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MC Hammer (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009052)

Oh no, they proved MC Hammer wrong!

But they proved Cypress Hill right (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31010062)

Who you tryin' to get crazy with ese? Don't you know I'm loco?

To da one on da flamboyant tip I'll just toss that ham in the fryin' pan like spam
Get done when I come and slam Damn, I feel like the Son of Sam

Don't make me wreck shit, hectic Next, get the chair, got me goin' like General Electric
And the lights are blinkin', I'm thinkin' It's all over when I go out drinkin'

Oh, makin' my mind slow That's why I don't fuck with the big four, oh
Bro, I got ta' maintain 'Cause a nigga like me is goin' insane

Insane in da membrane (Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane (Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane (Crazy insane, got no brain)
Insane in da membrane (Insane in da brain)

Do my shit undercover now it's time for the blubba
Blabber, to watch that belly get fatter
Fat boy on a diet, don't try it
I'll jack yo' ass like a looter in a riot

My shit's fat, like a sumo, slammin' dat ass
Leavin' yo' face in the grass
'Cause you know, I don't take a dulo, lightly
Punks just jealous cause they can't outwrite me

Or kick that style, wicked, wild
Happy face nigga never seen me smile
Rip dat mainframe, I'll explain
A nigga like me is goin' insane

Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Crazy insane, got no brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)

Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain

Like Louie Armstrong, played the trumpet
I'll hit that bong and break ya off somethin' soon
I got ta get my props
Cops, come and try to snatch my crops

These pigs wanna blow my house down
Head underground, to the next town
They get mad when they come to raid my pad
And I'm out in the nine-deuce Cad

Yes, I'm the pirate, pilot of this ship
If I get with the ultraviolet dream
Hide from the red light beam
Now do you believe in the unseen?
Look, but don't make you eyes strain
A nigga like me is goin' insane

Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Crazy insane, got no brain)
Insane in da membrane
(Insane in da brain)

Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain

Obligatory (2, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009056)

Think of the pr0n possibilities!

Japanese sexbots + touchscreen membrane = teh sex

Re:Obligatory (3, Funny)

tippe (1136385) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009500)

From TFA:

As the story goes, an array of nanowires embedded in the film recognizes your digits or pointed breath [...]

Except that I read "pointed breasts" ;-) [1]

Ah, how the mind has a way of making things up before you've had your first morning coffee...

[1] Presumably up to 16 of them. Now that's a party I'd like to be invited to (but probably never will)

Re:Obligatory (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009682)

Can I wrap this thing around my dick and expect grrlls to want to touch it?

Re:Obligatory (1)

flyneye (84093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011552)

Think of the portable computing and condom industries.
You can [blank] to your favorite [blank] with a broadband connection and not get messy with [blank] while controlling it with your crank.

16 contact points (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009086)

Oh great, so I can use all my fingers...elbows...uh, my nose...tongue?...WTF?

Re:16 contact points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009094)

Or just, you know, other people? Perhaps some sort of multitouch multiplayer game?

Re:16 contact points (0, Offtopic)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009400)

17 if you're a dude.

(side note: atheist is not a proper noun, so it should be capitalized only when it's the first word of a sentence or part of a book title) /atheist

Re:16 contact points (0, Offtopic)

Jhon (241832) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010534)

side note: atheist is not a proper noun, so it should be capitalized only when it's the first word of a sentence or part of a book title) /atheist

The great zeal with which many Atheists practice their believes (or lack thereof), I think capitalizing it is often appropriate.

Pot, meet Kettle. (1, Insightful)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011308)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque [wikipedia.org]

But then again, atheists should just be in the closet with the gays, right? Women should be grateful to stay at home and make us dinner.

It's a sign of being a member of a privileged class when you take offense at an outsider speaking up for themselves. Women and blacks who wanted equal rights to men/whites were treated in much the same way. Those in power regarded activists as "uppity" and wondered "why are they so angry all the time?". Some of us are angry and sometimes rightfully so. That doesn't mean we all are. Just because some individuals are obtuse and belligerent doesn't mean you should misrepresent the whole. Otherwise, atheists might hold up folks like Haggard and OBL as examples of theists.

Want atheists to be less outspoken? Treat them with the same respect you want (that sounds familiar, hrm). Or better yet, treat people like they WANT to be treated. Start with something minor like... knowing that atheism is NOT an ideology or even an actual group or movement. If someone says they are atheist... respond in the same way you would if they said they like to watch baseball. It has nothing to do with you. They can watch baseball, and you can watch football. It's not a zero sum game.

