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    I was looking at capacitive solutions and came across this interesting product....
    http://www.ezscreen.com/thrutouch.html

    Our ThruTouch touchscreen is a flexible polycarbonate sheet. It contains a nearly invisible grid that projects a very low amperage capacitance field through almost any non metallic material.

    This allows you to add frameless, "through-glass" touch interaction to a store window, museum display case or kiosk using your existing LCD monitor or digital projector.

    Don't limit your imagination to flat surfaces or standard sizes. We can accommodate curved surfaces and custom screens to suit your specific requirements.
    If this works when placed UNDER the LCD panel it would nearly eliminate the need for a glass plate over the top of the LCD itself, reducing the glare/reflectivity that the extra glass adds to the screen. Their size lists 30" - 100" tho.....

    Not to mention it can be applied over curved surfaces making the possibility of turning your entire windshield into a touch panel (a little sci-fi I know...and obnoxiously dangerous to reach all over your windshield)

    I haven't looked into it much, but just thought I'd share it in case anyone else had the time/effort to look into something like that.

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    If you placed that UNDER the LCD, you would be replacing the LCD about once a month!
    There is a jelly layer that sits between the thin film transistors that when pressed distort the image. Try lightly pressing your LCD monitor and you will see hat I mean. That is exactly how bruises, dark blotches, etc occur on an LCD panel. Pressure on the LCD is a big no-no.

    FYI: I thought about the windshield thing too!! I figured a HUD projecting the PC image onto the windshield would be awesome. But, I would look damn funny poking at different spots on the windshield

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    • #3
      yeah, I realized the downside of pressing on the lcd itself....after I posted that

      the idea is wicked cool though...as it does actually allow you to place it under almost any surface...which would include the dashboard or even in the steering wheel. Couple that along with some customized touch areas and you could do away with the steering wheel buttons altogether.


      and the windshield idea is still cool

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      • #4
        there is a film that can be applied to windows to change the opacity of the glass by varying the voltage through it-- there are some youtube videos of a g35 that had this down, and then used a projector to put a image on the side windows.

        it would be awesome to add this film to it as well-- just imagine the possibilities of both films-- you could have a projected key code to open the door!!

        (i am still waiting on the flexible oled display films that are supposed to hit the consumer market in the next couple years)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
          there is a film that can be applied to windows to change the opacity of the glass by varying the voltage through it-- there are some youtube videos of a g35 that had this down, and then used a projector to put a image on the side windows.

          it would be awesome to add this film to it as well-- just imagine the possibilities of both films-- you could have a projected key code to open the door!!

          (i am still waiting on the flexible oled display films that are supposed to hit the consumer market in the next couple years)
          Any change you have a link to the video? That sounds awesome.
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          • #6
            you can always apply an 8th inch sheet of plexi-glass or if you can find it 16th inch between lcd and touch film, that would keep you from damaging lcd
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            • #7
              Originally posted by PaulF View Post
              Any change you have a link to the video? That sounds awesome.
              [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kByrwkTWSjk&feature=related[/media]
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              • #8
                Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kByrwkTWSjk&feature=related[/media]
                Now that is Sick!!!
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                • #9
                  I want some of that film!

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                  • #10
                    for me, the negatives of the film currently outweigh the positives--most of these films use a/c voltage, and the default state of the film--with no power--is opaque, so if this system were to fail, or loose power on the car, the driver wouldn't be able to see... you could setup backup batteries, but that only add complexity to a already complex system...
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