010. One of the first companies was Albatron who demonstrated on this year’s Computex a 22″ touchscreen LCD display which would retail for roughly 120% of the price of a usual LCD without touchscreen feature. That surely sounds promising and a little bit surprising at the same time. It would make touchscreen LCD monitors affordable to the mass market.

 

“Touch-enabled surfaces are popping up everywhere, including laptop touch pads, cell phones, remote controls, GPS devices, and more,” Chris Flores, a director on Microsoft’s Windows client communications team, wrote in a blog post. “What becomes even more compelling is when this experience is delivered to the PC, on a wide variety of Windows notebooks, in all-in-one PC’s, as well as in external monitors.”

Albatron integrated the technology into a 22″ LCD providing a resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels. According to Doncevski, multi-touch is not affected by typical touch-screen limitations. Screen sizes of 24” and above simply require a third sensor on top of the screen. That’s it.

The demonstration was not running on a Windows 7 system obviously at the time of the fair. It should be working fine on Windows XP and Windows Vista and this would lead to the prediction that most touchscreen features of Windows 7 will sooner or later be ported by dedicated Open-Source and freeware developers to those other two operating systems.

The unveiling of multi-touch features in Windows 7 is part of an orchestrated effort this week to begin detailing the upcoming operating system, which is due in late 2009 or early 2010. Pricing and availability of Multi-touch screen has not been announced, but TG Daily reported that physical price of this multi-touch screen is only 20% above a regular LCD.

Source: Yahoo News

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