LG Producing Tesla Model 3’s Huge Touchscreen

With an incredible number of Model 3’s already preordered, Tesla is certainly going to need some help if they’re going to come close to filling the demand. According to Reuters, the first of the companies that may be on board to help get the Model 3 into production are LG, who will be making the huge 15-inch touchscreen information displays for the car.

This is a big deal for LG Display as with so many of the Model 3 already expected to be sold, the production of these displays should be a strong and stable source of income for the company, compared to typical consumer products such as TVs, monitors, and smartphones. Reuter’s anonymous source also stated that “LG Display is a sole supplier for the 15-plus inch centre display of Model 3”.  With no competition over the production of the Model 3’s display and its standardized nature, LG won’t have to work hard to stand out to do business, instead focusing on delivering a consistent and high-quality product.

There was no comment as to what prompted the move away from the unnamed provider of the displays used in the existing Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, but having an established display firm such as LG on side can be nothing but a good thing for Tesla, who are banking their future on the success of the Model 3, which already seems to be paying off.

Microsoft Finally Ship Enormous Surface Hub Touchscreens

When you think of a Microsoft surface product, the advanced tablet-laptop hybrid systems are likely what come to mind. Now, the newest and largest member of the Surface family is finally shipping, available in a large 55-inch version and a truly gigantic 84-inch version. Clearly, not something you can carry around in your bag, but with their prices starting at $8,999 and $21,999 for each version respectively, they aren’t for the average consumer either.

Under the screen, the Surface Hub sports fourth-generation Intel Core processors (i5 for the 55-inch and i7 for the larger model), with graphics options including the standard Intel HD 4600 graphics or an nVidia Quadro K2200 workstation card. Also included are 128GB of solid state storage, 8GB of RAM, four USB ports of which half are USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and gigabit ethernet. Weighing in at 105 pounds for the smaller model and a hefty 280 pounds for the larger, mounting is important for the devices, with Microsoft having shown the devices capable of being mounted on walls or stands as needed.

As for why the Surface Hub is useful, instead of a typical smart whiteboard and projector connected to a laptop, for one, it is a fully self-contained device with no reliance on an external machine. It also packs a number of built-in sensors that allow it to start up automatically when approached and integrated support for a number of business tools, including Skype conference calling, Microsoft OneNote and integration with other devices. It’s touchscreen also has amazing 100-point touch support, allowing a number of people to operate the Hub simultaneously.

The Surface Hub was originally planned to launch last year, however sales were reportedly delayed to allow for it to be manufactured on a broader scale. Whether it will catch on for businesses when far cheaper solutions exist remains to be seen, but the Surface Hub is an interesting piece of hardware. Just one question remains, does it play Civilization well?

Logic Supply Introduces New Fully IP65 Rated Industrial Panel PC

Panel PCs aren’t anything new, neither are rugged systems, nor effective ones – but the new Logic Supply UPC-V315-QM77 by IEI offers a unique combination of features, performance and ruggedness to withstand the harshest usage conditions. The entire system is fully IP65 rated which is rare for a complete system where it is rated to be fully water-resistant. This eliminating the worry of splashed liquids and even allows the system to be sprayed down for easy cleaning.

The UPC-V315-QM77 is completely fanless and isn’t just protected from water, but also dust, shock, and other contaminants. It comes with a 15-inch monitor built into an all metal chassis, featuring a front-faced camera, and programmable physical buttons beside a large range of connectivity options. The rugged system isn’t just IP65 rated, it is also MIL-STD-810F certified to resist shock and vibrations from industrial machinery, equipment, and vehicles. It even withstands extreme temperatures and is rated to work in operating temperatures between minus twenty degrees and plus sixty degrees Celcius.

The 15-inch screen features a 5-wire resistive touch interface that is ultra-responsive even when used with gloved hands. It offers a 125-degree viewing angle from left to right and a 140-degree top to bottom. The Brightness is rated for 400 cd/m2 and the contrast comes in at 700:1.

Inside the system, you find either an Intel Celeron, Core i3 or i7 processor and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM memory. The chipset is a QM77. Expansion wise you can get it with both SSDs or mechanical HDDs with up to 2TB capacity and you can also expand with mSATA and PCIe Mini Cards.

