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Fujitsu resistive multi-touch panels coming to North America, Windows 7 certified

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As I wrong-headedly researched resistive multi-touch screens, I ran across an old announcement by Fujitsu on their offering. By strange coincidence, they followed that up just yesterday with an announcement of their North American debut of these multi-touch panels certified for Windows 7.

Per their press release, Fujitsu is the first to release Windows 7 certified, analog-resistive, multi-input touch panels and also the first to release them as a standard product. These are not consumer releases, but components to be used by other manufacturers, though the standard USB interface would make it easy to implement in DIY projects.

Certified for Windows 7 multi-touch, they support all the Windows 7 single- and multi-touch gestures. Being resistive, they can detect stylus input as well as touch (sensitivity can be adjusted by the manufacturer). Interestingly, the sizes they offer are wide aspect ratio 5.6-inch, 7.0-inch and 12.1-inch. While 12.1 is a common Tablet PC size, there is no 10″ size (another common Tablet PC standard) and the smaller sizes are in the UMPC range. It will be interesting to see how these panels will be utilized and if Fujitsu will use them in their own tablet offerings.

Hat tip to Slashgear and Akihabara News

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

2 Comments

  1. Chad Essley

    11/17/2010 at 4:35 pm

    Ohh.. I would love to sandwich this into my Le1700.. woo! Keeping my eye out on Ebay for these..

  2. Russell Baker

    11/18/2010 at 3:46 pm

    I have sent Fujitsu 3 emails regarding how I can put one of these into my Fujistu ST6012 … nothing back … their customer service is severely lacking on my end …

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