Touch monitors for desktop PCs have been around for quite some time but lack of supporting platforms have kept choices low and naturally demand for these relatively expensive displays have been scant. The only place touch monitors have been common is in all-in-one PC, making use of Windows 7’s limited touch capabilities. But with the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS there is, all of a sudden, an OS whose whole UI experience is based around touch input and this has prompted traditionally display makers to pitch into producing touch enabled PC monitors. Samsung, Sony, Acer have all released their touch capable monitors and it is now LG’s turn. Apple’s Retina display supplier has announced the ET83 Touch monitor for Windows 8.
The ET83 Touch monitor comes with an In-Plane Switching(IPS) display, measuring 23 inch diagonally. The display supports 10-point capacitive touch, which means it will respond to 10 touch inputs simultaneously if a software supports it. An optional capacitive stylus is also available as an optional accessory for creative use or simply for writing directly on the screen.
“This is a compelling new product that re-imagines the touch experience and shows that LG is an industry leader in developing the next generation of touch monitor products,” said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “Smartphones and tablets have already proven that consumers are ready to fully embrace touch features. Our 10-point touchscreen takes it one step further by exponentially expanding the range of interactive possibilities. We believe this technology will excite and inspire software developers and users alike,” he added.
LG’s 23 inch ET83 Touch monitors will be available in Korea from later this month, which will soon be followed by a global launch. LG has not yet announced the pricing details.