Westinghouse to offer large Windows 8.1 touchscreen PCs up to 84 inches

In July 2012, Microsoft acquired Perceptive Pixel, a company that was famous for making huge touchscreen displays of up to 82 inches for clients like CNN. Since then, Microsoft has been showing off how the division's big screens can be used with Windows 8 and 8.1. Now a new competitor has come forward to challenge Microsoft and Perceptive Pixel on their own ground.

The company, believe it or not, is Westinghouse. Yes, the business that is usually known for kitchen stoves has recently announced plans to release a line of touchscreen "whiteboards" that are compatible with both Windows 7 and 8. Westinghouse showed off one of the models on their YouTube channel in an unlisted video.

The company plans to release the 6 point touchscreen displays in 55, 65, 70 and 84 inches. All of them support HD resolutions and the 84-inch model goes up to 4K resolution. Westinghouse will also offer an optional PC module that can be attached to the screen in the back but users can also hook up their own PC if they want. It also comes with some proprietary software that offers up text recognition when a user draws on the screen, among other features.

The video does not offer up any information on pricing or availability, nor does the listing for the touchscreen models at the Westinghouse Digital website. However, we would expect they would be at least as expensive as Perceptive Pixel's products. Microsoft's 52-inch model sells for $7,000.

Source: Westinghouse on YouTube via ZatzNotFunny

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Now a new competitor has come forward to challenge Microsoft and Perceptive Pixel on their own ground

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The company plans to release the 6 point touchscreen
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Come on now.
Everyone who knows PixelSense technology knows that a 6 point touch system is not a competitor.

That's like saying the iPad competes with a full on PC.

The company, believe it or not, is Westinghouse. Yes, the business that is usually known for kitchen stoves...

You're think of "White-Westinghouse". The "Westinghouse" in this case is "Westinghouse Digital".

And is a subsidiary of CMO (which sold PC displays in the US, under that brand, going back to the days of EGA) and ODM'd both TVs and PC displays for other companies (including AOC). Even the CMO displays I've seen aren't necessarily "bad" - they are, however, inexpensive (which is often a selling point in and of itself). Also, there have been some rather infamous "name-brand" flubs in the PC display space (have we forgotten about no less than IBM, which flubbed badly on the original Personal System/2 Display 8514 - the de-flubbed replacement was the 8515).

Isnt it bad for your eyes to be staring at a huge screen while you stand like 5cm away while doing touch screen things.

this has been standard equipment for years in europe, of course not windows 7 or 8 but the device is very old news.

I convinced my dad to buy a 47" Westinghouse LCD about 8 years ago. It's still one of the best I've seen.

I like the company.

I'm just bitter they chose to install (and show the tile on the screen) an app called MyRadar, instead of my competing app, Weather Radar Pro.

Krome said,
I really really really want that 110" display. I wonder how much it will cost. Around 20K$ maybe.

Not sure it would be enough....

techbeck said,
I'd rather have an 84" TV instead. But of course that is for personal use.

Why? It is a 84" TV. It's a 84" touchscreen TV. Never touch it, and it magically transforms into what you'd prefer

JHBrown said,
After I saw Westinghouse, I immediately cringed. Westinghouse and "displays" don't go hand-in-hand.

Are you speaking by experience? I have a great LCD monitor/tv 47" that works great.

ccoltmanm said,

Are you speaking by experience? I have a great LCD monitor/tv 47" that works great.

Yes, from experience. I had 2 Westinghouse TN computer monitors and 3 46 inch Westinghouse televisions for the house. They never failed me, but when I moved into another tax bracket and was able to afford panels from the "big three" the features and picture quality made my Westinghouse displays look like scht. Put a new Westinghouse beside a new Samsung, LG, or Panasonic Plasma and your eyes will fall out of their sockets in amazement.

