Fujifilm harnesses silver for new touch-screen technology










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Fujifilm is looking to bring down the cost of touch screen technology by harnessing materials and manufacturing expertise used in creating film emulsions.Touch screens are quickly becoming the standard interface of nearly every piece of mobile technology. Currently these screens utilize the fairly rare metal, indium. Due to its rarity, indium is responsible for a significant portion in the cost of current touch screen displays. According to Cody Acree, an analyst at Williams Financial Group indium alone adds up to $180 in cost for a 23 – 27″ display. Fujifilm hopes to use its long history with silver to bring down the cost of these displays and grab a piece of the quickly expanding touch screen market.(via Bloomberg)







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solarsky

SILVER??? On the short, but not on the long run. Here’s why:
http://www.visualcapitalist.com/portfolio/the-silver-series-the-history-of-silver-part-1
http://www.visualcapitalist.com/portfolio/the-silver-series-supply-and-demand-part-2
http://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-silver-series-investment-part-3


Xoom

This is why Fujifilm is still in business and Kodak is not. From cosmetics to medical equipment, they’ve done a pretty good job of evolving. At least better than Kodak.


radissimo

Funny that Fuji is the company talking about cost of the touchscreens when they are NOT using them that much…:D


abolit66

technology, shmenology, learn how to make a decent camera first, Fuji!


Felts

What like the XP1, XE1, X100, X100s or the X20? Can’t get much better than those in my opinion…


chexmixing

Yes, they’re decent cameras. However, these cameras (at least the released ones) all have focusing issues. If the cameras could focus consistently, they would be MUCH better.


WT21

slower to focus using CDAF is not really ‘focusing issues’

They’re good cameras.


Arenas

@chexmixing

Focusing issues on the newer X100S and X20? 0.08 seconds not fast enough for you?


Kim Letkeman

Great to hear that Fuji is addressing both cost and availability of a key technology for user interfaces. I hope they are successful with it.


capanikon

Touch screens are not tactile. Buttons and dials FTW.


Kim Letkeman

Did you just use the abbreviation for “for the win?” That’s a rather immature expression, but perhaps fitting when one espouses a view that touch screens and buttons and dials are some sort of dichotomy … take a look at the definitions for “complement” and “augment” … then grab yourself a Panasonic m4/3 camera to try out …


sirkhann

I want some new photo-films and affordable full-colour, high-resolution film scanners. Can we get them, Fujifilm? Please? :)


OldZorki

I assume that future Fujifilm cameras with 27″ touchscreens will be 180 dollars cheaper? Great.


keith james taylor

Could save $180 on 23″-27 touch screens on” nearly every piece of MOBILE techonlogy!!! strong reporters at lest phisicaly.


Cane

This is really going to freak out all the old people buying Fuji’s for nostalgia sake. LOL. MEDIC!


iforum

I doubt it old people are the ones who run t these companies the younger one are their subordinates


SirSeth

Touch screens may be quickly becoming the standard interface, however, for touchscreens to replace the more positive physical “touch” of real buttons and dials would be a shame. As a feature you can turn off or customize sure, but don’t leave me with only touch screens please!


Matt1645f4

Anything that can reduce cost and help the enviroment is good news

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