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Sharp’s 20 Inch touch-screen arrives in ME

Full HD, Windows 8-certified screen has ‘multiple applications’

The 20 Inch comes with the world’s thinnest stylus, at 2mm.
The 20 Inch comes with the world’s thinnest stylus, at 2mm.

Sharp Middle East today announced it has officially launched its latest small-size touch screen LCD in the Middle East.

The region had a first look at the device on Sharp's stand during Infocomm 2012, held during GITEX Technology Week last year, but the screen is now officially available across the region.

The full HD unit is primarily a PC monitor, supporting Microsoft Windows 8 touch functionality, but the in-built features are designed to give it more flexibility.

"We want to challenge the perception of what a PC monitor can do, and the benefits it can bring to a business; the 20 Inch touch screen display does exactly that," said Ravinder Kumar, deputy general manager, Sales, Sharp Middle East.

"By incorporating features which add value through multi-use versatility, the 20 Inch helps companies to think about investing in new IT peripherals in a smarter fashion, weighing up what returns they will get on their investment."

He added: "The feedback we received during Infocomm about the model was hugely positive, especially with the unit running on Microsoft Windows 8, with visitors intrigued at the numerous applications the display can be used for, so we're very excited that we can now offer this to our customers across the Middle East."

One key feature of the display is its use of the world's thinnest stylus, at 2mm, which is designed for precise pointing and the enhancement of digital handwriting. The screen also comes with a palm cancellation feature, which prioritises pen recognition so users can write with the touch pen even if their palm is resting on the screen.

The 20 Inch is fully compatible with many of Sharp's other professional LED displays such as the 90 Inch, or a Sharp video wall, enabling audiences to see what the presenter is doing through real-time mirroring in high definition.

The monitor can be inclined at 10 degrees for handwriting with the stylus, as well as being positioned flat on a table top or mounted in the default ‘standing' style at 75 degrees for group viewing.

Sharp is targeting a variety of applications and vertical industries with the 20 Inch. In addition to using it to control larger LCD signage and video walls, applications include interactive touch signage at airports, shopping malls, and travel agencies; hospitality and banking uses; and medical functions such as holding digitised doctor's notes, scans and diagnoses.

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