Edit: We bought our Westinghouse televisions when we bought our house. I had a guy come out to calibrate all sets. He literally laughed when he saw our televisions. He told us that Westinghouse was a budget friendly brand and no matter what calibration settings he came up with, it would never look as good as the Sammies, or LG's, or Sony's. We stuck with our Westinghouse for 3 years until a neighbor upgraded his house with televisions from Samsung. It was unbelievable that two brands can be so different.

Edited by JHBrown, Jan 1 2014, 4:31am :

Fritzly said,
In the '80s and 90s Sony TVs ruled; no others were able to render the colors of the skin as the Trinitron.
I remember the Trinitron! I had a Magnavox but wanted the Trinitron.

I had 2 Westinghouse TN computer monitors and 3 46 inch Westinghouse televisions for the house. They never failed me, but when I moved into another tax bracket and was able to afford panels from the "big three" the features and picture quality made my Westinghouse displays look like scht. Put a new Westinghouse beside a new Samsung, LG, or Panasonic Plasma and your eyes will fall out of their sockets in amazement.

TN panel, there's your issue.

Oh and btw, Samsung makes the lcd panels for Sony, Philips and Panasonic tvs And sometimes Samsung buy their panels from AUO and CMO (CMO makes the panels from Westinghouse).

-Razorfold said,

TN panel, there's your issue.

Oh and btw, Samsung makes the lcd panels for Sony, Philips and Panasonic tvs And sometimes Samsung buy their panels from AUO and CMO (CMO makes the panels from Westinghouse).

I am aware of all of that. ;-)

JHBrown said,
I am aware of all of that. ;-)

Then how can you proclaim they are a lower end quality product?

Here is how it works, you can buy any of the big '3' brand lower end models and they will suck just as much as a cheap Westinghouse.

Cheap is cheap, period.

Side Note:
If you moved to another tax bracket, why are you still messing with flat panel LCDs for your primary viewing experience? You can't get a flat panel LCDs to fill a nice 300" plus space for a proper theater setup.

This doesn't even require a higher tax bracket if you have the extra space, just darken a spare bedroom and make it the media room, get a good $1000-2000 1080p projector.

And if you are in a higher tax bracket, you can get nice 4K projectors that are better than most smaller theaters for under $30K.

CMO = Westinghouse.

CMO acquired the rights to the Westinghouse name for products NOT manufactured by either Westinghouse itself or White Consolidated Industries from the licensor - Westinghouse Electric of Pittsburgh (which still exists, and is primarily a military contractor). CMO has a reputation as an inexpensive PC and TV display manufacturer and provider under its own name (they have been present in the US alone since the days of EGA) - and they have also been an ODM for other companies (including AOC/Capehart). They are not supposed to compete with the "big boys" in terms of features OR price - just as TN is not intended to compete heads-up with IPS.

Mobius Enigma said,

Then how can you proclaim they are a lower end quality product?

Here is how it works, you can buy any of the big '3' brand lower end models and they will suck just as much as a cheap Westinghouse.

Cheap is cheap, period.

Side Note:
If you moved to another tax bracket, why are you still messing with flat panel LCDs for your primary viewing experience? You can't get a flat panel LCDs to fill a nice 300" plus space for a proper theater setup.

This doesn't even require a higher tax bracket if you have the extra space, just darken a spare bedroom and make it the media room, get a good $1000-2000 1080p projector.

And if you are in a higher tax bracket, you can get nice 4K projectors that are better than most smaller theaters for under $30K.

You are assuming a lot with my higher tax bracket comment. My 4k television I bought in summer serves me perfectly well for the 4-6 hours a week I use it. I could go all out with a home theatre setup but I have other things to do. Our new setup is really for family and friends to use while I'm overseas or out of town. My original comment still stands. Westinghouse branded televisions and monitors look like poop.

Dot Matrix said,
Westinghouse can deliver one of these to my house... You know for testing purposes and reasons.

this is obviously not for the regular home user, it is a product for businesses. Unless you are super rich and don't mind spending $50,000 in this 84 inch touch screen.

Actually, likely customers for Westinghouse are government agencies - which is already the case for Westinghouse's existing LED/LCD displays.