Touchscreen Kleen Review

Fingerprints are the bane of modern life. You’ve got your beautiful new tablet, you show it to your friends and before you can say, “oleic acid”, there’s a horde of greasy smudges all over the screen. Aaargh!!!

Here at Geek News Central we’ve seen several solutions to this problem, from carbon-based wipes to fashion self-cling pads. Touchscreen Kleen adds to the portfolio: it’s a special-formulated spray combined with a microfibre cloth.

TouchscreenKleen Package

It’s pretty simply to use….turn off the screen, squirt some cleaning solution onto the microfibre cloth and polish the screen with the cloth. Job done.
And it really is that easy. I cleaned tablets, smartphones, LCD monitors and they all came up looking like new, completely smudge free. Very impressed.

The microfibre cloth is washable so if you have to clean a really dirty monitor screen, the grubby cloth can be washed before the next use.

Touchscreen Kleen is available in two sizes, 15 ml and 50 ml, currently on special offer at £3.99 and £5.99 respectively in the online store.

Disclosure – Touchscreen Kleen was provided for review by Screen-Kleen Ltd.

The Future of Touch Technology…From Disney?

As ubiquitous as touch screens have become over the past decade or so, the future of touch technology is right around the bend. Actually, it seems to be in Pittsburgh, PA, of all places. Even less expectedly, it can be found at the Disney Research facility there.

The new technology is a complex touch and gesture sensing technology called “Touché” that uses a Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique. This technique essentially allows for sensors to read a range of actions, touches or gestures, rather than the conventional, binary approach we see now with touch screens (basically, touch or no-touch).

In addition to reading complex touch actions over a range of objects far beyond our current touch screens (think doorknobs, furniture, appliances), Touché can also be implemented to read gestures.

As usual, seeing this new technology in action does far more justice than simple explanation.  Some of the examples are pretty impressive – controlling the music player on your phone or device through customized hand gestures. Some are just plain weird – teaching children how to eat cereal by sounding a buzzer when they use the wrong utensil (seriously, who came up with that one? That’s some old-school psychological conditioning right there).

The practical implications of this technology are fascinating. With the sensors used to capture gesticulations and touch interactions with virtually any object, this type of technology widely implemented could fundamentally change entire environments. Your door handle “learns” your touch. Your couch learns your entertainment habits and adjusts ambiance based on your posture. Heck, this stuff even works underwater.

Pretty impressive stuff from the folks that typically bring us cartoons and kid’s programming.

Nyxio VioSphere Splits your TV and PC

Nyxio is a new company that is looking to integrate your computer and your TV.  They have a product, the VioSphere, which literally splits your monitor screen into half PC and half television.  The VioSphere is a touch-screen monitor that has a built-in web-cam and microphone to allow you to video-conference while you are watching that big game on the other half of your screen.  It’s like the old picture-in-picture TV features, which allows you to watch both or go full-screen with one or the other.

It functions like an all-in-one PC with a DVD burner also built-in. While it runs on the Windows platform they also are partnered with Bluestacks to include Android apps as well.  It also comes with a wireless keyboard and built-in WiFi.  As for the TV end of things, it just takes a normal coax input.  The VioSphere comes in a wide range of sizes spanning 21″ (although their website states the low end at 32″) all the way up to 65″.  A price point isn’t given in the video, but you can learn a lot more info on the product.  You can also visit Nyxio online for additional information.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Wacom Computer in a Tablet

The latest from Wacom is a monitor that can be attached to a PC or Mac and become an interactive monitor for either operating system.  It allows any user to interact with the screen through a highly touch-sensitive pen, for drawing or writing on the screen.  This device turns a simple computer into a whiteboard, which is something used almost daily in the business world.

The new screens are 1920 x 1200, so they can display full high-def graphics and also display up to 92 percent of the Adobe color gamet.  This makes the screen, not only good for business, but also ideal for artists.

This technology doesn’t come cheap, but for the business user the price may not seem too steep at $2,599.  After all, it can replace several other devices and functions in an office.  You can see it in action in the video below and also visit their web site for more info.

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Verizon Touchscreen Jukebox

This year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Verizon unveiled something cool and unexpected – a touchscreen photo jukebox.  This isn’t what you would expect from the words “Verizon touchscreen”.  It’s actually a touchscreen jukebox with karaoke and a photo booth. all rolled into one large LCD screen.  The whole thing runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network so there are no wires involved in this setup.  It’s a plug-and-play setup.

TPN’s own Jeffery Powers stopped by the Verizon booth and got a first-hand demonstration of how it works.  The touchscreen allows for seamless scrolling through all of the music, but even better, you can snap a photo and immediately upload it to email, Facebook, or other locations.  The photo editor has multiple filters to allow the user to choose the exact photo they want.

Users may or may not like the fact that their video is also captured during karaoke, but that aside, the device is available right now, although it’s probably more for the bar than the home.  Users can even access the device from their phone, so there’s no need to walk over to the touchscreen.  Head over the Verizon Innovation site for more info.

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4iConcepts Invisible Keypad for iPhone

Everyone loves today’s touchscreen keyboards, right?  Okay, most people love them, but for some users they are a real struggle because of large fingers or vision problems.  That’s where the new Invisible Keypad from 4iConcepts comes in.  The Invisible Keypad is a clear overlay of the iPhone screen that works with a custom phone case to provide a path for your fingers to find the correct keys.  It’s a simple concept, but an incredibly useful one for those who need it.  It’s also one of those things that is hard to explain, but easy to grasp visually, so check out the video below to get a real idea of how this works.

In addition to the keyboard the case also features an “extendable” back to make it easier to grasp and better for things like gaming and photography.  The case and Invisible Keypad will be available in May for $29.95.  You can find out more by visiting 4iConcepts.

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ArtRage Painting Programs For Touchscreen Computers & iPad

ArtRage is a series of painting program for touchscreen computers, albeit with a twist. You can paint with actual paintbrushes! ArtRage 2 sells for $20 for Windows and Mac OS/X. ArtRage 3 Studio sells for $40 for Windows and Mac OS/X. ArtRage 3 Studio Pro, which contains additional features, sells for $80 for Windows and Mac OS/X. ArtRage is also available for the iPad.

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Visteon Combines Touchscreens With Tactile Feel

Jeffrey talks with Visteon about the future of touchscreen technology.  Visteon is merging today’s touchscreen with yesterday’s buttons and knobs.  You will see an example of a car dashboard that, no matter how good the description, you will probably just want to feel for yourself.  Imagine a touchscreen that gives the feel of turning a knob or moving a slider.  This is all probably next-gen stuff, at least as far as cars go, but the technology is being built into such things as touchscreen remotes and appliances today.  Visteon is doing a lot research and working with average consumers to get their ideas.

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