Acer C720P Brings Touch to Chromebook for $299

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The pundits may still be debating the wisdom and efficacy of Chromebooks, and Microsoft and the Pawn Stars might think they aren’t worth much, but that’s not stopping Chromebooks from selling or being manufactured. Regardless of what the naysayers proclaim, the browser based laptop pioneered by Google and also sold by HP, Acer, and Samsung […]

Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5 4K Tablet will Cost You $6000

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Panasonic has been known for quite some time for its ruggedized Tablets. Who knew they were also into 4K display technology? That’s right, Panasonic has a ruggedized Tablet with a 4K display ready to come out in January of 2014. The cost? $6000. Yep. This 20-inch Tablet will set you back a pretty penny. But […]

Kindle Fire Firestorm About Touch Is Much Ado About Android

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Lots of folks are picking up on a study that says users are having some “fat finger” difficulty with Touch on the Kindle Fire. All of the Apple lovers are saying this affirms Steve Jobs’ comments that Tablets in a 7 inch form factor just won’t work. Time may indeed prove Jobs correct, but quite […]

New Touch Gestures Revealed in Apple Patent

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Patently Apple points to some new patent information from Apple that shows some possible (and potentially powerful) new touch gestures. The concepts behind these patents make good sense to me. First up is what is labeled as Swipe and Hold. The user swipes in a direction but leaves the finger on the screen. Data then […]

OmniTouch Promises to Turn Any Surface into a Multi-Touch Screen

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Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have taken the wraps off a new project that projects a hover-capable, motion-tracking, multi-touch interface on any surface, even your own hand. It’s called OmniTouch and it’s a step above anything I’ve seen before.

Apple Denied Trademark on Multi-Touch

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Finally. It seems like someone in the patent process has decided to apply some common sense and perspective. Apple had applied for a patent on the term “multi-touch” in 2007 when it released the first iPhone. At the time just about everyone who had been using multi-touch on other devices thought this was an over […]

Windows 8 “Fuzzy Hit Targeting” for Touch Explained

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Of all the touch features in Windows 8, the one I feel is most valuable is also the least dazzling. “Fuzzy hit targeting” as it was called earlier this year enables wide fingers to more accurately work with an interface designed for pinpoint cursors. But how does it work? Long Zheng at istartedsomething explains. The […]

N-Trig vs. Wacom: A Dual Digitizer Duel

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Last month, I had the good fortune to have tested two slates, the HTC Flyer and Fujitsu Stylistic Q550, with pen + touch digitizers from the same vendor: N-Trig. Due to software and design choices, the experiences of both were quite different, but I tried to look past that to get a feel for the […]

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Review: Sweet Shell, Bitter Core

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A candy shell with sweet filling and a bitter core, that’s how I’d sum up the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 slate Tablet PC if it was a confectionery treat. Nearly everything about this tablet is first-rate, except the slow processor. There are understandable reasons for that, but ultimately, while the Q550 can do the work, it […]

A Wonderful Example of Windows 7 Touch Optimization

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Windows 7 enthusiast Justin Campana has put together a wonderful custom interface for a fully touch-optimized environment using a combination of ObjectDock, widgets, themes, and the right applications on his ASUS Eee EP121. Beautiful.

Apple Patent Hints at New Gestures Somewhere Down the Road

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Patent applications can give us some idea of what companies are thinking about for the future. And usually that future is a ways down the road. Apple has recently filed some patents that show some interesting new multi-touch gestures for its iOS devices, although I would assume some of that might make it to the […]

Enable pinch and twist gestures in Firefox 4

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If you’ve downloaded Firefox 4 to your multitouch Windows tablet and wondered why pinch-to-zoom wasn’t working, it’s not just you. The update has that disabled by default, but a little configuration magic can get it up and running again, as well as a twist gesture to roll between tabs.

How do you get it on with your Tablet?

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One of the best features of a tablet PC is that it does not require external input devices. On slate tablets in particular the lack of a keyboard and track pad, as well as the slim form factor makes them portable, easy to use and in many ways downright fun. Ultimately although the concept of […]

New iOS 4.3 iPad Gestures Will Not Make Final Consumer Release

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Developers had discovered new multitouch gestures on the iOS 4.3 Developer Preview of Apple’s mobile operating system targeted for the iPad, however, the company is saying that those features are for testing at this time and will not make it to the consumer release of iOS 4.3. Those new multi-touch gestures provides the same functions […]

Synaptics ClearPad 1100 Could Make Resistive Touchscreens Obsolete (Video)

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With the rise of the iPhone, many handset-makers have tried to replicate Apple’s success with capacitive touchscreen displays, abandoning old technologies such as resistive touchscreens. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both touchscreen technologies, for now, gesture support, ease and accuracy of tapping, and the ability to use high-end materials, such as Gorilla Glass, […]