Feeds

Firm grows multi-touch see-through 'skin' for gadgets

Make anything flat or curved touch-sensitive

Business security measures using SSL

Are you ready for an iPad that's curved to fit around your forearm? Or an LCD TV that's as interactive as an iPhone?

Displax, an off-shoot of Portuguese internet services company Edigma, reckons it can make these devices possible. It has developed what it claimed is the first multi-touch tech that can be applied to any material, flat or curved, opaque or transparent.

Displax

Displax's multi-touch skin: doesn't have to be stuck to something that's flat...

The sensor is even sufficiently sensitive, the company claimed, to be able to detect not only when you press it but also when you blow on it, opening up "new possibilities for future applications", Displax said. The mind boggles.

The system is straightforward enough. It's based on capacitive technology - the one used in the better-quality touchscreen devices - and uses a grid of tiny wires embedded into a transparent sheet that can be attached to the object you want to turn into a multi-touch machine. The sheet itself comes from a company called VisualPlanet.

Displax said its controller connected to a 50in sheet can track 16 fingers, though it expects the technology to be able to detect more digits in due course.

Displax

...or opaque

Displax is pitching the technology primarily at displays from 7in to 3m in the diagonal - it's an easy way to turn a standard LCD panel into a multi-touch device, it said - but it sees the system being applicable to a huge number of objects, from ordinary tables to large tellies, and shopping centre information boards and posts.

Right now, Displax is nearing the end of the technology's development with a view to bring it to market in Q3. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.