Multitouch, gesture support, MHL connections in new Dell monitors
Dell has unveiled a new range of monitors with multitouch displays, following on from its existing S2240T touch display. The Dell 20 Touch Monitor, Dell 23 Touch Monitor, and Dell 27 Touch Monitor all have 10-point multitouch with gesture support in Windows 8, with the displays also offering a contrast ratio of 8 million to 1.
Envy 23 and Envy 20 add multitouch
HP has announced four new consumer-level all-in-one PCs to supplement its Windows 8 lineup, with two of them including multitouch technology. The touchscreen models, the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart and Envy 20 TouchSmart, offer 10-point multitouch technology. For the budget-conscious, the HP Pavilion 20 brings many of the improvements of the Envy to the Pavilion lineup.
Claims iOS system far simpler than used by Android
Samsung is claiming Apple's multitouch is better than the same feature in Android, in a desperate bid to avoid a sales injunction on devices that infringe Apple's patent on the technology. Lawyers for the Korean company made the claim in the Court of the Hague today in the hope that a recall and ban on Samsung Android devices in the Netherlands due to patent infringement can be avoided. The company was recently found guilty of wide infringement after suffering a sweeping defeat against Apple in related patent battles in the US.
Atom-powered tablet headlines HP's Windows 8 lineup
HP has announced its latest foray into tablet computing since the ill-fated TouchPad lineup was discontinued. The Envy X2 is a 3.1-pound aluminum laptop computer boasting a removable display. The multi-touch capable screen doubles as a tablet device with optional pen support.
8300 AIO features 23-inch multi-touch display
The HP business lines of all-in-one (AIO) computers were enhanced today with two new models. Joining the product lineup are the HP Compaq Pro 6300, and HP Compaq Elite 8300 all-in-one models. An upgrade option is available for the HP Compaq Elite 8300 to add multi-touch capability to the display. All three models will be available in September.
System appears to pair Kinect with pico projector
Microsoft's Research division has previewed a prototype system that utilizes a wearable projector as an alternative to touch-based input restricted to dedicated displays on devices such as smartphones. The technology, which was developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University,
Quokka studios develops unique gaming experience
Independent gaming developer Quokka Studios has brought the first eight-point multitouch game to the iPad. Few games that have been developed for the iPad multitouch interface have used more than two touch points simultaneously, even though the iPad can handle up to 11 simultaneous touches. Panopticon engages users in a unique multitouch gaming experience as the video embedded below demonstrates.
Turns iOS devices into "virtual Magic Trackpads"
Regular Rate and Rhythm Software have updated their flagship product Rowmote Pro to v3.2, adding support for true multi-touch gestures -- allowing iOS devices such as iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads to control both Apple and third-party apps on a Mac or a pre-2010 Apple TV, in a manner similar to a Magic Trackpad.
3D desktop allows stacks, pinning files to walls
BumpTop has released its self-named 3D-desktop utility for Mac OS X. It presents a user's Mac desktop in a three-dimensional display, with four walls -- left, right, front and back -- and a floor, which is essentially the standard Finder desktop. It supports features such as Exposť Quick Look, while enabling multi-touch gestures for trackpad-equipped MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
SecondLight for MS Surface
At the currently ongoing PDC show in LA, Microsoft is holding demonstrations of its Surface PC for members of the industry and developers. At the same time, Microsoft showed off a notable new version of the Surface PC developed by the software giant's engineers from Cambridge, England. Called SecondLight, it allows the table to project different images than those projected on its screen on a translucent surface such as tracing paper held above the surface. The images are projected through the table itself, with Microsoft describing the technology as a magic lens.
MultiClutch gesture app
Developer Will Henderson recently unveiled a beta of MultiClutch
Apple Multi-Touch Panel
Apple has developed a system that will allow users to define their own gesture-based commands in Mac OS X, according to a recent patent filing. Co-invented by Wayne Westerman, who helped found the FingerWorks company largely credited with pioneering multitouch displays, the patent would let users enter a control panel which adds both basic and advanced levels of multitouch control to the existing trackpad options. In an advanced mode, the software would be capable of recognizing different finger patterns, or chords, and assigning different actions depending on the swiping motion associated with those cords.