Unless it's the first word of the sentence or in a book title, just leave it lower case.

Re:Pot, meet Kettle. (1)

Jhon (241832) | more than 4 years ago | (#31014056)

You should actually learn what a tu quoque is -- the difference between formal and informal fallacies, and not just create a straw man.

knowing that atheism is NOT an ideology or even an actual group or movement.

Really? [huffingtonpost.com]

Or better yet, treat people like they WANT to be treated.

"At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds" -- Freedom from Religion Foundation

Do Atheists want their belief system mocked? Is that how they want to be treated?

The zeal appears ideological to me. In just this one example, it's being spread by "an actual group or movement" as I see it. Don't you agree?

I'm still fine with tossing a capital "A" for Atheists when appropriate.

(Offtopic yes, but I feel I must respond)

Re:16 contact points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31011208)

AP31R0N is not even a word.

(side note: Anonymous Coward is two words.)

Re:16 contact points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009856)

Oh great, so I can use all my fingers...elbows...uh, my nose...tongue?...WTF?

Crazy idea: How about having a friend (omfg what dat?) so that the number of fingers increase?

Re:16 contact points (1)

xupere (1680472) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011750)

16 contact points ought to be enough for anybody. No one will need more than 16 contact points for multi-touch input.

4 x 4? (0)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009102)

16 contact points, as in 4 x 4? That's only slightly useful for kiosks, etc, not much for general interactivity.

Re:4 x 4? (5, Informative)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009130)

16 contact points as in 16 fingers at once, not 16 'buttons'

Re:4 x 4? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009486)

This is discrimination, what about us with above octaldactyly?!

Re:4 x 4? (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009588)

Do what the lefties did. Open a shop for your market. You could call it the Octaldactylorium.

Re:4 x 4? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31014252)

I thought the octaldactyl was extinct!

Re:4 x 4? (0, Offtopic)

DeafZombie (1144079) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009970)

Oh no I lost a toe due to frostbite last time I went hiking. 16 point touch gives all those other people an unfair advantage. Where is my lawyer and my human rights organization representative when I need them?

Re:4 x 4? (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010046)

cool I've been looking for something where I can use all 16 of my finger simultaneously.

Re:4 x 4? (1)

luder (923306) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011170)

The idea is to have the possibility of more than one person using the same screen at the same time.

Re:4 x 4? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31012898)

Or you could use the extra capacity for touch points to place objects on the screen: 3 contact points at a certain distance apart could be recognized as a "pointer object" that could be used...uh, I can't think of anything that might actually require this, but it could be done.

Re:4 x 4? (1)

ukemike (956477) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011788)

16 contact points!?! my god I'm a man so I could use 11, but 16!?! wtf would someone do w/ 16!

Re:4 x 4? (1)

GeckoX (259575) | more than 4 years ago | (#31012158)

Not convinced that that is the case. On first read, that is what I thought too...but they are not very clear and after reading it again I'm inclined to think they actually mean that it can currently only recognize 16 interactive zones.

Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009116)

The usefulness of touchscreens is truly overrated.

I used to work at a pizza chain where we had to ring in orders using a touchscreen. They were the biggest pieces of shit ever. It'd take five or six taps to perform any action.

Just last week I was at the airport, and ran into the same problem using a much more modern ticket printer station that used a touchscreen.

I can't help but be very skeptical about this technology, given how poorly existing touchscreens work. And those existing touchscreens are just basic rectangles, in very predictable and controlled environments.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (5, Informative)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009182)

It's not that they don't work, it's that they aren't maintained.

Take a look at one of the many all-in-one PCs out there with touchscreens. Hell, just look at an iPhone. They work pretty well. Now look at the touchscreen at the airport. This is a device that is touched by hundreds if not thousands of different people a day. That much constant use is going to require a lot of maintenance.

Don't blame the touchscreen, blame the fact that they aren't maintained given their high rate of use.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (4, Insightful)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009240)

one that can be taken off and replaced constantly without replacing the entire machine (or atleast a significant part, IE the whole display unit) would lower maintainence costs. This will likely be welcomed with open arms :)

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

jacktherobot (1538645) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010444)

i would rather use a mouse that "just works" than a touch screen that i had to bring in for regular maintenance.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010546)

For personal use touchscreens, wiping down the surface with a distilled-water-based cleaner should be good enough. The only touchscreens that require actual maintence beyond cleaning are the ones used by the public.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#31013086)

you really think if you had to use a mouse on an airport check-in machine that that mouse would "just work"?

