By Andrew Liszewski
Besides 3D, ebooks and media players, another popular phrase thrown around this year’s CES is multi-touch. And one of the more impressive pieces of multi-touch hardware I’ve seen so far is 3M’s new M2256PW LCD display. Using the company’s ‘projected capacitive technology’ the display is able to recognize up to 10 simultaneous touches, with a response time of less than 15 milliseconds. Now the response time is faster with less touches at one time, but even when using every finger on both hands the display is very, very responsive. I was expecting there to be a lot more lag, but it’s barely even noticeable.
Besides random doodles and sketches, the new 22-inch 1680×1050 pixel resolution display will let you interact with more real-world applications like the Autocad demo 3M was also showing at their booth. But let’s face it, I can’t think of 10 different things I’d need to do at once in a 3D application, or any app for that matter, so the technology seems better suited for larger displays where multiple people could interact with content on-screen at once. However the M2256PW will be available for sale sometime this year.