Are Third-Party Replacement Touchscreen Panels a Security Risk?
That's what some experts are saying. According to a study published by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, third-party touchscreen panels could potentially contain malicious hardware and/or software, allowing hackers and other nefarious individuals to access the device's data while performing other actions without the owner's permission.
For the study, researchers performed simulated attacks...
Study: Touchscreen Biofilms May Protect Against Germs
While invisible to the naked eye, germs are literally everywhere. From gas pumps and elevator buttons to vending machines and doorknobs, we encounter countless bacteria and viruses on a daily basis. Granted, some of these germs are harmless and pose no real risk to our health, but others are responsible for illnesses such as...
Google Dashboard Introduces New Touch-Friendly Interface
Originally launched in 2009, Google Dashboard offers a personalized overview of users' products and services and activity in a single convenient location. Using Dashboard, you can see how many emails you've received, what photos you've taken, select product settings and more. While Google Dashboard been touch-friendly for quite some time, the Mountain View company...
CVS Launches Touchscreen-Controlled Health and Wellness Vending Machines
One of the nation's largest pharmacies has announced plans to release touchscreen-controlled health and wellness vending machines in select locations. The new vending machines won't provide the same sodas and high-calorie snacks you find in traditional vending machines, however. Instead, they'll feature healthier snacks as well as personal care products and necessities. The general...
Study: Touchscreen Devices Trigger Impulse Buys
Millions of Americans use touchscreen-controlled smartphones. In fact, many people now favor such devices over traditional desktop computers. Touchscreen smartphones offer an unmatched level of convenience and versatility, allowing for on-the-go web searches, applications, communications and more. However, touchscreen devices may also prove beneficial for online retailers, as a new study found that shoppers...
BlackBerry to Launch Touchscreen Smartphone
TCL, the company behind BlackBerry phones, has announced plans to launch a touchscreen smartphone. Most people remember BlackBerry for its QWERTY-style phones and digital personal assistants. In recent years, however, BlackBerry devices have been on the decline, with consumers favoring newer and more modern touchscreen devices instead. In an effort to keep up with...
What is an Oleophobic Coating?
Whether it's a resistive or capacitive, nearly all touchscreen devices are manufactured with a protective layer covering the touch interface. Known as an oleophobic coating, it's the first layer of defense in protecting the interface from dirt, dust and other debris. To learn more about oleophobic coatings and the role they play in touchscreen...
Innovative Touchscreen Technology to Watch
Touchscreen technology has come a long ways over the years. While touch-controlled devices have been around for over half a century, the technology has improved in the years since. Today, touchscreen interfaces are found in homes, workplaces, retail stores, restaurants, cars and more. With that said, the technology continues to improve, with new devices...
The Scoop on Touchscreen Screen Protectors
Because of the fundamental way in which they work, touchscreen devices are a haven for fingerprints and smudges. This isn't doesn't happen overnight. After months of continued use, however, a typical smartphone or other touchscreen device will accumulate a noticeable amount of fingerprints. In some cases, the presence of these fingerprints will only prove...
Facebook to Launch Touchscreen Smart Speaker
Smart speakers have become one of the hottest consumer electronics in recent years. The Amazon Echo, launched November 2014, introduced the world to a new virtual assistant in the form of speaker. Using Echo, users can receive updates on traffic, weather, sports games and more. It even allows users to create reminders and notes....
What is a Touchscreen Sensor?
Statistics show that more than 1.3 billion touchscreen devices were shipped worldwide 2012. As more people continue to buy and use touchscreen devices, it's safe to assume this number has only increased since then. Whether it's a smartphone, tablet computer, desktop monitor, human control interface (HMI), etc., touchscreen interfaces are all around us. They...
What is a Capacitive Graphics Tablets
Also known as a digital art board or digital drawing tablet, graphics tablets are a popular tool used by professional designers. Featuring an embedded computer and interface that allows the user to draw images -- either with a finger or drawing stylus -- these devices have been around for over a decade. In the...
Rumors Suggest iPhone 8 Will Feature Touchscreen Home Button
The upcoming Apple iPhone 8 may feature a touchscreen home button, according to new rumors circulating about the highly anticipated smartphone.
In the past, Apple has mostly relied on a traditional physical home button. When pressed, the button takes the user back to the home screen (hence the name). However, Apple replaced the physical home...
Researchers Develop Light Bulb That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen
Touchscreen technology has come a long ways over the years. Today, you can find it nearly everywhere you look, including classrooms, offices, home, vehicles and even restaurants. But researchers are already looking for ways to improve touchscreen technology, including the use of projection systems that "project" touchscreen interfaces onto surfaces.
The general idea behind these...
Google Developing New Touchscreen UI for Chromebook
Google's Chromebook has become a popular choice for consumers who need more power than a smartphone but less power than a traditional laptop. Originally launched 2011, it features a Linux-based Chrome operating system that supports hundreds of apps. Up until now, however, the Chromebook has used a traditional interface that isn't particularly friendly for...
What is 'TapSense' in Touchscreen Devices?