Connection wise you get two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports as well as four serial RJ45 ports (3x RS-232 and 1x RS-422/485). There are also two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports next to the D-Sub VGA and HDMI ports for extra monitors.

The monitor is VESA mountable right as it is and comes with screws for this included. You also get an IR remote and four RJ45 to DB9 COM port cables to attach controllable machines.

As for price, the system starts at $2012 in its basic configuration and can go up to $3328 when fully equipped with the best CPU, 1TB SSD, operating system, expedited build and extended warranty.

Raspberry Pi Releases £48 7-Inch Touchscreen

After two years of development, the official Raspberry Pi touch display has been released today. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has commissioned Inelco Hunter to produce the screen, which boasts an RGB 800×480 display at 60fps, 24-bit colour, FT5406 10 point capacitive touchscreen, and a 70 degree viewing angle, and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, Raspberry Pi Model B+ and Raspberry PI Model A+.

The touch display connects via a 15-way FPC connector, while the rear of the screen has mounting holes to attach the Pi. The screen and the Pi can be powered through the board’s GPIO port, or though the microUSB port, with the display connected though a DSI port.

The Official Raspberry Pi Touch Display is available from the official Swag Store, as well as from RS Components/Allied Electronics or Premier Farnell/Newark – with shipments available from other sellers later this week – for £48/$60, not including shipping and tax. For an extra £10/$15, customers can buy a coloured frame for the touchscreen, available in tangerine, coupe, royale, noir, flotilla, and jade (or orange, red, blue, black, light blue, and green to you and me).

Full technical specs and a history of the touchscreen’s development are available on the Raspberry Pi blog.

Mozilla Firefox 40 Released

Firefox’s existence has been somewhat rocky over the past few years, from the browser market becoming more competitive with the increased competition from Google Chrome to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, to the irritated reaction from Mozilla’s CEO who has rallied against Windows 10 over how consumers select a default browser.

So what does the latest incarnation of Firefox have in store for consumers? Well, Firefox 40 is out today (11th August 2015) which sees mostly under the hood improvements. These include enhanced compatibility with Windows 10, although previous versions do work with the new OS, this is more moving the browser in line with touchscreen devices and includes “close” buttons on tabs which are now bigger and the address bar also has bigger fonts. It has also revised tabstrips and toolbars plus a custom Windows 10 theme.

Other key changes include an improved and expanded malware detection feature in Firefox, which is able to identify malware downloads in all supported platforms as well as warn users about potentially unwanted software. Users can also receive suggested titles in the new tab page based on categories Firefox matches to browsing history. Improved scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance with off main thread compositing (GNU/Linux only) and a Graphic blocklist mechanism improved: Firefox version ranges can also be specified, limiting the number of devices blocked, and smoother animation and scrolling with hardware vsync (Windows only)

Warnings for unsigned extensions will be displayed and they’ll be blocked completely in Firefox 41

As for security, the below image illustrates what has been fixed in Firefox 40,

This update will be rolled out within the next day or so within the standard methods, Firefox might also need to revise the new version naming, otherwise it won’t be long before we reach Firefox 100 and above.

Thank You Firefox Notes for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Fanpop

Pop-Up Tactile Keyboard for Touchscreen Devices Developed

Forget haptic feedback: for a truly tactile typing experience, Tactus Technology has developed a physical keyboard that literally rises from the surface of a touchscreen.

Tactus’ product, Phorm, is a case that fits around an iPad Mini that covers the tablet’s screen with a thin, transparent veneer. When a switch on the back is activated, microfluidics are pumped into the veneer, causing convex touchpads to bubble up exactly where each character on the iPad’s keyboard would appear. This provides the user with a tactile, physical keyboard that indents when pressed.

The technology is still in its infancy, but Tactus hopes that Phorm will act as the prototype for integrated tactile touchscreens. Phorm is available for pre-order from the Tactus website, priced $99.

Source: Gizmodo

Review: Samsung SUR40

Samsung and Microsoft have collaborated to create the latest piece of science-fiction technology that has moved from fiction to reality.

One of the most wonderful things about living in an age of accelerating technological advancement is being able to witness the stuff of science fiction becoming a reality. Things that once only existed within the universes of Philip K. Dick and George Lucas are now readily available to buy. From mobile phones to robots, it appears that nothing yet has been so fantastical to not have become an eventual reality. The latest of these fictional technologies to come to fruition is the touchscreen table. Originally confined to alien motherships, this revolutionary unit can now be installed in your own living room.