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (3, Insightful)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009318)

It probably doesn't help that any touchscreen placed somewhere where the general public has access to it will be subjected to vandalism and stupidity in the form of people pouring liquids on it, banging on it and (in the case of stupidity) trying to jab it really really hard without checking if it's possible to, you know, just touch it lightly.

As for the parent's comment about cash registers I'm willing to bet quite a few coworkers took out their frustrations with customers, the cash registers themselves and management on the cash registers (when I worked in tech support I had a co-worker who went through several mice per month since he would vent his anger by hitting his mouse with a closed fist, doesn't take long for a mouse to fall apart under those conditions).

/Mikael

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

Publikwerks (885730) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009416)

Used to support lotto machines(i.e. Powerball) that used touch screens. It would throw the calibration off if foreign matter such as crumbs or whatnot would get into the crack where the bevel would meet the screen. Like just about everything in life, if it is taken care off, it works great. Otherwise, it goes haywire

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

AlecC (512609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010974)

I think you are comparing different technologies. The touchscreens of a few years ago were, I agree, total rubbish. But they were basically single point touchscreens with very crude technology. The multitouch screens, as used on the iPhone and iPad, are qualitatively in a different league. Instead of simple hardware recognisers, they use sophisticated software to work out what you are doing. If you haven't tried one of those, you have not seen what such screens can do.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | more than 4 years ago | (#31013064)

Some touch screens are pressure sensitive, others are contact sensitive (like the iPhone). That's why there is such a huge difference. I would assume this layer isn't pressure sensitive, as that would need some sort of mechanism BEHIND a soft screen.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010210)

Touchscreens are useful for certain situations. It's like the use of Flash on webpages. There is a time and a place for Flash (youtube wouldn't have been half as good without it, for example) but when most of the Flash you see is annoying banner ads, entire websites made of Flash or 5-minute unskippable intros for sites with no real content then you start wanting to reject it completely.

(cue comments about Flash security risk blah blah blah...Hopefully you get my point.)

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (2, Informative)

jacktherobot (1538645) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010408)

most of the touch screens used in point of sale (i.e. cash register) applications are old resistive touch films. This tech suffers from the drawback that in order for the resistance of the film to change you have to physically deform it to register a touch. This opens you up to all kinds of mechanical fatigue problems like the one you're talking about. Capacative touch systems (like the iphone) which work by sensing the proximity of your finger electrically don't have this problem. The material in the article sounds like an evolution of resistive touch, so it would probably still wear out after a lot of use.

Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (1)

BlackBloq (702158) | more than 4 years ago | (#31014612)

Wow you are off base on this one sorry! Proof positive... the Nintendo DS! Kids beat the crap out and tap, scape and probably bite. They take one hella beating! They last longer then a controller with buttons. True dat!

The 'multitouch' is the new bit (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009174)

You've been able to get membranes that could be put on normal screens and make them touchscreens for a long time. I remember a school where my mother worked got some in the mid '90s and put them on monitors. A bit later there were companies advertising them for putting on laptops, with a serial adaptor so you got something that looked like a serial mouse to Windows 3.11 but was a touch screen. The news here is that they now support multitouch.

Re:The 'multitouch' is the new bit (1)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009840)

It's not the fact that it has already been possible that makes this news. Nor is it the fact that it has already been comercialized. It's the fact that not everybody knows about it and, so, it should be publicized.
That's the purpose of all news.

Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (1, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009242)

I mean really, this doesn't produce any image at all. Yes, you can put it over a monitor of some kind, but if you stick it on any other surface, it's not a touchscreen but a touchpad.

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009312)

What about if you put it on your screen door?

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009460)

Yeah, so what, i want to put a touchpad on my window so i can click on people outside to make them trip.
AND NOBODY WILL STOP ME, I WILL MAKE EVERYONE FALL TO THEIR KNEES.

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (5, Informative)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009786)

If light passes through it it is by definition a screen.

screen != display

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31011186)

seems to me any screen you can touch would be a touch screen....I have one of those in every window in the house :)

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31013262)

This is weasel-word bollocks. Touchscreen means a visual display with touch input. /. summary implies this polymer carries both input and display feature, when in fact it only offers input feature. OP is right, and /. moderators are morons.

