Lenovo unveils enhanced touchscreen tech

New solutions include two- and four-finger input, more user friendly input and customizable touch controls

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Lenovo unveils enhanced touchscreen tech The new SimpleTap technology allows users to access common functions while still in tablet mode
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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 11, 2009

Lenovo has introduced new extended touchscreen functionality for its ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC and ThinkPad T400s laptop.

The new touchscreen technology is intended to give mobile workers a much more natural and interactive touchscreen usage.

The ThinkPad X200 Tablet now supports two-finger touch gestures, including pinching, zooming, tapping and flicking to manipulate documents and items on screen. The ThinkPad T400s laptop goes even further, an optional multi touch screen that can read input from four-finger gestures, which allows for even greater interaction.

The devices also include optimized firmware, that will compensate for slightly imprecise taps on the screen, and an anti-fingerprint coating to keep the screen clean. With support for Microsoft Windows 7, users will also get the benefit of improved predictive text, improved handwriting recognition in more languages and formula input features for math and scientific equations.

Lenovo's SimpleTap application, one of the company's ThinkVantage technologies, has been designed to enable a user to access hardware functions without having to switch out of tablet mode, for convenience. By double tapping on the screen, the user can open a menu of icons that control functions including turning on or off the wireless radio, ThinkLight and microphone, previewing the camera, enabling mute, adjusting the volume or screen brightness, locking the screen or putting the PC to sleep.

The SimpleTap function also allows the user to create their own icons, to launch specific tasks or applications that they require.

Sam Dusi, vice president, worldwide ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo commented: "We see now as the right time for multi touch screens on PCs. With touch screens increasingly becoming part of more devices we use routinely and continued improvement of the technology including the integration of touch in the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, the environment for making touch part of our Tablet PC and ThinkPad T400s laptop experience couldn't be better. We've also extended the touch experience with SimpleTap to make frequent hardware-based functions touch-enabled and simple."

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