HP leads the way with fingertip interface for TouchSmart PCs

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While Apple was hogging all the headlines for the iPhone 3G launch last week, PC manufacturer HP hit back with new versions of its TouchSmart PC range that will feature an innovative touch-screen user interface. John Stokdyk reports.

The new HP TouchSmart family of PCs includes proprietary software that can interpret commands from two fingers moved on the PC screen. Apple's iPhone uses a similar system to let users zoom in and out of web pages and resize images and application windows. Microsoft developed a coffee table-like Surface Display prototype, but aside from HP, no manufacturer has picked the idea and developed it yet.

HP already uses touch technology in its iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion, Pavilion Tablet Notebook PCs and Phot...

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