Amazon’s recent acquisition of TouchCo, a New York based startup focusing on multitouch technology has given rise to speculations that the company might be working on what NY Times calls a “Super Kindle” – a device that can take on competition from Apple’s iPad more head-on.
So what does TouchCo actually do? The company has built a patent-pending multi-touch technology that unlike traditional capacitive screens can detect any object and not just a finger and process actions based on the pressure applied. Apparently, this also consumes lesser power and costs less to produce.
This could mean that Amazon shall be able to build a multi-touch device at a cost lower than the iPad. Having said that, this is just one small bit in a large array of features that Amazon will have to build on its Kindle in order to serve as any sort of significant threat to the iPad and it will be interesting to see how Amazon increases the features on the Kindle to take on its competitors in the months to come.[via NY Times]