Sharp Releases Notebook PC with Optical Sensor LCD Pad

April 21, 2009

Sharp Corporation will release into the Japanese market a new notebook PC employing an optical sensor LCD for the touchpad. Its new touch-sensing recognition method allows handwritten input and intuitive direct-touch operation.

The 4-inch optical sensor LCD pad in this notebook PC is more than just a conventional track pad thanks to its new touch-sensing recognition method: in addition to conventional mouse operation, it allows pen-based input of drawings and text, as well as multiple-finger-touch operation (gestures) to enlarge, shrink, or rotate items on the screen.

For example, users can sign their name to an on-screen photo before e-mailing it, or they can use two fingers to zoom in and out of Internet Web sites to make them just the right size for viewing. Unlike regular touch panels, Sharp’s optical sensor LCD pad requires no touch sensor or protective film, so illustrations and photos are crystal clear. And the large effective operation area allows for more freedom of movement.

In the future, Sharp will expand the possibilities for its notebook PCs by developing software that makes the most of the optical sensor LCD pad.

Major features include:

1. World’s first optical sensor LCD pad allows both pen-based input and multiple-finger-touch operation.

2. Screen background and menu icons of the optical sensor LCD pad, the back of the cabinet, and other elements can be customized.

3. Comes with proprietary software for enjoying and games with pen- and finger-touch operation.

Source: Sharp

Explore further: Sharp Introduces 3D LCD Color Monitor that provides a stereoscopic display

Related Stories

Sharp Installs Second Production Line for Large LCD Panels

July 28, 2004

In response to expanding demand for large LCD panels for LCD TVs, Sharp Corporation will install a second production line for large-format LCDs within the Kameyama Plant, in which the company will start operation in August, ...

Mitsubishi 3D Touch Panel Demonstrated

March 13, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- A prototyped capacitive touch panel was demonstrated by Mitsubishi Electric Corp at the Interaction 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The 3D touch panel can detect not only x- and y- coordinates but also its z- coordinates ...

Recommended for you

Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data

August 29, 2016

In making decisions about infrastructure development and resource allocation, city planners rely on models of how people move through their cities, on foot, in cars, and on public transportation. Those models are largely ...

How machine learning can help with voice disorders

August 29, 2016

There's no human instinct more basic than speech, and yet, for many people, talking can be taxing. 1 in 14 working-age Americans suffer from voice disorders that are often associated with abnormal vocal behaviors - some of ...

Apple issues update after cyber weapon captured

August 26, 2016

Apple iPhone owners on Friday were urged to install a quickly released security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by cyber arms dealers.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.