Now Here's a Novel way to Get 'Touch'

and a damned good idea, too

By on February 22, 2013 4:33:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums External Link

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Okay people, so I get a newsletter from an online shopping establishment I've done business with in the past, and this just grabbed my immediate attention... a pen device that turns your regular Windows 8 notebook into a 'Touch' screen device.  All you do is connect the USB transmitter/receiver and the pen works wirelessly.  Bloody brilliant!!!  For more info, check it out here and here and here

Hmmm, I'm thinking I'd like one of these.  For 99 bucks, normally $149.00, it'd have to be the most affordable way to get 'Touch' on a PC near you. Dunno about anybody else, but I wouldn't mind it on one near me... and I do have a spare rig with a 17" monitor.... and a retail copy of Win 8 I picked up for Officeworks for 44 bucks that I can put on it.  Yup, it's definitely suck up to the missus time, and some sweet talk to get her into the "let me buy something" mood.

It states that it s for a 17" laptop/notebook - and that's 17" maximum - I can't see why it wouldn't work with a desktop PC, providing the screen wasn't over the stipulated size. It would be no good for my main rig at 32", but my spare upstairs is no slouch, either: AMD FX8170; 8Gb DDR3 RAM; Samsung 120Gb 840 Series SSD and a Nvidia 9800GTX.... unless I swipe back my old GTX260 from Shaunna's rig.   Nah, I wouldn't do that, the 9800 will be good enough.

Anyhow, people, what d'yer reckon?

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February 22, 2013 8:07:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Uhmmmm, no thanks, I'll stick with a mouse and keyboard. Nothing against touchscreens, I just have no need or use for them.

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February 22, 2013 8:59:54 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't really like my touch screen, but I must say that 8 is better with it.

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February 22, 2013 9:13:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It is a novel approach though. People will go for it, new fangled and all.

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February 22, 2013 9:36:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice article, Mark! Interesting subject and engaging writing style (much better than mine - did I actually just say that?).  

What I'd actually love to see is that device compatible with Photoshop (or PaintShopPro), enabling the user to paint/sketch/create using the the screen like a Wacom Tablet. THAT would be really something!

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February 22, 2013 9:57:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I vote for Photoshop!

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February 23, 2013 2:28:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,
Uhmmmm, no thanks, I'll stick with a mouse and keyboard. Nothing against touchscreens, I just have no need or use for them.

I dunno, Tom, what are we gonna do with you?  You don't like Win 8, you don't like 'touch' [which I find strange for a man ] and you don't like Google Glasses.  Yup, we need to get you interested something technologcally modern or you're gonna get labeled and old dinosaur and get put out to pasture. 

I mean, it might be fun chasing lady dinosaurs through grassy meadows, but if you're not into 'touch', what 'd be the point?

Nah, seriously, be happy with what you've got, I say.  Just cos some folks like other stuff, don't mean to say you gotta.

Quoting RedneckDude,
I don't really like my touch screen

Ah, but you're not viewing... uh, touching the right content to make it more inviting.

If you like, and the missus don't mind [ yours that is, not mine], I'll send you some links to some very touchable content.

You may end up needing glasses after a while, but at your age 'twas probably on the cards anyhow.

Quoting Uvah,
It is a novel approach though. People will go for it, new fangled and all.

While being a novel approach, it may just be the thing to get sales of Win 8 moving along.  Being that people realise Win 8 is optimised for touchscreen Pc's, and the price of such machines is above their means/budgets, this could be the game breaker that boosts sales along.  I'd like to do my part, well above what I've already done [purchasing 3 copies of Win 8], but I haven't whispered sweet nothings in Shaunna's ear as yet. I'd have to get her in that 'let me buy something' mood, and that's not something one tackles without great preparation and a quick exit planned if things go awry.

Quoting DrJBHL,
Nice article, Mark! Interesting subject and engaging writing style

Yeah, I wanted to make it a little more interesting than just a tech article, thus the humour, but I seem to have missed something, given the slow/poor response.  I'm sort of wondering if I should have added On Your PC to the title... just to take away the sexual connotation 'touch' could have without some kind of clarification.

As for the idea of using this device to control various actions in PSP or Photoshop, yeah, not bad... not bad at all. 

But then you could always uprade to Win 8, where it would be possible to use hand motions, etc..  Hehe.

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February 23, 2013 4:04:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Interesting, but seems to me to be a toy of no real use. If I understand correctly, this is just a pen-shaped mouse you have to poke your screen with. That is not touch control. It is a stylus sure, but really, what benefit is there in using a stylus with a laptop or desktop over a mouse? None that I can see. You don't get multi-touch, etc.

Sure, if you need to "write" on your screen it might be more convenient than a mouse (though the angle you are writing on could be troublesome) but I don't see it for that price.

I'll vote with LightStar on this one.

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February 23, 2013 4:17:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting xinh2,
Interesting, but seems to me to be a toy of no real use. If I understand correctly, this is just a pen-shaped mouse you have to poke your screen with. That is not touch control. It is a stylus sure, but really, what benefit is there in using a stylus with a laptop or desktop over a mouse? None that I can see. You don't get multi-touch, etc.

As I understand it, the pen/stylus acts as a finger and the receiver provides multiple touch points so the laptop, etc, works much like a tablet.  Okay, perhaps it's somewhat of a novelty to some, a toy even, but if it provides the touch functionality it claims, then it will serve a purpose for those who cannot afford the more expensive option.... a genuine touch screen.  I sure as heck can't.

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February 25, 2013 2:12:33 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I'd rather wait for Leap or get a Logitech touchpad than use some silly pen.

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February 25, 2013 3:27:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

$100 to make use of a touch UI on your PC ... nope can't see a problem ....

sarcasm aside, the device is interesting and if they can change it for art programs they might be on a winner ...

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February 25, 2013 9:09:59 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I still haven't seen this mythical touch UI, so I can't see a problem either

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