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Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen 111

alx5000 writes "Engadget has a story about Displax Interactive Systems, a Portuguese company that has created a new polymer film that, when stuck onto a surface, converts it into a multitouch touchscreen with up to 16 contact points. The article states that 'if all goes well, the first Displax-enabled wares will start shipping this July.'"
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Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @10:02AM (#31009116)

    The usefulness of touchscreens is truly overrated.

    I used to work at a pizza chain where we had to ring in orders using a touchscreen. They were the biggest pieces of shit ever. It'd take five or six taps to perform any action.

    Just last week I was at the airport, and ran into the same problem using a much more modern ticket printer station that used a touchscreen.

    I can't help but be very skeptical about this technology, given how poorly existing touchscreens work. And those existing touchscreens are just basic rectangles, in very predictable and controlled environments.

  • by Canazza ( 1428553 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @10:13AM (#31009240)

    one that can be taken off and replaced constantly without replacing the entire machine (or atleast a significant part, IE the whole display unit) would lower maintainence costs. This will likely be welcomed with open arms :)

  • by ElectricTurtle ( 1171201 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @10:13AM (#31009242)
    I mean really, this doesn't produce any image at all. Yes, you can put it over a monitor of some kind, but if you stick it on any other surface, it's not a touchscreen but a touchpad.
  • by mikael_j ( 106439 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @10:20AM (#31009318)

    It probably doesn't help that any touchscreen placed somewhere where the general public has access to it will be subjected to vandalism and stupidity in the form of people pouring liquids on it, banging on it and (in the case of stupidity) trying to jab it really really hard without checking if it's possible to, you know, just touch it lightly.

    As for the parent's comment about cash registers I'm willing to bet quite a few coworkers took out their frustrations with customers, the cash registers themselves and management on the cash registers (when I worked in tech support I had a co-worker who went through several mice per month since he would vent his anger by hitting his mouse with a closed fist, doesn't take long for a mouse to fall apart under those conditions).


  • by wowbagger ( 69688 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @11:43AM (#31010388) Homepage Journal

    I've been trying to find touchscreens to incorporate into an embedded system, and few of the touchscreen vendors have drivers for anything other than Windows - as such they get eliminated from my consideration.

    I've just check Displax's site, and a search for "linux" gives no hits - so either:
    a) They are just doing the actual sensing system, and letting somebody else build the actual interface chips
    b) They only support Windows.

    Which makes them a non-starter in my line of work.

  • by Emb3rz ( 1210286 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @11:52AM (#31010526) Homepage

    Reasons you would place a touch-sensitive device onto a static surface:

    • Identification of features (educational purposes)
    • Plotting (the vector kind, not the muhahaha kind)
    • Security interface?

    And there are plenty of other things you could use it for.. this is just a starter list. :)

  • Pot, meet Kettle. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AP31R0N ( 723649 ) on Wednesday February 03, 2010 @12:40PM (#31011308)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque [wikipedia.org]

    But then again, atheists should just be in the closet with the gays, right? Women should be grateful to stay at home and make us dinner.

    It's a sign of being a member of a privileged class when you take offense at an outsider speaking up for themselves. Women and blacks who wanted equal rights to men/whites were treated in much the same way. Those in power regarded activists as "uppity" and wondered "why are they so angry all the time?". Some of us are angry and sometimes rightfully so. That doesn't mean we all are. Just because some individuals are obtuse and belligerent doesn't mean you should misrepresent the whole. Otherwise, atheists might hold up folks like Haggard and OBL as examples of theists.

    Want atheists to be less outspoken? Treat them with the same respect you want (that sounds familiar, hrm). Or better yet, treat people like they WANT to be treated. Start with something minor like... knowing that atheism is NOT an ideology or even an actual group or movement. If someone says they are atheist... respond in the same way you would if they said they like to watch baseball. It has nothing to do with you. They can watch baseball, and you can watch football. It's not a zero sum game.

    Unless it's the first word of the sentence or in a book title, just leave it lower case.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian