How to convert a Laptop Screen into a Touch Screen

It would be so great if you could write on your laptop screen rather than type out the letters. The idea of eliminating the work of punching in the sentence by straightaway writing on the screen as if you were writing on a piece of paper, is now within reach. Touch screens provides the flexibility of writing or drawing shapes that are difficult to produce using keyboards. Needless to say, a touch screen laptop can be very expensive to buy, which can easily be twice the price of a regular laptop, if not more. But help is at hand. There are many innovations in the market that make it possible to convert a regular laptop screen into a touch screen at a nominal cost. One of those inventions is called The 'Laptop Pen PC Tablet' or 'Laptop Tablet' by NAVIsis, a Korean company.

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The project This NAVIsis 'Laptop Tablet' turns any laptop into a touch screen tablet in a twinkle of an eye, and that too for just $130. Isn’t that marvelous? Just snap Navisis Laptop Pen PC Tablet onto the side of your screen and you're all set to use the ‘reformed’ laptop’s screen as a touch screen to your heart's content. The NAVIsis Laptop Tablet does not directly transmogrify the standard LCD screen but the small attachment latches itself onto the side of the display, via a USB to give you a touch screen-like interface. Difficulty Level Moderate Difficult it may sound or seem, but converting your laptop screen into a touch screen with the help of the NAVIsis Laptop Pen PC Tablet is only just moderately difficult. You only need basic computer knowledge to create the magic. Estimated cost Buying an out an out touch screen laptop from the market can surely burn a hole in your pocket. But using the NAVIsis laptop tablet can reduce your cost to the minimum, while giving you the same experience of a touch screen laptop. Available anywhere from $ 130 to $ 160, the NAVIsis laptop pen tablet is definitely a boon for those who wish to enjoy the experience without paying dearly for the same. Resources required Resources required to transform your laptop screen into a touch screen are few, and easily and cheaply available in the computer market. You will need the NAVIsis Laptop Pen PC Tablet package, Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista operating system, USB cable and NAVIsis laptop pen tablet PC software. With just these few things you can turn your dream into a reality, and that too at a very moderate cost. Instructions The first step towards converting your laptop screen into a touch screen is checking system compatibility. It is important to mention here that the NAVIsis Laptop Pen PC Tablet is only compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista operating systems. The package includes a station, which receives ultrasonic and infrared signals from the digital pen, a wireless digital pen, a station clip to attach to the laptop screen, a plastic screen protector that can fit up to a 15-inch wide screen and a USB cable that connects the station to the laptop's USB port. Next, place the plastic screen protector by clipping it onto your laptop's screen. Step three is to clip the station or transceiver on either side of the laptop screen. Choose the side closest to the USB port to make sure that the USB cable will reach it. Now, attach the USB cable to the USB, with the thin or small end connecting to the Navisis station and the fat or big end to the USB port. Download the Navisis laptop pen tablet PC software to your laptop. Click on the laptop pen icon on the lower right hand corner of the task bar using the stylus pen, after software installation. Next, set up your work area. Select laptop mode from the menu. Adjust the work area. Choose the option that matches your laptop's screen size, defined by the X and Y axis. For example, choose 14.3 inches if that matches your screen's dimension. Then, click "OK." Now synchronize the cursor with the tip of the pen. Place the tip of the pen against the "X" mark on the screen. Use the arrow keys on your laptop's keyboard to make sure that the "X" is at dead center. Then hit the "Enter" key on your laptop's keyboard. You are ready to use your laptop screen as a touch screen. Isn’t that fast and easy? You can test it with any Microsoft Office application. Use it on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet Explorer to type words, numbers and any characters. For example, while using Microsoft Word, click on "Ink On," located on the upper menu of MS Word. Write on the screen using the stylus pen freely. Then save your document when done by clicking "Save As" and naming the file. Frequently asked questions Can my current monitor or laptop be upgraded to a touch screen? Any monitor or laptop screen can be upgraded to a touch screen provided it fulfills all the criteria listed above. There are external add-on touch screens that hang over laptop or LCD screens, and can be converted it into a touch screen. However, not everyone has been found to be happy with the solution. The add-on touch screens are awkward to use and can be easily damaged. So while there are many ways to turn your screen into a touch screen, it is totally up to you whether you will enjoy the experience or not. Quick tips There is one catch while using a touch screen. When navigating on the Internet, you will need to use your keyboard to type the URL; the stylus pen only acts as a mouse or clicker. Things to watch out for Here are some words of caution and advice. Remove the station/transceiver from the side of the laptop screen. Place it flat on the table or desk. Clip a piece of blank paper using the station/transceiver. Click on "Tablet Mode" before using the stylus pen. Replace the stylus tip with an "ink" tip, which also comes with the package. Open MS Word or any MS Office application. Write on the blank paper using the stylus pen with the ink tip. The words, numbers or any characters you write on the paper should also appear on MS Word on your screen. Use tablet mode if you want to draw from a piece of paper and you want what you draw to be entered into your computer. Via : Mobilemag / Ehow / Ezinearticles / Touchscreensolutions.

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