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N-trig multi-touch tech to expand beyond Dell, HP

updated 04:20 pm EST, Wed November 26, 2008

N-trig applications expand

The N-trig multi-touch technology will remain confined to mobile PCs, as per N-trig's VP of Business Development, Lenny Engelhardt, according to a Tuesday CNET report. Currently, the N-trig interface is available in Dell's Latitude XT tablet PC and, more recently, the HP TouchSmart tx2 tablet, with the interfaces sporting some minor manufacturer-specific differences. N-trig uses a thin and transparent capacitive touch sensor with its circuitry located on either side of it.

Engelhardt says the technology does not require a specific platform like Intel or AMD, instead integrating via a USB connection, but does not foresee its application in smartphones as their screens are too small to take full advantage of a multi-touch interface.

"Seven- to 17-inches is our sweet spot," Engelhardt says.

He went on to say traditional clamshell laptops will use multi-touch displays in 2009, though he did not name specific manufacturers. There will be changes to the N-trig interface itself as well, with new additions to the current multi-touch gestures, with on-screen keys that perform specific functions within applications.

As for working with Microsoft on Windows 7, Engelhardt says all but one version of the next-gen OS will natively recognize multi-touch data streams. A beta version of N-trig's Windows 7 driver is currently available to developers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well duh

    The "sweet spot" is laptop-sized screens.

    And yes, Apple has had great difficulty in getting multi-touch working well on a 3 inch screen. It's practically unusable.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe iMacs

    To bad they don't consider a 20 inch or 24 inch widescreen glass panel replacement for the iMac line. The glass panel of the new AL iMacs pops off easily and could be replaced with a touch panel ... then a cable with a parasitic clip to an internal USB connection and you'd be all set. No visible difference between a shipping iMac and the touch version required.

    As an owner of a touch enabled MAC SE (wow ancient) I'd welcome this ...

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