People have been removing netbook displays and replacing them with 7, 9, or 10 inch touchscreens for almost as long as netbooks have been around. But that kind of hack takes a moderate degree of skill and/or confidence. Hantech’s Siso Tablo requires none of the above.
For about $99, you can pick up this little gadget which will effectively turn any display into a touchscreen. The Tablo comes in two parts, a sensor which rests at the top of your display, and a stylus that you use to interact with the screen. The sensor detects either direct input on the screen or motions in the air. You can either tap at the screen or draw on it in a mouse-like fashion, or use the Tablo’s handwriting recognition technology to enter text.
The Tablo supports laptops with screens between 7 and 15.4 inches. The device only supports Windows right now, but a Mac version might be in the works. The Tablo comes with software that supports integration with Microsoft Office, OneNote, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and other software.
I first heard about the Tablo a few weeks ago when the folks at UMPC Fever used it to sort of, kind of demonstrate a touchscreen Eee PC 1008HA. Yesterday I got to see one in person at the CEA Line Show in New York, and it does look pretty nifty. Hantech is a Canadian company, and the product is available in Canada and a few other parts of the world. The company is still looking for distributors in the US.