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    Lightpens

    Has anyone used a lightpen as an alternative to a touchscreen?

    Opinions and thoughts are welcome

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    what the hell is a lightpen?
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    You mean a laser pointer? those things you just point with???
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    Microspeed Lightpen

    This is 70's technology which is probably why you don't know about it but it looks like it might work just as well. Remember the old Nintendo gun that you played Duck Hunt with? Same technology. It's basically a light that senses your position on any screen. Anyone know where to buy them and how much they go for?

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    They seems to be available from:
    http://www.screendirect.com/
    I have send an email for informations
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    Microspeed Lightpen

    This is 70's technology which is probably why you don't know about it but it looks like it might work just as well. Remember the old Nintendo gun that you played Duck Hunt with? Same technology. It's basically a light that senses your position on any screen. Anyone know where to buy them and how much they go for?

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    You can buy them from:
    http://estore.fastpoint.com/Products...asp?strCatID=4
    price $398 to $493
    I think that I will pass
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    They seems to be available from:
    http://www.screendirect.com/
    I have send an email for informations

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    Quote Originally Posted by mst
    You can buy them from:
    http://estore.fastpoint.com/Products...asp?strCatID=4
    price $398 to $493
    I think that I will pass
    Not 70's prices then!!

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    Light pens!?!?!?!



    No frickin way! A couple years ago I removed an threw away hundreds of them that were attached to terminals in the hospital I worked for. We replaced them with WindowsNT workstations.

    Why? Aside from the obvious limitations of a dumb terminal, the parts were increasingly hard to come by and very expensive. Light pen = $300+; Mouse = $10. You do the math.

    Since touch screens kits are cheaper and easier to use, why bother with a light pen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom2112
    Light pens!?!?!?!



    No frickin way! A couple years ago I removed an threw away hundreds of them that were attached to terminals in the hospital I worked for. We replaced them with WindowsNT workstations.

    Why? Aside from the obvious limitations of a dumb terminal, the parts were increasingly hard to come by and very expensive. Light pen = $300+; Mouse = $10. You do the math.

    Since touch screens kits are cheaper and easier to use, why bother with a light pen?


    I didn't realize they were that expensive... I guess I can scratch that idea

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    They would only work with crt displays anyway. The technology are similar to a Playstation gun and stuff like that. It is a sensor that reads when the light of the screen passes. (which it obvious doesnt on a lcd screen). Havent seen it (cheap) for pc's since the freq and the resolution of the monitor varies and you would have to recalibrate all the time to fit the screen. The cheap guns for playstations wont even work on a 100 Hz tv.

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