AAEON has released this for the aesthetically conscious automation deployment, and it actually looks quite nice as well as being rugged enough to hold up in a pure industrial environment. And with home automation becoming more prevalent, it can also fit in there as part of a contemporary design.
That's true, Cabe, plastic is a lot more durable. But I think glass looks a lot nicer. And how often do you really drop a screen or a computer? Hopefully not that often! (Although of course, dings do happen.)
Yes, tablets and cells could definitely use more ruggedized screens. I've never smashed up a screen myself but I have seen iPhones with smashed screens that are virtually rendered useless. That's a pretty expensive piece of useless machinery! I think in this case, the glass suits the design pretty well.
Since they are doing a dual target of industrial and home use, I'm surprised that they are using the capacitive touch. Many industrial plant are now requireing gloves as a standard safety precaution, which don't work that well with capacitive.
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Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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