Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Perspective Pixel, a leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. The announcement came at the end of the Vision Keynote at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Network Conference.
At the keynote, Steve Ballmer introduced Jeff Han, a multi-touch researcher and co-founder of Perspective Pixel Inc., who demonstrated Windows 8 running on an incredible 82” touch screen. The awe-inspiring demo also featured the note-taking app, OneNote, and an ad-hoc collaboration called Storyboard. While the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Perceptive Pixel’s large-scale, multi-touch hardware and software technology will help Microsoft to enable and showcase interesting collaboration and productivity scenarios with Windows and Office.
The display unit during the demo is world’s largest projected capacitive, optically bonded multi-touch display and supports both touch and pen based input. Microsoft has also been working on table-sized multitouch tables, formerly called Surface, but now known as PixelSense.
Perspective Pixel was founded in 2006, and its technology gained widespread recognition in 2008 as CNN and other broadcasters covered the U.S. Presedential elections aided by large displays in their studios. The company also won the National Design Award in the inaugural category of Interaction Design at the Smithsonian awards in 2009. Perceptive Pixel’s patented technology is used in broadcast, government, defense, energy, higher education, engineering, and product design.
The upcoming generation of the iPhone is likely to have a larger display screen than the iPhone 4 or its predecessors. The screens of Apple’s new smartphone will hold a 4 inch display screen in order to compete better in the market and add extra value from a consumer point of view. The production of the new screens is likely to get underway next month (June).
As far as the launch of the iPhone 5 is concerned, it is likely to be unleashed towards the end of the year. Speculation persists that it will take place around October, keeping in mind the previous presentation launches of the iPhone. However, Apple remains secretive as usual. It remains happy to withhold information regarding the product specifications. As always, this has helped Apple to create a buzz in the industry it operates in. In turn, this move by Apple creates a lot of “followers” of its keynotes worldwide.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple ordered its Asian screen manufacturers to fabricate larger screens than the usual 3.5 inch display the present day iPhone holds. This would allow the new version of the iPhone to increase the display surface area by approximately 30%. Experts consider this to rival recent moves by its closest competitor, Samsung. The South Korean mobile manufacturer has recently launched the Samsung Galaxy S III which has a 4.8 inch display screen, considered to be one of the biggest displays in the smartphone arena. At the moment, Apple has been collaborating with LG, Sharp and Japan Display for the fabrication of screens.
Since the launch of the very first iPhone in 2007, Apple has always adhered to its policy of keeping a 3.5 inch display screen. Does this mean that Apple has been intimidated by Samsung’s S III or will it follow standard Apple protocol and release the iPhone 5 with a conventional 3.5 inch display screen? This question remains interesting.
Thanks to Super AMOLED and its improved versions like the Super AMOLED Plus and the HD Super AMOLED, Samsung is considered to be a leading force in the mobile display technology. Not only do these AMOLED displays from Samsung look stunning, they offer unmatched contrast and vibrancy. These AMOLED displays from Samsung also allows companies to create thinner handsets, since the touchscreen controller is integrated on the AMOLED screen itself, instead of occupying a few precious millimeters inside a handset.
Samsung is now looking to take things to the next level with its next generation of AMOLED technology. The company had demonstrated flexible AMOLED displays way back in 2010, and has been continuously demonstrating the display to the public at every major tech event. Now, if this post from Forbes is to be believed, Samsung will be able to mass-produce this flexible AMOLED screen in 2012. This means that users will be able to see devices with flexible displays in their handsets this year itself!
An analyst from Asia suggests that “the first example of this technology would not be in a smartphone screen that folded in half (though that may come later in 2013 in a clam-shell like device), but in a screen that folded over the edges of a phone, replacing the usual screen border or “bezel” so that the display continued onto the sides (see image above). The display would be “unbreakable and increases the exceptionally slim form-factor.”
So chances are we might just see a new device from Samsung with a foldable display on its side, instead of the usual bezel. Perhaps the Galaxy S3? Talk about innovation!