MIT researchers create an elastic touchscreen with a 2D display.
Apple's march into the future of innovation continues with a new patent that reveals plans to allow the operation of touchscreen devices even when a device's screen is turned off.
Touchscreens are a friend and a foe. On the one hand, touchscreens have completely revolutionized gadget design. On the other, they can get be a germaphobe's worst nightmare. Using a chemical found in paint, scientists say touchscreen devices coated with it can rid themselves of grime.
We've been waiting for something like this for a long time. Developed by Tactus, the touchscreen is able to conjure up physical bump-like buttons as if by magic. It's pretty nifty, and there's a video of the tech in action.
Microsoft has come up with a new way for you to use your smartphone — while it's still in your pocket. Prototypes of the system use a touch panel on the back of a phone so that both the front of the back can read gestures, and are sensitive enough to detect inputs through all sorts of fabrics, thick and thin.
It's not easy to get get excited for a printer, unless it's a 3D printer, in which case we're running around the room screaming our heads off. But Artefact's "See What You Print" concept is so ingenious, it makes us wonder why nobody's thought of it already. Instead of prepping photos and prints on your computer screen and then sending them to a printer, the SWYP actually shows you exactly how a print will appear on paper on its screen. Using its touchscreen, you can even arrange elements in various layouts. Something like this could seriously revolutionize print media.
The last few years haven't been kind to Nokia, a company that's had its lunch eaten by pretty much every other smartphone maker as its continued churning out cheaper phones for the developing world. But it's looking to get back in the smartphone game with the N9.
Touchscreens are great, but you do feel like you're losing something without being able to really feel the icons and buttons on the screen. That's not the case with this new prototype screen from Kajimoto Labs at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications.
Touchscreens get a bit less useful in the winter, when gloved fingers are unable to manipulate their glowing controls. You could buy some expensive gloves with nubs on the fingers able to activate a touchscreen, or you could just make em yourself for cheap.
Touchscreen devices are vital to Apple's plan for world domination, so naturally it'd try to secure as many touchscreen panels as possible. According to DigiTimes, Apple's such a hog on the glass that RIM was unable to get enough to produce sufficient amounts of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.