According to a new press release from Neonode, the Swedish company behind the zForce optical touchscreen, a deal has been struck with Asus. “Later this year” you can expect to see devices utilizing the innovative screens later this year. Neonode CEO Thomas Eriksson says zForce offers a cost savings over other touchscreen options, so it’ll be interesting to see what impact (if any) the change has on Asus price points.

While the technology does offer a cost advantage, zForce appears to be every bit as responsive as any high-quality capacitive displays. zForce can also handle input from things traditional screens can’t, like gloved fingers. While most outlets are reporting Asus tablets will receive the screens, Neonode’s presser says “products” — and there’s certainly the possibility that Asus could utilize zForce in netbooks, notebooks, and all-in-one systems as well.

Check the demo video after the break for a taste of what Neonode’s zForce displays will bring to the Asus products they’re set to land in later this year.

via Netbook News and Engadget

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2 replies on “Asus to launch devices with Neonode optical touchscreens this year”

  1. What do you mean “responsive as any high-quality capacitive displays”? All touchscreens respond to the input stimuli for which they were designed, and capacitive touchscreens respond no more or less than any other technology. Certainly, you can’t assume that the appropriate way to use a resistive touchscreen is the appropriate way to use a capacitive one, but for that matter, when I wave a Wacom digital stylus or a capacitive touchscreen it does nothing, unlike an active digitizer.

    I’ve never ever used a touchscreen that didn’t respond. Capacitive actually turns out to be the least responsive of all of the technologies (it respond to the fewest inputs), so I’m wondering why you’re pushing it as the high level watermark of “responsiveness”.

    1. Sony’s already using Neonode technology in its eReaders.

      It’s very sweet. zForce lets you do high resolution pen writing and using your finger in gestures, multi-touch, sweeps and more. There’s no overlay on the touch screen window, so the viewing experience is totally clear–no reflection or parallax effects. It’s just like reading a paper in almost any ambient light.

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