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Prediction: Kindle Touch in 2010 & Kindle Color in 2011

Posted by admin on February 23, 2010


Touchco multitouch screen

In the beginning of February Amazon bought TouchCo, a multi-touch tech company.

Features and specifications of the company’s technology are:

TouchCo Screen Features

  • Multi-touch finger tracking: Current trend is toward multi-touch interfaces
  • High-resolution pen tracking: Needed for high-end art/design/engineering applications
  • Pressure sensing / force imaging: Allows novel applications and more natural human-computer interaction
  • Low cost: Uses existing printing techniques and inexpensive electronics
  • Low power usage: Necessary for mobile applications
  • Scalability: Can be used on very small or very large devices
  • Flexible: Works on flat or curved surfaces
  • Can be transparent: For touch screens

TouchCo Screen Specifications

  • Thickness: 0.01″ (0.25 mm)
  • Speed: 60 Hz to 500 Hz
  • Resolution: 100 dpi* (254)
  • Power Source: USB
  • Power Usage: 1mA
  • Pressure Range: 5 g – 5 kg**
  • Production Cost: $10/sq. ft. in high volume
  • TouchCo Form Factors:
    • 21″ x 12″ large desktop sensor
    • 11″ x 8.5″ medium desktop sensor
    • 3″ x 2.5″ mobile device sensor
    • 14″ diameter large drum sensor
    • 8″ diameter small drum sensor

Thanks to this acquisition, Amazon will get a newer Kindle device with touch capabilities sometime this year.

In other way, Amazon’s Kindle display maker, Prime View International, promised flexible color e-ink touch displays in 2010. We can wait a touchable color e-reader in the begining of 2011.

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One Response to “Prediction: Kindle Touch in 2010 & Kindle Color in 2011”

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