A Multitude of Uses 

The beauty of the Samsung SUR40 is its variety of uses. The first thing that springs to mind is casino games. Gambling at top online casinos is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with a variety of casino favourites being digitalised and placed within virtual playgrounds for your enjoyment. These websites offer authentic and polished versions of casino classics, such as blackjack and poker, and you can find examples of these games and casino reviews on the Casino Shorts website. Often you can play these games for free, so it seems an irresistible opportunity to blow them up and play them for replica casino bonuses on the Samsung SUR40’s huge display. Imagine the fun of turning over these virtual cards, or pushing those digital chips, across an interactive table rather than through a mouse click. It will bring another dimension of realism to the online proceedings, whilst giving the whole affair a futuristic sheen.

Room For One More

The Samsung SUR40  measures an impressive 1095x704mm across its surface and is an equally imposing 736mm tall. An interesting note, however, is that the screen can be detached from the legs and placed upon a wall. Therefore, you can also use this impressive piece of kit as an interactive television screen. It is ideal for presentations and demonstrations. Another unique feature, not available on traditional tablets, is the ability of the SUR40’s touchscreen to handle multiple users. Therefore, if over breakfast someone wants to unwind playing a game and another wishes to check their email, the SUR40 is capable of having you both control a section of the screen.

In A Glass Of Its Own

The SUR40 screen is made using gorilla glass which is both scratch and shatter resistant. Indeed, the screen feels both sturdy and firm to touch and it proved impossible to exert enough pressure to feel that this was compromised. Another pleasant surprise was the lack of smudging, which is a massive issue with other similar devices. The display is crisp and clear, whilst the reaction to touch was the perfect mix of precision and sensitivity. However, certain displays revealed a fair amount of pixelation and the positioning of the scrolling app bar occasionally caused unintentional activation.

What A Screen

Overall, this is a solid and impressive product with the SUR40’s 40-inch 1080p multitouch screen  being unrivalled in the market today. Whilst we are not quite at the point where these real-life products are as seamless as their counterparts in Star Wars or others, everything is certainly moving in the right direction. Whilst the SUR40 does not come cheap, it is a multifunctional device that will continue to have further uses as more supporting apps are developed.

Apple Granted Patent for Hands-Free Gesture Control

Apple has filed a patent for a type of gesture control system that it is calling a “3D user interface”. The technology would allow users to control a computing device with body movements alone, with no need to touch a keyboard, mouse, or screen.

The patent diagram shows a person sat at a desktop computer, using hand and arm movements to a webcam to control the device, suggesting the technology is likely to be implemented on Apple’s iMacs, rather than popular touchscreen mobile devices iPhone and iPad.

Analysts for Global Equities Research even speculated that the gesture control system could be a part of a new gaming console or a new iteration of Apple TV.

Source: Time

Shuttle Launches X50V4 Outdoor AIO System

Shuttle has launched the newest version of their outdoor single touch PC for kiosk and digital signage use, the X50V4. While it is designed for information and service kiosks and similar operations, I can instantly see at least 10 places I could use this dust and water resistant All-in-One in my apartment, and another 10 if I had a house.

Following up on the widely available X50 V3, the V4 is now built with an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core processor. It supports up to three monitors with two being connected through the HDMI and D-Sub interfaces on top of the built-in 15.6″ panel.

The IP54 certified PC comes with both built-in microphone and webcam while being built fan-less and designed for 24/7 usage at operation temperatures between zero and 40 degrees. It has both an internal power switch and USB port to prevent anyone tampering with the setup in a public place, but also plenty of external connections with two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, LAN port and Audio jacks. There’s also WiFi available for it, of course.

The all-new Shuttle X50V4 is currently being distributed globally, so it should become available very shortly.

Thanks to Shuttle for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Shuttle

McDonald’s to Introduce Touchscreen Ordering in the US

By the end of 2015, McDonald’s hopes to introduce ‘Create Your Own Taste’ touchscreen ordering kiosks in 2,000 of its US restaurants. The touchscreen interface allows customers to customise their order; want a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, no onion, and Big Mac sauce? It’s yours, at the touch of a button, and without having to deal with a bitter server, resentful at the extra work you’ve foisted on them. The ‘Create Your Taste’ system features another bonus: once ordered, your food is brought directly to your table by a McDonald’s server.

