Yifang’s Touch8 Touchscreen Conversion Accessory Should be Bundled with All Win8 Install Disks

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I stopped by the Yifang booth today and I found something much more interesting than the tablets I was expecting.

Yifang has come out with a new way to add a touchscreen to an older laptop.  It involves clipping a sensor to the side of the screen and then using the matching stylus to manipulate the screen.

I got to play with it for a few minutes at CES 2013. The stylus worked quite well at pretending to be a finger on a real touchscreen, and I can see the value.

I personally don’t plan to downgrade to Win8 any time soon, but  spending a few minutes with the Touch8 showed me that when everyone said that Win8 was focused on the touchscreen, they weren’t kidding. I stumbled across several actions which will only work if you have a touchscreen (I don’t see how they can be copied with a mouse), and that’s going to make things interesting for anyone who has downgraded the OS (I see all new versions of Windows as worse than what came before).

I have heard from some readers that Win8 is still usable if you are comfortable with keyboard shortcuts, but I’m not sure how many people are. That’s why I am glad the Touch8 is coming.  I think this is the one accessory that everyone who installs Win8 will need. And even if you don’t think you need it I think it will be a cool accessory to have.

It is unfortunately limited to only working with its own stylus, and the stylus requires batteries. So this is not a perfect solution. But it is still going to be useful. The demo unit was wired and requires a USB port but there is also a  wireless system in the works.

The wired model is expected to hit the US market soon with a retail of $80 to $100. You should probably look for it under the aPen brand.

Yigang is a Chinese gadget maker, and in addition to tablets they also been developing and selling an IR-based pen stylus system.  In the US you may have heard of it under the brand name aPen. I covered one model at CES 2012 that turned an iPad into a Wacom type drawing tablet, and I also reviewed a Yifang-made Android tablet with an integrated stylus.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. reichsputin12 January, 2013

    Haven’t yet tried Win8, but what I think will be the best way to implement finger control on a non-touchscreen display is the Leap Motion controller.

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