Sharp's Innovative Touchscreen Can Scan Documents

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  1. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    It's not enough for screens display words and pictures anymore; now they can respond to touch, and thanks to a new development from Sharp, scan documents as well.

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    A new LDC includes the ability to not only be a touchscreen, but also has an optical sensor is built into each pixel. This takes away the need to bond a film to the panel for touchscreen functions, but also opens the door for more than just simple taps on the screen to be recognized.

    The technology reduces the need for films, making for better screen clarity. It also responds to multi-touch scenarios, enabling more complex interactive actions.

    The optical sensor that is embedded into each pixel of the LDC panel also allows for scanning of documents and fingerprint recognition with fewer components.

    The first generation of this technology will be a 3.5 inch screen that has a 320 by 480 pixel (HVGA) resolution.

    Sample shipments of Sharp's LCD will begin this month, with volume production slated to start next spring. No devices have yet been named that would take advantage of this technology at this time.

    More information is available on Sharp's web site.

     

     
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  2. Wail

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    Would love to see this implanted into a PDA ... put a business card on the screen and it would scan in all the details into Outlook! Way too cool and useful.
     
  3. r0k

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    definitely a must have. screens would need to be at least the size of business cards, alas today's treo screen sizes wouldn't work for this. but an iphone and many windows mobile smartphones would do well with this.

    of course i'd like to see this on a palmos pda as well, but there are a few things i'd like to see palm catch up with before moving on to this feature.
     
  4. Adama D. Brown

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    Okay--cool.
     
  5. Timothy Rapson

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    When I first read about this a short while ago I thought it must have come from the Onion, fake news online magazine.
    This is so 25th century it is hard to grasp. The demo mockup is also perfect. The screen goes nearly to the edge of the device. Make an iPhone with WVGA, all screen 5 inches by 3 inches half an inch thick with a 3 MP camera on back and Open Office and I would pay anything price they asked.
     
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    I just measured a business card on my T|X and it fits mostly. Just about 3/16 of an inch too short.

    The new HP 211, however has the extra length to fit a business card comfortably.

    I would not want this feature on the standard PDA however as that would be expensive.
     
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    What an age to live.

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  8. berylrb

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    yep, ain't that the truth, i'm still waiting for that device that can project from a PIM or PDA or Smartphone into the air, whoa nellie, holosuites here we come!:eek:
     
  9. Antoine Wright

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    I have to admit, I think this is pretty cool as well. There are some immediate applications of this such as business card scanners, but even more in fingerprint authentication, touch-based apps, and even credit card scanning. The only question I have is of the power draw and if this is something that could be integrated with eink/oled displays to really keep it as a usable piece of tech.

    Science fiction is being proved truer every week it seems.
     
  10. Ed Hardy

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    The idea of scanning a business card is pretty cool, but this is something already possible with a mobile device's built-in camera. I just wish it was more widely available.

    That's why I think the fingerprint scanning ability is more important. I'd like to see many more devices secured with biometrics. It's much easier than passwords.
     
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