Have you heard of TapSense technology? Some people assume this technology is nothing more than multi-touch, which as you may already know supports the use of two or more simultaneous points of contact. While TapSense shares some similarities to multi-touch, they are two unique technologies with their own respective function. So, if you're interested...
New Device Will Turn Your Desk Into a Touchscreen Interface
Touchscreen technology is slowly but surely finding its way into every aspect of our daily lives. In addition to smartphones and tablets, the technology is used in car infotainment centers, virtual assistant devices, human machine interfaces (HMI) and more. There's even a new accessory that's designed to turn a traditional work desk into a...
Are Surface Acoustic Wave Touchscreens the Next Big Thing?
That's what some market analysts are saying. While resistive and capacitive remain the two dominant forms of touchscreen technology, there's a growing trend towards the use of surface acoustic wave. So, what is surface acoustic wave technology and will it surpass resistive and capacitive in the years to come?
Surface Acoustic Wave Explained
Surface acoustic wave...
Armani Releases First Touchscreen Watch
When you think of touchscreen-enabled smartwatch brands, Armani probably isn't the first to come to mind. Nonetheless, the Italian fashion company has just launched a new touchscreen smartwatch.
Giorgio Armani and music icon Shawn Mendes have teamed up to produce a new touchscreen smartwatches as part of the Emporio Armani Connect line. While Armani has...
Apple May Soon Announce Touchscreen Siri Speaker
Originally released October 4, 2011, Siri is Apple's intelligent personal assistant. It uses voice queries and a natural language interface to perform a wide range of tasks, some of which include answering questions, notifying the user of reminders, performing online searches, providing updates on weather and news, and much more. Up until now, however,...
How Do Resistive Touchscreens Identify Touch?
Touchscreen technology has been instrumental in shaping the way in which we live. Whether it's a smartphone, tablet, appliances, human machine interfaces, etc., you can find the technology just about everywhere. While there are dozens of different types of touchscreen technology, the two most popular are capacitive and resistive.
If you keep up with our...
What is Projected Capacitance Touchscreen Technology?
If you're familiar with touchscreen devices, you probably know that resistive and capacitive are the two most common forms of touch-based technology powering such devices. Capacitive identifies touch by measuring changes in the electrical field (capacitance), while resistive identifies touch by pressing an upper and bottom layer together. Of those two, capacitive is typically...
Researchers Show Dolphins How to Use Touchscreen Interfaces
Humans aren't the only species in the animal kingdom that can use touchscreen devices; apparently dolphins can as well.
Researchers at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland showed bottlenose dolphins how to use touchscreen interfaces as part of the marine mammal communication and cognition project. Led by Diana Reiss from Hunter College and biophysicist Marcelo...
Essential Home Features a Touchscreen Interface
Essential's Android-powered smartphone the PH-1 has become a hot topic in recent weeks. Available for pre-order with a starting price of $699, it features some of top-tier specs with a modernized design. The PH-1 is the brainchild of a startup company called Essential. But Essential isn't limiting itself to strictly producing phones. The company...
Are Touchscreen Jeans the Next Big Thing?
Touchscreen technology has evolved beyond the confounds of traditional smartphones and tablet computers. You can now find touchscreen interfaces embedded in a wide range of products -- and there's even plans to make touchscreen jeans.
No, that's not a typo. Levi Strauss, one of the country's leading producers of denim jeans, recently launched an ad...
Google's Massive Touchscreen Whiteboard Now Available for $5K
Google has lowered the price of massive 55-inch touchscreen-enabled whiteboard to $5,000.
Known as the Jamboard, the Mountain View company first announced the product back in October. It features brilliant 4K display that supports touch-based input. The Jamboard isn't just an ordinary touchscreen display, however. It goes beyond the functionality of traditional touchscreen displays to...
The Scoop on Multi-Touch Technology
Touchscreen devices manufactured today typically don't support just a single touch, but rather multiple simultaneous touches. Known as multi-touch technology, it's become a common feature in smartphones, tablets and other touchscreen devices. To learn more about multi-touch technology and how it works, keep reading.
Multi-touch technology has origins dating back to the late 1960s and...
What is an Optical Coating?
Touchscreen devices have revolutionized nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Whether we are working or lounging around the house on our day off, we are probably exposed to touchscreen technology. The average home, for instance, contains more than half a dozen different touchscreen devices, some of which include smartphones, tablets, TVs, appliances and...
Why Smartphones Use Capacitive Touch-Sensing Technology
While there are always exceptions, most smartphones produced and sold today use capacitive touch-sensing technology. We've talked about this before, but it's worth mentioning again that capacitive is a type of touch-sensing technology in which a device identifies touch commands by measuring change in capacitance. You see, touching the surface of a capacitive device...
Amazon Rumored to be Developing Touchscreen Echo
The Amazon Echo was one of the hottest consumer devices of 2016. Developed by the e-commerce giant, Echo is relatively small at just under 10 inches tall. It features a speaker with various microphones and connects to Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant named Alexa. To use Echo, you say a wake word, such as Amazon,...