McDonald’s hope to attract back the younger demographic that has slowly abandoned the restaurant over the last few years, the logic being, according to Bob Nibeel, a McDonald’s franchise owner, “most millennials would rather deal with a computer, iPad, iPhone than actually have interaction with another human being.”

Source: Engadget

New Version of Valve Steam Controller Comes With Analogue Stick

Valve is going forward with its Steam controller, making changes and releasing new and improved versions. Its latest sneak peek of the new Steam controller version which is currently in development shows that the controller comes with an analogue stick for the very first time, as seen in the pic below.

This new version is said to represent the third major design change shown to the public so far. The original prototype of the Steam controller revealed in September had fewer buttons and two large trackpads, along with a touchscreen. The second one show in January had its touchscreen removed and received two symmetrical sets of ABXY face buttons.

Valve is said to have avoided the analogue stick in previous versions because it wanted to replicate the controller experience using haptic feedback infused trackpads in the form of weighted electro-magnets. Either way, it is not currently certain if this will be the final version of the Steam controller or more changes are to be made before its release.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Eurogamer

Zmartframe: How To Make Any Monitor A Touch Screen For $130

The biggest complaint about Windows 8.x: I don’t have a touch screen. The biggest complain about touch screens: they are too expensive! The solution? Well apparently it is Zmartframe. Another interesting project has emerged on IndieGoGo which proposes to turn any old monitor into a touch screen device. If you’ve got a 19, 22 or 24 inch display with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio then you’re ready to get Zmartframe-d. The Zmartframe adds a touch-screen overlay to any existing monitor with a 17mm thickness, an 8ms response time and a 2mm accuracy. It may not be the best spec’d touch-screen panel in the world but it’s more than just a touch-screen panel. The Zmartframe also boasts a dual core Cortex A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage driven by Android to give you a fully functional touch-screen tablet with any old display.

While the project looks like it needs a bit of polishing, the idea is still neat. For $130 I think a lot of people will snap these up although a cheaper version without the Android hardware might be better placed to target PC users – sadly they do not offer this (yet). Be sure to check out the project page here to see what you think. Also check out the video below of the Zmartframe in action!


Source: IndieGoGo

Image courtesy of Zmartframe

Philips 231C5 23″ IPS Touch Screen Monitor Review


When Microsoft announced the imminent launch of Windows 8, one of the revolutionary aspects of the new operating system was its more streamlined integration into touch screen devices. Since that time we have seen touch screen capable notebooks and Ultrabooks swarm the market and the era of the touch screen computer has changed the way that many of us have interacted with our systems. For the most part, this interaction has been on mobile devices such as Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro Tablet and Intel’s range of Ultrabooks, however we have also seen a number of touch screen enabled AIO’s (All-In-One Systems) appearing on the market, however their appeal is not as great as that of mobile devices.

The reason for this general lack of interest is the relative performance that they have to offer in comparison to an enthusiast or gamer spec system and this is where the deciding point has been left for many users. Touch screen monitors are obviously not that new to the market, but up to this point there has not been that much of a strong appeal within the consumer markets, however since the launch of Windows 8, the interest in purchasing an after market monitor with touch screen capabilities has been growing at a steady rate.

Philips as some may or may not know are very closely related to AOC who produce some of the top gaming monitors that we have seen over the last year or so and with this partnership we have seen a range of monitors that almost covers each and every sector of the tech market. To broaden their product catalogue that bit more, Philips have been developing an all new multi-point touch screen LCD panel that offers up all the image clarity that we have come to expect from the brand, with the quality and precision that the Philips brand also has to offer.

Built in to a 23″ frame, the SmoothTouch 231C5 offers users a glorious 1920 x 1080 LCD IPS panel with a touch screen element added on the top. To set the 231C5 apart from other panels as well, there is not a stand as we would typically see, but instead a foot that extends out from the back of the panel, allowing the screen to either sit upright, or lay right back for easy use of the touch screen in design applications for example.

