Posts Tagged ‘touch screen’

eBook Users Have No Regrets

February 5, 2010

It seems that those of us who have already mode the move to electronic books are very well served indeed by them, apparently regardless of the hardware options.

Indeed, word comes via RegHardware of a survey from industry analysts NPD that those who’ve sprung for ebook reading hardware are very pleased indeed with their purchases. Apparently, 93% of those who’ve picked up an ebook reader fall into either the “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” camps in NPD’s research. Perhaps more interesting still is the fact that only 2% of those surveyed actually said that they weren’t satisfied with their devices.



Product Spotlight – Garmin Nuvi 200W

February 4, 2010

Good afternoon folks, hopefully it’s been a good week so far for those of you out there in internet-land. As those of you who’ve read the blog for a while now will know, we like to post up one product every week or so that someone in the office has taken a particular shine to. It’s basically a space where those of us working in the office can recommend a product that we’re using ourselves for those of you who might be looking for something similar.

Click through to check out our page for Garmin's Nuvi 200W 🙂

Anyway, this week our spotlit product is Garmin’s Nuvi 200W. It’s a relatively straightforward GPS that does just about everything you need it to, without overloading on features, so it’s not weighed down in terms of bulk or cost. Essentially, it’s that fact that makes it so attractive. It’s not going to bury you in features, but it should give you just about everything you need without breaking the bank… moreover, it looks well.


MSI to Hit Tablet Bandwagon

February 1, 2010

It seems that announcements of new tablet PCs are still coming in thick and fast, with MSI expected to release its tablet offering in the second half of this year.

It certainly looks nice, though that border is a bit wide...

Indeed, it seems that MSI’s device will be running Google’s Android OS, which is in keeping with Apple’s decision to run with its iPhone OS… so we could well be moving towards a world in which more tablets run mobile operating systems, rather than more resource-hungry desktop OSes. Indeed, Dell’s soon to be released Mini 5 tablet runs Google’s Android too. Still, there are plenty of Windows XP-based tablets out there.


Wall of Touch… Not as Creepy as it Sounds

January 20, 2010

Air traffic controllers may well be on strike in Dublin today but in the future such delays may be a little easier to handle as passengers might be able to wander over to their nearest HP Wall of Touch to check out the news, view offers from generally over-priced airport vendors (‘really, just €9 for a tuna sandwich… count me in!’) and, of course, keep up to date on flight info and even social media updates.

The Wall of Touch... a frankly creepy name for a decent idea

HP are about to launch their first Wall of Touch – a pretty huge grid of screens driven by its Z800 workstation – in Houston Airport and, should it make a decent impression, models costing anywhere between $2,000 and $100,000 will be available in the next few years. Air travel is just one of the markets HP has its eye on though with HD video conferencing a very tangible target as well.


Apple to Launch Touch-Screen iMac?

January 18, 2010

Rumours have surfaced about Apple, though for once they’re not about a new iPhone or the seemingly-imminent announcement of a new tablet device.

Indeed, this time, it seems as though just about everyone is convinced that Apple is to launch a touch-screen 22-inch version of its iMac all-in-one desktop. According to DigiTimes, Apple will see the production of the machine itself handled by Quanta, while Sintek Photronic handles the touch-sensitive display panels themselves.


Apple Tablet to Ship in March

January 5, 2010

With the vague rumours finally starting to solidify, it seems that Apple is pegged to ship its by-now entirely unsurprising tablet offering, tentatively referred to as iSlate by some, in March.

Word comes from a Wall Street Journal report that describes the device in terms far more concrete and intimate than just about anything else we’ve seen on the Apple device that, until recently, many had been saying would forever be vapourware. The report indicates that we can expect to see the product boast a 10-inch form factor and ship at some stage in March, which is, in the grand scheme of things, quite soon indeed.


OLPC Shows Off Gorgeous Tablet

December 23, 2009

The crowd behind the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has never been one to shy away from big challenges, but the news of its latest device is audacious even for a company with a penchant for the incredible.

If nothing else, it's a gorgeous device.

When the OLPC project was first announced, there was no shortage of dissenting voices, essentially telling anyone willing to listen that the project would be doomed. Years later, the OLPC project is still going strong, but now they’re showing off a concept for an OLPC tablet that maintains the vaguely toy-like qualities of the original and introduces some genuinely interesting new technology to the mix.


Crunchpad To Debut Today

December 7, 2009

One time TechCrunch tablet design partner, Fusion Garage, has announced that it will be showing off the device that was once to bear the moniker “CrunchPad” for the first time without the assistance of the folks from TechCrunch.

Word comes from TomsHardware that Fusion Garage is to debut the now nameless tablet later today, after word emerged last week that Fusion Garage would effectively be dumping TechCrunch as soon as the development process for the tablet device was finished, with TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington making a long and detailed posting to the site to say that the CrunchPad was “dead” and outlining that it had been killed by “greed and jealousy.


CrunchPad Dead-on-Arrival

December 1, 2009

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington had been pushing the idea of a low-cost web-browser-only touch-screen tablet device, called the CrunchPad, for a couple of years now, but word has arrived today that the pad is officially dead.

According to Arrington’s own report on the situation, the CrunchPad project had been proceeding according to play until the point when the “entire project self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.” It seems from Arrington’s own report that the company responsible for putting together the CrunchPad had decided to move on without Arrington, and hence TechCrunch’s, involvement.


HP Touts Touch-Screen Win7 Display

October 22, 2009

For many, Windows 7 seems to be a working replacement for Windows Vista, but it does add an awful lot, including a feature called “Touch Pack” that allows reliable integration of touch-screen displays with the OS.

HP Logo

For those already using touch-sensitive displays (and HP has been marketing them on machines like its TouchSmart for a few years now) the addition of the Touch Pack to Windows 7 will be welcome news indeed. One of the biggest problems with touch-sensitive displays is that different manufacturers had different ideas about how their functionality should be employed in Windows itself.