A next-generation screen for the iPhone?

Sharp unveils a touch-screen panel that's half as thick as the one that now sits in Apple's phone.

Published August 31, 2007 5:50PM (EDT)

Sharp LCD with embedded optical sensors

Sharp, which is one of the manufacturers providing multi-touch screens for the iPhone, has just put out a newer, thinner, more advanced touch panel. At 1 millimeter thick, the new screen is half as deep as the old one, an advance made possible by Sharp's embedding a touch sensor in each pixel of the display.

The screen can also act as a scanner, collecting barcodes or business cards or even the prints off fingers you place on it. Mass production of the screen will begin next spring.

[Sharp, via Engadget.]

By Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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