I've been looking for inexpensive LCD solutions for the BeagleBoard.
By inexpensive, I mean an LCD with a capacitive touchscreen that will
retail for less than a full blown comercial device that includes it
(such as cellphones).
As it is, were the interfaces compatible, it would be cheaper to buy a
consumer device and cannibalize it for parts than to order a single
LCD, let alone the capacitive touchscreen, which is usually sold
separately, if even available to begin with.
Kits such as those from beagleboardtoys usually only provide the
resistive option. This is an issue for prototyping appliance UIs,
since the experience is radically different, from an end-user
Is there a reason for the high prices/low availability? Are there any
patent issues I am not aware of? The technology doesn't look like it
should be expensive, except perhaps for manufacturing tolerances.
Of course, once the final product is complete and there is proper
funding, the usual channels will open up, such as direct negotiations
with manufacturers, buying in quantities. There is a long road until
that point is reached, however