Currently, multi-touch displays can handle no more than two fingers at the same time, but what if you have up to four people who want to use the same device at the same time? Panasonic might have the answer. It has developed a plasma-based touchscreen system that will register up to 4 touches simultaneously. There is one caveat which is that a pen has to be used for the input. As a result, Panasonic is marketing this display for devices to be used in schools or for business presentations. At school, this might come in handy as kids love to touch things and with this display, those touches won' register on the screen. And for business use, the pen is perfect for making handwritten notes.
The pen allows you to draw and write in different colors and words you write can be recognized and converted into an easier to read font. The first model is 65 inches with 85 inch and 103 inch screens being developed. To put things in perspective, a 103 inch screen would be like having an interactive wall in your house. Might as well put away your money for now as pricing as not been announced. The 65 inch screen will launch in July. By 2015, Panasonic expects demand for these kind of screens to reach 350 million screens by 2015.
Very awesome idea, now they need to shrink it down a little bit and make it usable on tablets and phones alike. Once they do that, man panasonic could corner the truly multi-touch screen market easily.
7.tedkord(Posts: 10915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
For what would you need more than two touches on a phone or tablet? Also we need to consider power requirements and brightness - plasma generally is more power hungry and dimmer than LCD/LED. Those are both concerns on portable devices. (Unless there have been advances in plasma that I'm not aware of. Very possible as I don't really read up on that)
8.Fallout09(Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I would really like to see these in the classroom. Schools could really benefit for this kind of tech. I remember the days were you had to roll in the projector or tv to watch a video. Chalkboard/Video display combo is a 1, 2 KO Punch.... Think of the interactivity you can do with this by wifi linking all the tablets schools bought last year... the possibilities are endless. Kudos Panasonic
Since multiple phones can already register more than 4 touches at the same time, what makes that aspect notable? I think the best part of this technology, is how multiple people can connect and work with a single screen.