Years ago ASUS made the transition from being just a motherboard company to a notebook manufacturer. These days I'm getting the distinct impression ASUS would like to be much more than just a notebook company. It has been building everything from displays to routers for quite a while now, but ASUS is definitely ramping up its focus on all things peripheral to motherboards and systems. 

At Computex we got a glimpse of two ASUS displays, one that brings integrated Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology (pictured above) and one that integrates touch. Although I wouldn't rely on WiDi as a primary interface for my display due to latency, it does make it easier to temporarily "connect" another machine to your display.

The touch enabled model is obviously aimed at Windows 8 and I expect to see more touch enabled desktop monitors as Windows 8 officially launches. I don't know that touch alone is a compelling feature for Windows 8, but it seems like it's going to quickly become a requirement as it really is a more convenient way to interact with the Metro UI. 

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  • Filiprino - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    Forget Apple. ASUS will be the new king. Now they just have to collaborate with GNU/Linux.
  • dimmz - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    Nice stuff, but I would also like to see a display with the touch routed through DisplayPort 1.2's AUX data channel :)
  • JeffFlanagan - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    and I'll stick them to every wall in my house as art and control panels driven by a central server.
  • Lonyo - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    This sort of tech would make much more sense for a removable display on an all in one dock.
    Rather than making the screen an ARM based Win 8 tablet when detached and Win 8 x86 when docked, make it x86 all the time by having a wireless display/tablet instead.
  • Duraz0rz - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    I'd want that touch display for Windows 8 on my desktop.
  • Impulses - Thursday, June 7, 2012 - link

    Really? How comfortable is it gonna be to reach out across the desk to touch the display concurrently? Not to mention wiping it down afterwards...

    I'm hyped for all the new hybrid mobile designs but I don't see how Metro and all this touch convergence fit into the desk... Maybe if you work at a standing desk or something, otherwise it seems utterly pointless (short of mounting touch enabled displays unto arms that let you move them around and bring them closer etc, but who's gonna do that?).

    MS needs to come up with some sort of more precise Kinect-like input device for PCs with proper drivers and OS support that bridges the gap, otherwise we're gonna live with a huge design divide between what's mobile & touch enabled on Metro vs the traditional desktop.
  • Black1969ta - Saturday, June 9, 2012 - link

    MS is already has a Kinect 2 in the works. Rumors are a 1080p Visible camera, faster sample rates along with faster image processing, for reduced lag, and the ability to determine fine motor motions, like fingers and facial expressions.

    It would enable other expressions besides, simple frowns and smiles, and simulating trigger pulls with finger motions instead of requiring a button press.

    I look forward for the day when Kinect-like control is combined with neural inputs. that should eliminate controller input lag.
  • regorthegreat - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    LeapMotion is already in development and will be release in January that does what you want. It looks like a great device with a reasonable price tag. I just hope it works as well as it appears.

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