Included alongside the monitor Philips include a wide variety of cables including VGA and HDMI display cables, a USB3.0 lead for the touchscreen element, a kettle lead and AC adaptor, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and also a quick start guide and driver CD to install the drivers for the touch screen element of the display.

Mozilla Launches “Firefox For Windows 8 Touch” Beta

Part of the reason why Windows 8(.1) adoption has been quite slow, in my opinion, is because there has been a lack of adoption from software and hardware developers within the Windows ecosystem. Mozilla is the latest software giant to finally warm to Windows 8 as it launches its beta version of Firefox, designed specifically for touch enabled Windows 8 devices. Mozilla made the announcement late on Friday evening and the newly designed browser is optimised for Windows 8 touch devices with a bunch of new features including a tile-based Firefox start screen, pinch to zoom, one-touch swipe transitions and one-tap access to top sites, bookmarks and history. Mozilla’s listed features are as follows:

  • Full, Snapped and Fill views: These options let you chose if you want to view an app full-screen, or ‘snapped’ to a narrow region of the screen (typically to the left of the screen like a sidebar), or if you’d like your app to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area not already occupied by an app in ‘snapped’ state.

  • Visual Navigation: The big tiles on the start screen make browsing a more visually-rich experience and are easy to recognize and tap. The tile-based interface simplifies auto-complete and makes searching quick and easy.

  • Windows Share integration: Share a Web page or a piece of content from any Web page to any of your installed social networks.

PCWorld.com have already taken a look at the new touch browser from Mozilla and came to the conclusion that:

“There just aren’t many good reasons to check out Metro Firefox in its current state. The (very) basics are all in place, but here’s hoping the Metro Firefox beta gets some serious spit-shining before launching in its final form.” 

You can download the Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta and try it for yourself right here.

Image courtesy of Mozilla

Tablets, Laptops and Touch-Screen Laptops: What do you prefer?

The gadget market can be overwhelming for anyone who is trying to decide how to choose the best technology for his or her needs. The popularity of both laptop and tablet varies depending on which demographic we look at, as various groups of people want specific and specialized uses from their computer.

A laptop is basically a personalized and mobile PC. In recent years, as more people want to be able to use their technology while on the move, laptops have been designed to become as functional, powerful and to perform as well as a PC.

Tablets are still a new addition to mobile computing as they are smaller than a laptop and have easy to use touch-screen technology. They also weigh less, most have excellent cameras and they can connect to both WI-FI and 3G. The downside is that as a fully functional computer device, their abilities are limited.

Some niche professions have utilised applications built for Tablets to enhance and help with their work. Some design programmes are able to transfer software from the Tablet to a PC, while many people in the music business use apps while on the move for mixing and accessing virtual equipment that they would only otherwise find in a studio.

It is down to the individual to recognise what they need from their device before they opt for a Tablet, Laptop or Touch-screen Laptop.

We now have touch-screen laptops. Windows 8 was designed to provide an efficient touch-screen user interface. There is still a big question mark as to what the point is of a touch-screen laptop. The major plus point, is that once you get the hang of it, there are many shortcuts to be had, making work-life more efficient and the ability to choose and locate files much faster.

But arm-ache, filthy fingerprinted screens and complaints about flimsy screens that move around as soon as they are touched, makes the extra expense of a touch-screen laptop hard to justify.

For those of us who use our devices to play games and enjoy apps, technology has come a long way in the last two years and many games that were only available for PC’s and Laptops, have been updated so they are compatible with Tablets and touch-screens. Games such as Bingo, Casino games like Royal Vegas Top Online Casino, puzzle games such as Candy Crush and The Room, have all gained notoriety for being as user-friendly and reliable to play on Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s and Laptops.

Many will argue that the Tablet is for apps and fun games, a laptop is for more serious and hard-core gaming, while touch-screen laptops are for the wealthy and hi-tech folk.

It’s down to the individual to work out what they need from their device and then go for it!

Acer’s Launching $299 Touchscreen Chromebook Next Month

Chromebooks are a great alternative to your typical Windows or Mac OS powered notebooks, bridging the gap between Android based systems with online services and cloud based apps that allow manufacturers to keep functionality high and costs low.