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31014928)

And there are other kinds of screen that by definition don't let light pass through, so they screen whatever's behind them.

Therefore all flat objects are screens, presumably.

Re:Touchscreen now means any tactile interface? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011924)

I mean really, this doesn't produce any image at all. Yes, you can put it over a monitor of some kind

Uh yeah, that's kinda how "touchscreens" work.

I'm not aware of any kind of touch screen technology where the part that displays the image is also the part that is pressure sensitive. I could be wrong though. But I'm pretty sure that it's not the phosphors in a CRT are not used to detect contact, but we still call em 'touch screens'.

Touchscreen or Touchserface (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009282)

Is this truly a touch-screen, as in OLED membrane with touch, or just a touch surface that can be stuck to a screen? The article doesn't really give many details to determine this.

Where are the trolls??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009414)

I am sure there are some NPE salivating over this news....

Early adoption.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31009522)

I'm sure the porn industry will be an early adopter on this one.

Finally! (4, Funny)

wonkavader (605434) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009566)

Finally, I can turn my life-size colonel Sanders cut-out into a data entry device.

Applications (4, Interesting)

LaminatorX (410794) | more than 4 years ago | (#31009816)

Is it good or bad that my first thought was to make a multi-touch battle mat for wargaming?

Re:Applications (1)

EchaniDrgn (1039374) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010052)

Yeah, but you only get a 16 squad total battle at 8 squads per army army on a 120" diagonal play mat... But I hear ya. :-)

Re:Applications (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 4 years ago | (#31014980)

I suppose it's a bit better than thinking, "Now I can play DDR anywhere!"

I'm sure we'd all be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on this matter. It seems like this subject would be right up your alley.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31010100)

I don't know, but being able to turn anything into a touchpad/screen seems pretty sweet. And since it seems that it can be attached to any kind of surface, I guess museums can have bones that are touchable to give information on a screen next to it, maps, windows that protect items can be touched to select or interact with something on the other side of the glass.
I would think that ppl that gather around here would have a bit more of an open mind regarding tech...

Multi-touch, but... (1)

Dyne09 (1305257) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010284)

does it actually have a visual display? Am I missing something? This turns surfaces into multi-touch inputs, but does it actually turn into a display device as well? What is the point of placing this film "over a wood surface" if you can't see what the hell you're actually dong?

Re:Multi-touch, but... (2, Insightful)

Emb3rz (1210286) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010526)

Reasons you would place a touch-sensitive device onto a static surface:

  • Identification of features (educational purposes)
  • Plotting (the vector kind, not the muhahaha kind)
  • Security interface?

And there are plenty of other things you could use it for.. this is just a starter list. :)

Re:Multi-touch, but... (1)

srmalloy (263556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31012878)

Take an appropriately-shaped block of wood, screen-print a keyboard layout on it, put the film on top, and you have a keyboard with no moving parts.

More generally, since this is being described as something you can put over an existing display (and therefore must be transparent), you can make a programmable keypad device where the touch-surface film is on a transparent plate, under which can be slid a template laying out what the 'buttons' are; because you would be able to define the position and dimensions (and, with sufficient sophistication of the drivers, shape), you could make the keypad layout whatever you wanted, with buttons of different sizes and orientations. Look at the Steelseries Zboard gaming keyboard [steelseries.com]; you get a customized keyboard layout by replacing the top of the keyboard with a new key panel. Consider how much easier it would be for a company to be able to release a cardstock insert to go under the sensor surface (where it won't get grimed and worn in use) and a layout configuration file than to manufacture an entire custom keyboard face. Crank it up another notch, and put a display panel in place of the insert, and you get something that can compete with the Optimus Maximus keyboard [wikipedia.org] for customizability at what I expect to be a much lower price point.

ATM's (4, Interesting)

hAckz0r (989977) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010332)

With the rash of card skimmers being placed on ATM's I have to wonder just how long it will be before someone "overlays" an ATM's console to grab pin numbers too. These days it pays to be observant of minor differences in hardware because these creeps are getting more and more sophisticated with microelectronics and wireless transceivers. I think it won't be long before someone puts this technology to use in some diabolical and illegal manor.

Re:ATM's (1)

kowala (1707988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010580)

I think it's only a matter of time until pickpockets spray touch screen membrane on people's hands while they are distracted. This would open the door to a new type of keylogging/finger logging

Re:ATM's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31010656)

yeah, like some dastardly Wayne Manor.

