Hello Kindle Touch: Amazon Buys a Little Multitouch Company

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Ker-BOOM. That's the thundering explosion of Amazon purchasing Touchco, a little company that makes incredibly cheap, infinitely multitouchable displays, and merging it into their Kindle division. Kindle Touch. It actually sounds kind of nice.

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Touchco's touchscreen tech is designed to be cheap—under $10 a square foot—using a resistive display tech called interpolating force-sensitive resistance. What makes it more special is that unlike most resistive touchscreens, it's pressure sensitive, and can detect an infinite number of simultaneous touches. Plus, it's totally transparent (old school resistive touchscreen layers dim brightness and dull colors) and designed to work with full color LCD screens. (Bits has more on Touchco.)

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You know, the kind of gorgeous screen that's perfect for magazines, textbooks, and interactive content. The stuff that E-Ink Kindles can't do right now, but that a certain other reader announced last week can. So! A full color Kindle Touch. Just think about it.

Like we've been saying: The Great Publishing War is just getting started. [NYT]

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Why does everyone think that this means the Kindle will replace its e-ink display with an LCD display?

I interpret this news to mean that Kindle will incorporate an LCD display into the Kindle similarly to how the Nook has one (but hopefully with a much better interface; a half-hour of hands-on with the Nook made me want to smash it on the head of the B&N rep who showed it to me).