N-trig Improves Windows 7 Multi-touch Capabilities for Tablets and PCs

Here’s a sneak peek into what your future Windows 7-powered tablet or touch-enabled PC may function like. According to Laptopmag.com, N-trig has partnered with PC OEMs (names undisclosed) to ship tablets and laptops later this year that will run N-trig’s custom multi-touch software. Product highlights: 2/3/4-finger support, two-hand support (see: pop-over menus), pen input support. Users can also  select areas of the page or text to share, via e-mail or social networks, with friends or copy ‘n paste selections into another program. Overall, the offering looks a heck of a lot better than the default touch functionality of Windows 7, so this a good thing. However, with advanced features, comes additional complexity. Lets see how the market reacts. Video demo and press release attached below.


N-trig Introduces N-act Hands-On Gesture Vocabulary for True Multi-Touch User Experience

New Multi-Touch Language Reflects Latest Advancements in Pen and Touch Technology

Kfar Saba, Israel and Austin, Texas – May 12th, 2010 – N-trig, providers of the DuoSense® solution combining pen and capacitive true multi-touch in a single device, today announces the availability of the N-trig N-actTM Hands-on® gesture vocabulary for two plus one, three and four finger multi-touch. The N-act gesture vocabulary enhances the overall user experience and together with the pen functionality enables the user to utilize new multi-touch gestures to perform actions directly on the screen whether using their finger or the pen. To see a video of the N-act gesture vocabulary go to YouTube.

In order to further drive the mass adoption of a touch interface, N-trig is now taking standard 2-finger multi-touch gestures to the next level, expanding the multi-touch capabilities to include the use of four or more fingers in combination with a pen. This development is opening up a world of new possibilities for the development of different types of computing devices and the creation of new software applications, including advanced graphics packages, video games, CAD programs, and much more.

“While multi-touch features on touch technologies have created a new market for cutting edge applications. The Windows 7 platform has set the groundwork for multi-touch to be adopted on PCs. The worldwide market value of multi-touch module will reach about $2 billion in 2010,” said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Director of Display Technologies at DisplaySearch.

The N-act gesture set demonstrates the continued evolution of the multi-touch marketplace to provide end-users with a more natural, flexible and Hands-on computing® experience. The multi-touch N-act Hands-on gesture vocabulary is comprised of a wide variety of movements and actions using direct on-screen finger manipulations including:

N-act2+1: place two fingers on the screen and using a third finger a context sensitive menu will be displayed.
N-act3Tap: tap three fingers once simultaneously on the screen to display all currently open windows in a 3D carousel formation.
N-act3DoubleTap: tap three fingers twice simultaneously on the screen to minimize all windows, and display your desktop.
N-act4Select: place four fingers in a square on the screen to select an item and zoom in.

“Touch technology has advanced significantly over the last couple of years and with the concept of multi-touch continuing to evolve, new standards are being set for how we interact with our computing devices,” said Amichai Ben-David, CEO, N-trig. “Building on the N-act vocabulary, the natural next step is to include the simultaneous use of the pen functionality in conjunction with true multi-touch capabilities, enabling pen and multi-touch to become a standard expectation and triggering the development of more touch -enabled software, greatly expanding and enhancing the user experience.”

About N-trig

N-trig is revolutionizing the way people interact with computers by providing the industry’s first dual-mode pen and touch input device. N-trig’s DuoSense technology is the only combined pen, touch, and multi-touch interface for today’s advanced computing world. N-trig’s DuoSense dual-mode digitizer uses both pen and zero-pressure capacitive touch to provide a true Hands-on computing® experience for mobile computers and other digital input products over a single device. DuoSense enables greater mobility and usability in the next generation of computing devices and notebook PCs, enabling new market opportunities for OEMs and ODMs to introduce computer products which offer a more intuitive and interactive experience. N-trig’s digitizers are easily integratable, support any type of LCD, and keep devices slim and light. N-trig’s technology can be implemented in a broad range of products from small notebooks to large format LCDs and can support a variety of applications including mobile, notebooks, convertible and all-in-one computing, gaming, entertainment, multimedia and more. Founded in 1999, N‑trig is headquartered in Kfar Saba, Israel with offices in Austin, TX and Taipei, Taiwan.

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