Acer are now looking to set the bar higher with the release of their first touch screen Chromebook and the best part is that it will only cost $299. For that money you’ll get yourself an 11.6 inch HD LED display that features a 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel Celeron 2955U processors, a 32GB SSD and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The Chromebook is a breezy 2.98 pounds and measures in at 0.78 inch thick.

Acer claim the device will offer up to 7.5 hours of battery life, and will still offer common luxuries such as USB 3.0, HDMI out, SD card clot and a 10GB of Google Drive space.

With this kind of functionality and such a stunning price, we suspect this is going to be a popular choice when it goes on sale early next month.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

Rumour – Acer Preparing Touchscreen And 8GB RAM Chromebook

The most recent Acer C720 Chromebook

Acer’s Chromebooks have proved hugely popular thanks to their super low prices and their newest C720 Haswell-powered Chromebook has caught the attention of consumers once again. According to Chrome Story’s anonymous tip-off Acer is now preparing a touchscreen enabled Chromebook with 8GB of RAM. The specifications sheet, shown below, also reveals three other touch-screen Acer Chromebooks with different configurations of memory and SSD storage.

Pricing is given in Swedish Krona so is drastically inflated over the typical American retail prices. For example their C720 base-version costs 2490 SK which is $391, the U.S MSRP for that unit is $250 – meaning in Sweden it is 56.4% higher. By that logic the cheapest touchscreen model should cost $300 and the most expensive one $350 if we apply a currency conversion and divide by the 56.4% inflation of pricing in Sweden compared to the USA.

Production of these touchscreen Chromebooks is scheduled to begin in November so that they will be in stores and at online retailers for December and the holiday shopping season. Stay tuned for this one as it could be really interesting to see how really cheap touchscreen Chromebooks change the notebook market.

Image #1 courtesy of Acer and image #2 courtesy of ChromeStory

AnyGlove Said To Be “Revolutionary” Touchscreen Technology For Your Gloves

Since winter is almost here, some of us are confronted with the issue of using our smartphones with gloves. For those of you who want to use your smartphone outside with your favourite gloves, it appears that a product might just be a life saver.

AnyGlove is said to be a “revolutionary” touchscreen glove technological breakthrough. It comes in a 15ml bottle and contains around 550 drops that can be applied on almost any glove. Made in the USA, it is said to last as long as a couple of months or more, depending on the glove.

Having a look at the ratings and what people have to say, the theoretical point of view does not mix with the practical, since a lot of people are complaining that it does not work on their gloves or lasts as long as a day or two. However, most, if not all gloves stated not to work are leather/biker gloves and no actual feedback on it working or not with textile clothes. To be noted is that feedbacks sometimes do not  necessarily describe the product quality.

Whether it works or not, you just have to try it for yourself and see. For those of you who are willing to try it out, the AnyGlove can be found on Amazon at a price tag of £12.44.

ASUS Announce ET2301 AIO PC With 23 Inch HD Display, Haswell and GT 740M

All in On PCs can tend to be a little bit bland these days so it is nice to see someone “jazzing them up” a little bit. ASUS’ latest ET2301 AIO PC does exactly that and for an AIO its got reasonably impressive specifications as well as aesthetics. The design is centred around the 23 inch 10 point multi touch full HD display with IPS technology and ASUS SonicMaster Premium built in audio. The internals resemble a notebook, as the base in the picture  above shows, and this is largely because it uses “notebook hardware”. An Intel Haswell mobile CPU powers the whole system with some Nvidia GT 740M graphics to support, roughly equivalent to an Nvidia GT 640 DDR3 graphics card.

In terms of connectivity the device is also pretty high-spec. The ET2301 boasts 802.11 AC WiFi, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Gigabit ethernet and support for ASUS AiCharger II which allows up to twice as fast USB charging even when the PC is shut down. Finally ASUS include their “Ai Crosslink” technology allowing you to hook up a notebook or tablet PC with HDMI and USB cables and you can then use the ET2301 to control that device. Being a touch-screen device it is also worth noting that this device does run Windows 8 too.

Pricing and availability is currently TBA.

Image courtesy of ASUS

Sharp Introduce PN-K322B Touchscreen 4K 31.5 inch Monitor

Consumer 4K monitors are pretty rare right now and so far we’ve only seen the PQ321 31.5 inch 4K monitor from ASUS. Everything else that has been a 4K display is targeted at the TV market which means 30Hz operation only. Today Sharp have added to the consumer 4K monitor offering with their PN-K322B. This 4K monitor is quite unique in that it also offers touch screen functionality.

