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,...
Exploring Some of the Innovative Touchscreen Technology
Touchscreen technology is found just about everywhere. Whether you are lounging at home, working in the office, or commuting to work, you probably have at least one touchscreen device within arm's reach. But the world of touchscreen technology is evolving, with companies producing some innovative new products. Today, we're going to explore some of...
5 Things You Didn't Know About Resistive Touchscreens
Resistive touch-sensing technology is one of the driving forces behind modern-day touchscreen devices. Today, we're going to reveal some fun facts about the technology and how it works.
#1) They Can Work with a Stylus
Unlike capacitive touch-sensing technology, resistive supports the use of a stylus. This means you can operate a resistive touchscreen devices using...
Diesel to Launch New Line of Touchscreen Smartwatches
Smartwatches continue to evolve with each passing year. Characterized by functions going beyond more than just timekeeping, they live up to their namesake of being "smart" in multiple ways. A typical smartwatch, for instance, may feature Bluetooth connectivity, apps, games, a camera, etc. Furthermore, a new line of smartwatches being developed by Diesel is...
New Prototype Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen Interface
You may soon be able to turn your wall, desk or any other flat surface into a touchscreen interface.
Researchers working at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new type of "nanotechnology" which they say can turn almost any flat surface into a touchscreen interface. Nanotechnology has become a hot topic as of late. It...
Touchscreen Technology: Where it's at and Where it's Headed
Touchscreen technology is found just about everywhere. From smartphones and tablets to smart TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and human machine interfaces (HMIs), the technology now encompasses many everyday products. While touchscreen devices have been around for decades, companies are already looking to push the boundaries on what's possible. To learn more about the future...
Optical Coatings for Touchscreen Devices
Touchscreen devices typically feature either resistive or capacitive touch-sensing technology. We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that resistive touchscreen devices identify touch by pressure, whereas capacitive touchscreen devices identify touch by measuring the chance in capacitance. While both methods can be used to correctly identify touch, there...
Apple Says 'No' to Touchscreen Mac
Apple has been rumored to be working on a touchscreen iMac, which as many people already know would be a first for the company. Ever since the first-generation iMac was released, it has used conventional input through mouse and keyboard. This is in stark contrast to many of its Windows and Android competitors, which...
Infrared Grid Touchscreens and How they Work
Whether it's a smartphone, tablet, human machine interface (HMI), etc., most touchscreen devices feature either resistive or capacitive touch-sensing technology. Resistive touchscreen devices work by pressing an upper and bottom layer together; thus, creating a point of contact that's used to identify the user's touch command. Capacitive touchscreen devices, on the other hand, work...
Columbia University Develops Flexible Touchscreen Surface
Researchers from Columbia University have developed a new flexible touchscreen surface.
Ever wish you could access your smartphone, but without carrying around a bulky "phablet" sized device in your pockets 24/7? Sure you do! In today's day and age, a smartphone is no longer a luxury; it's a necessity. But the problem with many modern...