Hi nui group!
I have known about this technology and the methodology behind this for a while now (and thought it was quite ingenious when I read about it years ago), and have wanted to implement it.
I was given an older dell 20 or 22” monitor a couple years back, and realized it was perfect for what I wanted to do. It sat, and sat, and sat, for literally years collecting dust in my closet. I finally took the time to disassemble it to the bare lcd, and controller, and realized I was going to have issues with the flex cable being much too short to allow for the lcd to work and not have the matrix boards obstructing too much of the boards. I went onto digikey, and bought a flex cable that matched the same dimensions that I needed (and 8 inches long vs like 1.5 inches) for $8, (i needed 30 cents worth of other parts for another project, but couldn’t justify spending $8 on shipping for 30 cents, so I figured I may as well try with the cable). Well it came in and it works perfectly.
now I am just sort of in the imagination stage/design stage where I need to sit down and really think out the logistics of how I will be assembling the table, buy the parts, build up a test rig, and then once everything works, draw up a nice looking design for a coffee table with the screen in the center. I need a table for my new college apartment, so may as well implement the screen into it and have it be really impressive to guests.
My main goal as of right now is to have a very user friendly interface, which I think windows 8 will be perfect for. Fun multitouch apps like google earth, maybe some games, a multitouch internet browser, and I would also like for it to run xbmc, where it outputs the video to the tv via one of those wireless hdmi outlets. Another thing I saw that was pretty cool was a mathematics program called “hands-on mathematics” that was being developed by some people at brown university. It would be very nice to do my engineering homework using my multitouch table as a very strong tool.
Any informative links you could give me to read would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.