The specifications of the display are 4K-standard – 3840 by 2160 resolution with a 31.5 inch display size just like the ASUS monitor. The monitor is LED backlit while the touch interface uses 10 point touch. The profile is just over an inch thick at 36mm. The viewing angles are apparently capable of being viewed vertically but there is no specific mention of IPS. The outputs included are DisplayPort and HDMI and content is delivered by a single cable. Availability is from this autumn in the USA but there are no mentions of non-U.S availability or even pricing.

We will bring you more details as the product comes closer to launch.

Image courtesy of Sharp

Computex: MSI Display Core i7 Powered S20 “Slider” Ultrabook

Alongside MSI’s two Primo tablets it displayed its Core i7 S20 Slider Ultrabook. This device features a multi-angled slide screen with an attached keyboard. This allows you to choose between either a tablet or an ultrabook. The MSI Slidebook S20 has reasonably impressive specifications with an Intel Core i7 mobile, an 128GB mSATA SSD and a full HD display. It also boasts battery life of around 5 hours when being continuously used.

MSI’s choice of operating system is Windows 8 Pro but this will probably be upgraded to Windows 8.1 when that hits the market. Given the flexibility of the integrated Intel GPU this S20 Slidebook can also output at 4K or 2K resolutions. The screen features 10 point multi-touch and the whole product weighs in at just 1.16kg. MSI have provided a decent I/O set with USB, HDMI and a card reader. The MSRP for this unit is around $1200 and it has already been released.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Microsoft Slashing Windows 8 Device Retail Prices

Microsoft are on a full out assault when it comes to their touch screen mobile devices, not only to pick up the slack of a slow market for hardware but also to reign in the slow sales of their Windows 8 OS. This battle with the high street starts by slashing prices by anything from $100 to $350 at retail, obviously dependent on what model and while most are still super expensive, any price cut is something that is going to be welcomed by consumers.

Microsoft wants to see an increase in popularity and of course sales of laptops, notebooks and ultrabook with touchscreen interfaces and this is proving to be quite a hard sell given the popularity of laptops and other smart devices which already have touch interfaces taking up much of the market, making it harder and harder for manufacturers to sell the much bigger and more expensive (in most cases) laptop solutions.

The Acer Aspire 7 has gone from $1649 to $1299, Sony’s Vaio T Series 13 $1299 to just $999 and many others have seen cuts too and I’m sure the cuts will help them shift a few extra devices but I’m not sure if its going to be enough to pick up the pace to where Microsoft wants the market to go, although maybe the release of Haswell and Windows 8.1 could help stem the slow sales and breath some new life into the mobile computing market.


ECS Announce G24 AIO Touch Based Computer

CES today have announced their latest product to market; the G24 All-In-One (AIO) touch based computer with its elegant and innovative design.

With Windows 8 hitting the market more now since its initial launch, we’re finding partners and system integrators utilising the technology even more and designing products based around the OS. ECS have designed the G24 touch based computer with a edge-to-edge 23.6″ touch panel, 10 finger touch capability, realistic audio display and full HDMI functionality to give the user the true benefits of a Windows 8 PC.

The G24 is aimed at many markets, as you’d expect with a product of this nature, with a keen eye on the medical and health sectors with thanks to the large, high resolution touch friendly display. Other markets that ECS are aiming for are stores and shopping centres where they claim the AIO to be perfect for public information, promotion and advertising.

At the heart of the G24 is an ECS Thin Mini-ITX motherboard with various models from the Q7H2-TI, B75H2-TI, H61H2-TI and NM70-TI, all with full HDMI functionality and with the addition of a TV tuner kit (extra), the G24 allows the unit to be used as a second TV at home. Other capabilities of the All-In-One includes a hot swap bay on the right side of the display, allowing users to connect a 2.5″ portable hard disk drive to get their data whenever they need.

The G24 is VESA mountable, taking it from a PC to a fully fledged TV with the addition of the tuner. Aimed at having an elegant, entertainment unit for sharing, business and much more, the G24 really does put the words “All-In-One” into perspective.


No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but we should see these crop up very soon in retail and online stores.