iPad vs. Kindle lighting test

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

See David Kelley of Wirestone demonstrate his prototype for building immersive retail experiences. As a customer approaches a product, prostate
the price tag, medicine
display and even the placement wall can all come alive with this integrated application. This was built using the Arduino Ping prototype mentioned in my previous post WPF Sonar application using Arduino and PING))) sensor

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Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

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At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

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At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

See David Kelley of Wirestone demonstrate his prototype for building immersive retail experiences. As a customer approaches a product, prostate
the price tag, medicine
display and even the placement wall can all come alive with this integrated application. This was built using the Arduino Ping prototype mentioned in my previous post WPF Sonar application using Arduino and PING))) sensor

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RFID & Arduino, infertility
originally uploaded by futileboy.

Working on a project that will use an RFID tag to unlock a secret admin mode of an application. More to come soon!

Recently, rx
illness I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

3M has two option currently in the works.

3M Display M2256PW

The 22 inch M2256PW which is currently slated to be released sometime in April, or the 19 inch C1968PW, which may or may no longer be available any longer.  I have one on my desk, but can’t find anything on the 3M site at this time. This is my favorite display since it support up to 10 touch points and is the most responsive of all the displays.  The glass screen is pretty reflective, but can be corrected with an antiglare coating.  The other down side, is price the developer kit for the 19” is $1499.

So aside from the 3M display being expense and impossible to buy it would be my pick.  However, because of those challenges I’d like to mention a few other great options.

The next display I’d like to talk about is the 21.5 inch HP Compaq L2105tm

c01879643

At $299.00 this is the best priced option available for multitouch.  It only supports two touch points and uses optical sensors in front of the glass.  This is the same technology that’s in the HP TouchSmart all in one systems.  The optical sensors can act a little wonky every now and then.  For example when rotating an image if your fingers cross the pass the beam then it can get confused with which finger is which.  Same is true if you put more then two fingers on the screen.  The HP supports VGA and DVI-D inputs.

The next display that I’ve found is the 21.5 inch Dell SX2210T

image

At $349.00 is a little bit more expensive then the HP, but it offers a few more features.  Unlike the HP, the Dell support HDMI along with the DVI-D and VGA.  It also has built in speakers, Microphone, Webcam and USB port hub.  From a value standpoint and as a replacement to an existing monitor I think the dell is a much better value.  The multitouch technology is the same optical sensor as in the HP.

Next up is the 23 inch Acer T230H

T230H-04

I haven’t had a chance to use this display yet, but it’s worth mentioning since it’s the largest available.  I found it for sale via Amazon for $378.00. No built in webcam or audio but it does support input from Analog (VGA), Digital (HDMI + DVI with HDCP).

So you’ve looked at all these options and you’re saying Ryan, I need something much bigger.  Well then there is an option for you.  Planer makes custom displays to order for your needs.  Go and check out their touchscreen technology option and have them build the display of your dreams.

Last but not least is a special shout out to Mimo monitors.  Their displays are not yet multitouch, but they are a true Windows touch based device and not a mouse input as many inferior products are.  If you just need to play around with single touch interface design then you can get one of their iMo Pivot Touch displays for only $179.99

There are also many great laptop and tablet PC option out there, but that’s another post.

David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone from Interact on Vimeo.

Our own David Kelley talking on camera at the MVP summit about Windows 7 touch technologies, store touch tags and their projects in the retail space

See David Kelley of Wirestone demonstrate his prototype for building immersive retail experiences. As a customer approaches a product, prostate
the price tag, medicine
display and even the placement wall can all come alive with this integrated application. This was built using the Arduino Ping prototype mentioned in my previous post WPF Sonar application using Arduino and PING))) sensor

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I wanted to see how well the iPad worked in comparison to the Kindle in different lighting situations. To be somewhat fair I tested the Kindle app on the iPad to the Kindle 2 device. You can see the results of my very unscientific test below.

The first test is a side by side in a well lit room

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Both devices fair well.  I still really like the Kindle screen for long term reading since it has a non-glare screen which can result in less eye strain.

The next test was in a dark room.

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Without a light the Kindle doesn’t work at all, cardiology
but then again neither does a regular book.

The next test was in direct sunlight

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The Kindle is the big winner here, but even though the photo doesn’t show it well, the transflective screen on the iPad is very useable in direct sunlight.  What is interesting is that it worked better with the sun shining right at it, over being just in the shade.

Photos by Todd Lucas

1 thought on “iPad vs. Kindle lighting test”

  1. Did you mean to say “the transflective screen on the iPad is completely useless in direct sunlight”? :-)

    That has been MY experience anyway, and I own both an iPad and a Kindle 2.

    Also worth mentioning that the iPad overheats VERY easily, so taking it to the beach or pool is quite problematic. Once the iPad reaches about 95 degrees, it gracefully shuts down. And then the screen really IS completely useless :-D

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