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The iPad is Already Old News, Focus Shifts to Projected Touch Screen

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light blue opticsWith the lack of fanfare surrounding Apple’s announcement of the new iPad touch screen tablet, consumers are continuing their restless feeling as they seek innovation (which Benn forecasts they will not find).

In steps innovation


Using laser-based projection technology, one of those “phase modulating spatial light modulators” and other tech tucked into a tiny box, this computer by a UK company called Light Blue Optics projects a touch screen on any surface with relatively low power. The company’s co-founder, Dr. Adrian Cable, visited gadget geek Robert Scoble yesterday at his house, leading to a homemade, touch-heavy video with a gently voiced cameraman that might be best be called softcore amateur future gadget porn.

For those preparing for the “magical” iPad to revolutionize and game change, there is more out there than the giant iPhone that has great application but is far from innovative. We’ll see apps change this year to adapt to the iPad release, as they should, but there is so much more to look forward to (FINALLY!!!). We don’t know the release date, but this is a sign that there just might be hope in this world for the geeks at heart!

You can watch the whole video below, or here’s the part that will make you drool (and angry that you carry a laptop or have a computer instead of a projected touch screen that loves mother earth more than Apple):

So what now?

So what do you think of the projected touch screen technology? Think it will change computing forever or will it be a fading fad?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Bryan Myers

    February 2, 2010 at 1:03 am

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the apple ipad was a screen that I could use in say a car, or even while walking to browse the MLS or pull up data. With it’s large screen it would be far superior to my Palm Treo. With this you need some kind of flat surface to project onto so for me, it’s not a replacement to an ipad.

    I do think this will be a hit and probably in ways we’re not thinking of right now. I like the restaurant menu idea for instance.

    • Lani Rosales

      February 2, 2010 at 1:12 am

      I’ve written about the tablet computing and how amazing it is, but it’s not really that innovative, it really is a big iPod which is great but it’s just a generation shift, not a technology shift (akin to body remodels of cars).

      You have flat surfaces everywhere and I suspect the projector will have some sort of polymer on the bottom that makes it stick/not move wherever it is, so maybe it would project onto your steering wheel, or maybe they’ll develop a simple foldout white screen that can be placed anywhere- a car seat beside you, on the hood of a car for standing outside, etc. Who knows?

      The point really is not that iPad sucks but that there is finally hope for the tech sector that innovation might not be dead. In 2010 it is, but 2011 looks promising!

    • Steve Nicewarner

      February 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      That, of course assumes your MLS will run on an iPad. Our MLS is still firmly stuck in 1985 and will only run under Internet Explorer. One day we will drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. . . .

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