Digitimes: Optical touch vendor NextWindow expects that optical touch will become a standard specification like webcam for all-in-one PCs and LCD monitors when the price for dual-touch optical touch panels drops to US$1 per inch.
Current quotes for optical touch solutions are US$2 per inch for dual-touch panels (US$1 per inch for single-touch ones), much lower than those for projected capacitive solutions staying at US$4 per inch, according to Geoff Walker, marketing evangelist and industry guru for NextWindow. Quotes for dual-touch optical touch panels are expected to drop to US$1 per inch in 2-3 years.
The company shipped about 750,000 optical-touch panels in 2009, 70-80% of the touch-function enabled Windows 7 products in 2009, and NextWindow expects to account for over 70% of the market in 2010 amid limited competition.
Canada-based Smart Technologies recently acquired NextWindow. Despite the acquisition, NextWindow's brand, business, production and development will remain the same,