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Touch Screen Software on ASUS EEE PC T91MT

While it’s nice to see the fast development in touch screen hardware, software vendors will need to create more finger-friendly touch screen software, for finger and pen computing to catch up. One promising example is ASUS’s Touch Gate software.

Touch Gate software is a replacement for the default Windows desktop.

The main interface is designed as a 3-sided cube. The main sections are:

  • standard windows explorer desktop,
  • touch enabled applications and
  • web widgets.

You can move between screens by flipping with your finger over a window.

The main section includes a large row of icons, that lead you to five applications.

Pressing the button in the bottom shows you all applications.

Configuring the toolbar is easy and fun. Available applications are displayed on a carousel, which you spin around, then move the desired application to desired location.

ASUS tries to make web browsing more finger friendly by providing a virtual keyboard and zooming support for Internet Explorer.

PhotoFun lets you view photos in different ways. Arranged in rows or scattered around the desktop. You can use your fingers to move them around, re-size or rotate them. It even allows you to create instant photo albums.
When browsing trough your book-like album, you may flip the pages with your finger, with realistic eye-candy animation.

Sticky notes allow you to hand-write reminders and stick them to your desktop. You can even share them across Eee PCs.
In addition to Journal, Sticky Notes are the only application that supports palm rejection.

You can position Yahoo widgets (like weather widget or battery life indicator) on the background and drag them around.

Most of the icons are big and work great with fingers. Pressure sensitivity is supported in most applications (but must be manually activated). Palm rejection, on the other hand, could be supported in more applications.

While new interfaces usually have a big learning curve, Touch Gate software works naturally in intuitively.

Touch screen software still has a long way to go, but examples like Touch Gate show us, it’s time for touch screen computing.

Get it at Amazon: Asus Eee PC T91MT-PU17.

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5 Responses to 'Touch Screen Software on ASUS EEE PC T91MT'

  1. James - March 15th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Just wanted to say again that I’m enjoying your posts. Really well informed opinion. I’m excited about some of the software you mention here but I think I’m going to wait for the next generation. Looks like the bugs are getting worked out and converting to a touchscreen interface is going to be easy to do and add functionality soon.
    Thanks again for all the great info.

  2. Damian - March 18th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    What I would like to see listed more clearly, and in bullet points, are the benefits you would get from using the asus eee thing. Exactly how is this little thing supposed to help me in my life.

  3. Cynthia - March 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    As long as the software is intuitive, you will not only grab and keep the touch screen software market, you will create new target audiences who are technologically intimidated.

  4. bombadda - April 5th, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I have one of these. Pretty good little package. Ran a little sluggish at first install but adding a gig of ram and uninstalling all the gimmick bloatware made it pretty good for a eee. I have it almost permanently in tablet mode without the keyboard in use.

    I’ll try to cover a few of the important points…

    The on screen keyboard is ok although it’s missing F1, F2, ect. It is re-sizable and always on top, so it doesn’t disappear. It can be accessed by a small tab pinned to the side of the screen – I have it at thumb position of the hand holding the pad. Works well.

    Touch is fairly sensitive and accurate, most tasks can be done with a finger, although sometimes the stylus is needed. Realistically you won’t be seeing or doing much in the way of multi-touch that works well; zooming isn’t smooth, rotating isn’t usually supported.. hoping for some better MT software soon.

    There are some Firefox extensions available which will improve the touch and zoom support when web browsing.

    Hand writing recognition works surprising well, even with my chick scratch. The input box is quite intuitive and a viable option instead of the on-screen keyboard. The bundled ‘Journal’ software is good and includes convert-to-text and pressure sensitivity. Decent for drawing also.

    Palm suppression for all intensive purposes is non-existent.

    Video runs flawlessly in full screen, however with r-click menus open there is some chop (VLC).

  5. TouchScreenFan - April 5th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Hey, bombadda!
    Thank you for this insightful comment.

    It seems there is partial palm suppression in some apps, so this HAS to be a software issue.
    I also hope they upgrade this software pack. I hate to see decent hardware not being used to full potential, due to insufficient software.

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