Lots of people developed similar touch tech
Apple didn't launch the iPhone until January 2007.
The Mitsubishi researchers noted in the report that the company installed a "DiamondTouch" table, which is similar to the original Microsoft "Surface" table in 2003. They also said the next year Wired magazine hosted a three-day conference on table technology called NextFest 2004.
Below are some of the photos they included to show the different touch technology at the conference. The technology included photo browsing and annotation software.
August 14, 2012 3:22 PM PDT
Photo by: Screen shots by Greg Sandoval/CNET
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