Apple and Samsung to Fight it Out for RPO Touch Technologies

October 31, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Samsung and Apple have been hot news with their ongoing legal battles. Now there’s a new kind of fight brewing between them.

This time, it’s for the ownership of the manufacturing assets and patent portfolio of the California-based company, RPO.

RPO is the company that’s credited with the development of Digital Waveguide Technology, which is a superior touch option that doesn’t need a touch-sensitive layer as is seen in current touchscreens.

RPO’s development gather’s the input from the user’s fingers or stylus through the help of projected beams of light, which obviously the user can’t see.

We hear from iRunway that the system is far more energy-efficient and allows screens to be brighter with better contrast.

Even though they have a developed technology in their hands, the company went bankrupt, and their only hope is to auction off their IP portfolio, which is scheduled for the 3rd of November.

The Cupertino-based company had also recently gained a patent for an alternative method to do away with the touch overlay.

But despite their achievement, Apple is expected to make a strong bid for the technology. Samsung too is expected to be a top contender, for the technology would help them compete against Apple and they would also be able to use it in legal battles.

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