HP expects to ship multi-touch laptops long before Windows 7

By on June 11, 2008, 4:34 PM
HP extended its involvement with touch-screen technology yesterday when it announced a revamped version of its Touchsmart all-in-one desktop. But today, the company’s general manager of the consumer notebook division, Kevin Frost, went a step further by saying we can expect this same functionality to reach HP laptops long before the launch of Windows 7.

HP’s Touchsmart doesn't currently support multi-touch, but the PC maker is expected to include the technology in later incarnations. Given the increasing popularity of multi-touch (ignited by the iPhone) the news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise and we’ll probably see other notebooks manufacturers follow suit. According to the company, one of the bigger obstacles for multi-touch at the moment is in developing suitable software, not hardware, for laptops.

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phantasm66 said:
OK you are all welcome to bash me when it doesn't happen, but...I really think touch screen stuff is about to take off.Just take the iphone - and now Microsoft are working on Microsoft Surface - when you see demos of that you wonder why we didn't always have that.
benw said:
Jose - it turns out that even the "Generation 1" TouchSmart supported Multi-Touch as I am sure will this new device. It is actually the software that HP that is shipping that is not making use of the multi-touch features. There are a number of demo videos linked from our blog at [url]http://fingertapps.typepad.com[/url] that show multi-touch working on the previous generation Touchsmart. ben
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