Troll Touch Will Make Your 27-Inch Cinema Display Multitouch For A Price

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At last week’s Back to Mac event, Steve Jobs made a pretty compelling argument against imbuing multitouch into desktop and notebook displays. He argued — rightfully, I think — that multitouch is only workable ergonomically when a gadget can be positioned horizontally: if you have to keep leaning forward to interact with a touchscreen, you quickly develop gorilla arm.

I was pretty satisfied with that answer as to why Apple wasn’t exploring multitouch displays in their current iMacs, Mac Pros and MacBooks, but if you’re not adverse to a case of gorilla arm or two, Troll Touch is now offering a couple of options to bring multi-touch to Apple’s 27-inch LED-backlit Cinema Display.

Troll Touch’s solution comes in two flavors: an integrated display where the front glass has been replaced with an analog resistive panel, or a kit that you can install yourself. Both will cost you a pretty penny: the integrated display costs $2,499, while the kit that you can install yourself costs $1,099. That’s a lot of dosh to drop on a solution to multitouch on the desktop that Steve Jobs would be happy to sell to you himself if only that solution didn’t suck.

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