siso tablo

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.

siso tablo booth

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4 replies on “Siso Tablo optical sensor turns any laptop display into a touchscreen”

  1. Can this Support Linux.
    Many of us have replaced or have dual booted XP with various flavors of Linux.

    1. At the moment there are no Linux drivers, and the rep from Hantech
      sort of skirted around the question of whether they were working on
      Linux support.

      On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 4:34 AM,

    2. I can confidently say that the Hantec Siso Tablo indeed works in Ubuntu 10.04, as I’m using it right now. I just started using it this morning in Windows, and when I rebooted to Linux, and it just happens to work. I have only begun using it in Linux (I came to this article trying to find more information on how it works in Linux) and so far it only works for basic mouse functions. I haven’t yet found out how to calibrate it, but it’s aligned very well out of the box and reaches all the corners of my 13.3″ widescreen. I did the calibration in Windows 7 so maybe the sensor is still storing the calibration info? I don’t know.

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