LG announces 23 inch touch display for Windows 8

If you upgrade your old desktop PC to Windows 8, chances are you will have to navigate the new 'touch-first' UI with a keyboard and mouse. Now LG has announced it will release a PC desktop monitor made especially for the touch features in Windows 8.

PC World reports that the LG Touch 10 monitor is 23 inches in size with a resolution of 1920x1080. The 10 point touch screen can also be used with a capacitive stylus, but you will have to pay extra for that peripheral. LG will launch the monitor first in its native Korea in November and it will move to other countries in the weeks ahead. There is no word on pricing yet.

We got a chance to check out the monitor as part of the BUILD 2012 press conference today, and it's a pretty slick product. We suspect that companies that will be updating their many desktop PCs to Windows 8 will also invest in touch screen monitors such as this one in the months and years ahead. However, they are likely to be priced higher than regular monitors for some time.

Source: PC World | Image via LG

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Interesting. I've been thinking about getting a touchscreen monitor to replace my older secondary monitor. But I was kind of surprised that the current touchscreen monitor selection is actually pretty poor. Hopefully Windows 8 will give it a boost.

It's only me or is something wrong with the picture? I have a 24" and not the smallest hands. The hand on the picture must be a bear paw.

Lastwebpage said,
It's only me or is something wrong with the picture? I have a 24" and not the smallest hands. The hand on the picture must be a bear paw.

Yep. It's a glaringly bad 'shop job.

Using the hand as a reference puts that screen somewhere around 18".

Lastwebpage said,
It's only me or is something wrong with the picture? I have a 24" and not the smallest hands. The hand on the picture must be a bear paw.

Just you, my hand easily covers about half a 23" monitor.

Guh, adding touch without changing anything else about monitors is not the path to touch-enabling the desktop PC. We have to change how a desktop computer is arranged entirely. It's not about bandaids.

Joshie said,
Guh, adding touch without changing anything else about monitors is not the path to touch-enabling the desktop PC. We have to change how a desktop computer is arranged entirely. It's not about bandaids.

True. And it's something that even Sinofsky has talked about at one of the keynotes.

Yep, I'm not keen on having my arm stretched out all day. It would work if it was more of a giant drawing pad but now fully down - adjustable inclination from totally flat to vertical maybe. No one holds paper paper vertically to write, why would we do the same with a computer?

Joshie said,
Guh, adding touch without changing anything else about monitors is not the path to touch-enabling the desktop PC. We have to change how a desktop computer is arranged entirely. It's not about bandaids.

I agree to an extent actually. But history shows us that till we have a product in our hands, we can never really visualize what are the possibilities to explored with it....so I think, we should wait & watch....may be touch screen monitors will come about as entirely different beasts used in previously unimaginable scenarios, who knows?

Joshie said,
Guh, adding touch without changing anything else about monitors is not the path to touch-enabling the desktop PC. We have to change how a desktop computer is arranged entirely. It's not about bandaids.

Minor correction, we have to change how the monitor is arranged and how the user thinks about using it. Sony has a few new AIO machines that drop the stand in favor of a kickstand approach and these give a better usage angle. But I'll agree just throwing a bunch of touchscreen out there in standard monitor form isn't going to work. The viewing angle and typing angles are way off and are going to be uncomfortable for most users.

Mohitster said,

I agree to an extent actually. But history shows us that till we have a product in our hands, we can never really visualize what are the possibilities to explored with it....so I think, we should wait & watch....may be touch screen monitors will come about as entirely different beasts used in previously unimaginable scenarios, who knows?


My point was just that using the standard monitor form factor and tacking on touch isn't going to work for desktops, and it doesn't work for Windows 8.

I'm all about previously unimagined scenarios. I'm a big proponent of the argument, and I pull it out whenever some troll comes along, points at new technology, and accuses it of being stupid, pointless, unnecessary, or not in line with how he uses his current technology.

Windows 8 is the most multi-monitor ready version of Windows ever, so the 'ideal' Windows 8 desktop PC will likely be some arrangement of 2+ displays. The question becomes how they're arranged, how big each one is, and how ergonomics and existing peripherals adapt to that configuration. They keyboard and mouse defined the design of today's workstation/desk paradigm, so I think touch will necessitate the next evolution in workstation design.