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Microsoft Presents World's Smallest Touchscreen

Feb 27, 2009
The software giant Microsoft recently presented its 2.4 inches square touchscreen which claims to be the smallest in the world. Though the device is small, it was developed in a way so that users with fat fingers can try it.

Researchers working on Microsoft's latest invention presented their device at the company's annual TechFest held at the company's campus located in Redmond, Washington. They showed a prototype gadget with touchscreen on the rear side, a small display screen located on the front and input buttons found on the side.

The device is called Nanotouch and its size is half the size of a usual smartphone.

Patrick Baudisch, one of the researchers working on the Nanotouch project, said: "On first sight, touch-screens seem to allow for particular compactness, because they integrate input and screen into the same physical space. The opposite is true, however, because the user's fingers occlude contents and prevent precision."

He mentioned that you can even see your finger when using the Nanotouch, and are able to see what you are inputting. The features of Microsoft's device make it possible to create much smaller gadgets without losing the accuracy.

With the help of a touchpad on the back, one is able to select or drag certain items on the screen, having the full screen always visible.

Due to the fact that users have the ability to see the outcome of their touch, they can hit items on the screen that are just 2mm wide.

Mr Baudisch showed the ability to control a video game with the help of the Nanotouch. He considers that mini-devices might be helpful to those who play sport.

TechFest featured 40 devices created by Microsoft's R&D laboratories around the world.
Microsoft's Nanotouch was created by the company's specialists in collaboration with scientists from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany.

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