Re:ATM's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31012802)

I think it won't be long before someone puts this technology to use in some diabolical and illegal manor.

Like the estate surrounding Dracula's Castle!

Re:ATM's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31015452)

Unnecessary. Just lift prints from the screen/number pad. Still some guessing involved, but that can be reduced with the slightest bit of info.

And the drivers are available for???? (4, Insightful)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010388)

I've been trying to find touchscreens to incorporate into an embedded system, and few of the touchscreen vendors have drivers for anything other than Windows - as such they get eliminated from my consideration.

I've just check Displax's site, and a search for "linux" gives no hits - so either:
a) They are just doing the actual sensing system, and letting somebody else build the actual interface chips
or
b) They only support Windows.

Which makes them a non-starter in my line of work.

Re:And the drivers are available for???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31010750)

OVERLAY XPRESS
Drivers Windows, Linux No driver needed (Windows)
Connection USB & Serial USB
Type of LCD Any type Professional
Sizes 10'' to 65'' 26'' to 103''
Orientation Landscape or portrait

Re:And the drivers are available for???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31011862)

One of the product lines [displax.com] have Linux drivers available.

Re:And the drivers are available for???? (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 4 years ago | (#31012140)

Thanks AC, that link helped - good to see that they are getting some drivers for Linux.

However, it's pretty distressing that their own web site search function couldn't find that page - somebody ought to flog their web master.

Re:And the drivers are available for???? (1)

eu_virtual (994133) | more than 4 years ago | (#31012252)

http://www.displax.com/en/products/families/overlay.html [displax.com] has linux in text, so it appears their search sucks.

It's a different product, but at least it seems to indicate they do have some linux support. Their press release doesn't seem to indicate any OS (google maps, social networking, display photos, all of which can be done in any OS.) though, so I guess you'll have to check back later.

Also, a search around the internet gets you some news that say it can work with e-ink and oled, and since most (all?) of the e-book readers run linux, if they where thinking about that market, they can probably make it work with it. If those news are correct of course, as I couldn't find anything about e-ink in their press release.

Re:And the drivers are available for???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31014518)

*follow link*
*scroll scroll scroll*

Oh look! Contact info!

Getting closer... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 4 years ago | (#31010572)

...to my 62" QuadHD monitor with input so I can mark up architectural prints, full size, on my screen (placed flat /sloped like a drafting table, of course)

"if all goes well..." meaning - (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31010944)

We could realisticly hope to see shaky first implementations by next January.

Wait, I'M Portuguese (1)

nunofgs (636910) | more than 4 years ago | (#31011630)

How are we in the news? We never do real scientific work. There must be some sort of mistake.

Re:Wait, I'M Portuguese (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31012170)

I'm Portuguese too, you insensible clod!
We do real scientific work! Remember paper transistors? They're everywhere now, aren't they?

Re:Wait, I'M Portuguese (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31013284)

We invented the Prepaid, Via Verde... and we have the best bank ATM network in the world...

HardStudi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31012984)

I heard this shyt causes e-cancer in usb mice.

I got just 2 words for ya... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31013200)

Realdoll Skin.

  I did RTFA and it explicitly states 'breath' as a means of exciting a response. And yes, that was intentional wording of that sentence.

Old news - tried this 2 years ago (1)

SplatMan_DK (1035528) | more than 4 years ago | (#31014200)

I don't get it. This is old stuff. I tried such a membrane at CeBit [cebit.de] in Hannover almost two years ago. It was made by a Japanese firm and could register "only" four concurrent touchpoints, but it is still very similar to this.

It was delivered as a thin plastic film in a black plastic frame about one inch wide all around and with a USB cable sticking out the lower left corner. They had sizes for 32, 37, 40, 42 and 50 inch LCD/plasma screens and showcased two 42 inch screens running Vista at their booth.

I wonder if the membrane is strong enough to used as a table surface. One of these membranes with a cheap 42 inch LCD TV and an Asus EE-PC could be a very cheap way to make a "Surface computer". And I would love to put such a homebrew surface/table computer between my sofa and my lounge chair ... :-)

Hallelujah (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#31014782)

I've been wanting to build a multitouch table, but I haven't been able to afford a high-resolution projector and a pair of high-res video cameras. I do, however, have a fairly sizable LCD television. All I need now is a way to bring the television level, and a layer of glass over the display so that I can press on it without damaging the display.

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