The TouchJet Wave Turns Any Screen Into a TouchScreen
While touchscreens are a relatively new addition to the media interaction experience, there is no doubt in most minds that they make life significantly easier across a wide variety of devices. With modern TVs, computer monitors, tablets, and phones all including touch screens, they’re useful almost anywhere with a screen, and for good reason. Humans like to interact with what they’re doing in the most real way possible, and that’s via touch. Unfortunately, if you want your computer monitor or TV screen to have touch functionality, you will have to spend big, as the average touch screen monitor will cost you between $250-$2,200 depending on your preferred brand, and any touchscreen TV is almost automatically over $1,000. The TouchJet Wave aims to solve that by offering a device that lets you make any screen into a touchscreen. Of course, it’s still on pre-order, but after tripling their funding goals in just 5 days out of a total of 30, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind as to whether or not it will be in stores soon.
So What is the TouchJet Wave?
At first glance, the TouchJet wave looks like a little antenna like gizmo that you attach to your television screen or monitor. After that, it uses infrared technology to track finger movements and taps on the screen, which it sends to a light processing unit for translating gestures into controls. Because it’s a plug and play device, all you have to do is turn it on and run calibration, which allows you to get started quickly. It also features its own Android OS and WiFi, so you can access and download mobile apps and games, like Netflix or Angry Birds, and stream them directly to your TV, without having a smart TV. Of course, most of us already have some form of smart TV, as the cheapest plugin options only cost $30, but it is a nice touch if you don’t have one yet. You can then use your fingers as a stylus, or control the Wave from across the room with the touch remote.
With a 2GB Quad Core, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 8GB of optical flash storage, and Bluetooth, the Wave actually has pretty impressive specs, especially for a device that is primarily meant to turn your screen into a touchscreen.
What are the Drawbacks?
While the Touchjet Wave claims instant calibration, most software has a few bugs. You might eventually have to fiddle around with it a bit to get it working properly, like with the old Microsoft Kinect. Another consideration is greasy hands leaving fingerprints, or long nails scratching the screen, which is a very real possibility. Not only will you have to clean your screen more often, you also might want to invest in a screen protector. What’s more, you’ll have to be close to use the actual touch functionality rather than the remote, and that’s bad for your eyes if you have a normal screen.
Do You Want It?
Whether you want the Touchjet Wave is really up to you, but from a technological standpoint, it looks very cool. With a variety of new functions that you can add to your TV, it’s basically a plug and play smartTV stick on steroids. Of course, at $120, it’s a bit more expensive than a cheap smart TV, but you also get more functionality.
What do you think? Will you be buying the TouchJet Wave?