It’s hard to keep pace with the latest touchscreen technology. Just as you’re getting over one incredible device, something even more mind-boggling comes along.
From its humble beginnings, touchscreen technology has developed into an everyday convenience many of us can’t imagine living without.
The technology is constantly being innovated, making it more and more accessible, intuitive and versatile.
We’ve put together a list of four of the most amazing innovations that have been developed recently. Here’s our pick of the latest touchscreen technology…
Yep, you read that right. You can now spray a touchscreen onto any surface.
Possibly the most amazing of all the latest touchscreen advances, the spray – called Electrick – was developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
It’s made of an electrically conductive carbon-based material. When sprayed onto an object, it enables that object to conduct electricity. Electrodes are then applied to the object and the voltage measured at different points to track the movements of a person’s finger.
The spray can be applied to all sorts of objects, from plastic toys to furniture – even jelly.
Touchscreen jelly? The future is here.
Imagine a tablet that you could fold up and fit into your pocket…
Well, soon you might not have to. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a sensor which could make bendable, foldable touchscreen devices a reality.
The technology consists of a highly conductive gel sandwiched between silicone layers that can detect touch. The sensor is capable of detecting different actions, including tapping and swiping, even when it’s folded, bent or stretched.
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is reportedly already developing a phone with a bendable screen.
It seems we’re so obsessed with touchscreens, we even want to wear them.
Or so Levi Strauss & Co seem to think. The iconic denim company has partnered with Google to develop Project Jacquard, a ‘smart denim’ initiative.
Project Jacquard’s smart jacket has conductive fibres woven directly into the left cuff, making it touch-sensitive. The touch inputs are then sent to the wearer’s phone via a Bluetooth cufflink.
The idea is that you’ll be able to take calls, adjust music volume and get directions without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket.
The jacket is due to come out this autumn, and will cost a cool $350.
Electronics giant Sony has developed a projector that can turn any surface into a touchscreen.
It’s called the Xperia Touch, and Sony is hoping it will act as a ‘digital hub’ for families. It has its own user interface, which includes real-time weather, a calendar and a ‘memo board’ to doodle on.
You can access Skype, leave video notes for your family and friends and do all the things you’d expect to do on a tablet – all via a surface of your choice.
The latest touchscreen technology – a summary
We’re suitably wowed by all these incredible innovations – all of our wildest technological dreams seem to be fast becoming reality.
We can’t wait to see what the latest touchscreen technology makes possible next!