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Apple Display Patent Uses Infrared Light to Detect Touch Pressure

A simpler method of measuring how hard children are jabbing their fingers at the "BUY" button inside tawdry free-to-play applications may be on the way from Apple, after patents for a new pressure sensitive touchscreen were unearthed. Read More >>

tablets
Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps

There's a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies with a concentration span shorter than Vine video. To bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can interact with apps on a touchscreen tablet. Read More >>

gadgets
A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need to Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI —-that the driver doesn't need to look at. Read More >>

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Corning's Going to Start Making 3D-Shaped Gorilla Glass

Gorilla Glass, Corning's enormously sturdy scratch and crack resistant touchscreen glass, is pretty impressive, found on billions of devices worldwide. Now, the glass maker has announced a novel manufacturing technique to make 3D shapes out of Gorilla Glass. Read More >>

displays
Floating Touchscreen Displays Keep Cash Machine Screens Invisible To Others

If this next-generation display technology developed by Asukanet ever gets past the concept stage, the days of huddling over a hole-in-the wall to block your balances from prying eyes could be over. With a viewing angle of just plus or minus 20 degrees, the Aerial Imaging Plate has a very specific sweet spot that ensures your private info stays private. Read More >>

research
Disney Lets You Feel Textures On a Touchscreen By Zapping Your Fingers

In an attempt to give touchscreens another level of interactivity, researchers at Disney have come up with a remarkable way to generate tactile feedback as fingers slide across a smooth glass display. And all without deforming or changing the shape of the display in the process. Imagine a touchscreen keyboard where you can physically feel every key and you'll realise the potential of this research. Read More >>

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You Can Turn Any Surface Into a Touchscreen With a £100 App

Ubi Interactive and Microsoft have been working together to develop software which can—with the addition of a Kinect and projector — turn any surface into a touchscreen. Now, you can buy the app that powers it for £100. Read More >>

robots
A Robotic Moving Touchscreen That Touches Back

Microsoft Research has come up with a clever way to let users actually feel what they're interacting with on a touchscreen. And it doesn't involve complex finger contraptions, or bulky gloves. Instead, the researchers simply installed the display on a robotic mount that moves in response to where and what is being touched, simulating an interaction with what's on-screen. Read More >>

design
Pinch to Zoom Is Literal On This Elastic Touchscreen Display

We spend a lot of our time running our greasy little fingers over all kinds of touchscreens, but they just sit there unmoving as untouchable blocks of colours dart around beneath the surface. The Obake display isn't quite so lifeless, and it's just begging to be poked and prodded. Read More >>

research
Turn a Printed Page Into a Touchscreen With This Brilliant Concept

Realising that the oft-promised 'paperless office' may never actually come to fruition, researchers at Fujitsu are working on a backup plan that gives printed documents similar tablet-like touchscreen functionality. Read More >>

accessories
AnyGlove's "Secret Goo" Turns Normal Gloves into Capacitive, Touch-Friendly Techno Gloves

Given that the UK's chaotic new weather systems seem to involve us wearing gloves all the way up to September's surprise 110-degree heatwave, there might be quite a market for AnyGlove. It's a liquid you dribble on your wool-covered fingertips so soft fabric gloves work on a touchscreen. A much more elegant solution than poking your phone with a sausage. Read More >>

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The iPhone 5S Might Have an Even More Accurate Touchscreen

If there's one thing undeniable about the iPhone it's that its touchscreen is seriously accurate. That's bloody important when you're smashing through texts at 100mph on that touchscreen keyboard, and probably why Apple's rumoured to be looking at a new, even more accurate touchscreen tech for the iPhone 5S. Read More >>

science
Secret Elixir Makes Any Glove Touchscreen-Friendly

By now it's almost impossible to find a winter glove that doesn't work with touchscreen devices. But if you've got a favourite pair that predates the iPhone, this AnyGlove potion will let you use them with a touchscreen display without having to resort to sewing conductive thread onto the fingertips. Read More >>

tablets
Knuckle and Fingernail Gestures Could Be Coming Soon to a Touchscreen Near You

For the moment, your arsenal of touchscreen gestures is effectively limited by the number of fingers you can use, a ten-finger gesture isn't going to be particularly helpful for most of us. New tech that can tell the difference between fingertips, knuckles, and fingernails however, could throw some more variables into the mix. Read More >>

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Do You Want Touch Typing On a Tablet Enough To Endure This Chorded Keyboard?

If tablets had one Achilles heel preventing them from personal computing dominance, it would be their awkward touchscreen keyboards. But the makers of the ASETNIOP keyboard think they've found a better alternative. An on-screen keyboard with just ten keys that lets you access every letter of the alphabet with multiple keypresses, like playing chords on a piano. Read More >>

research
Turns Out Magnets Are an Awesome Way To Use Your Touchscreen Devices

In addition to light sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, did you know most tablets and smartphones have a built in magnetometer? Its immediate benefit might not be obvious, but as this video demonstrates, it could let you use magnets to interact with your devices instead of boring old fingers or styluses. Read More >>

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