The 2021 Escalade Includes a Curved Screen

2021 Escalade

After looking at the Escalades impressive 39-inch real estate of screen Display, one wonders when a fully touch screen car will pop up, making anything from switching gears to stopping your car a digital wonder. 

Even the Jetson’s flying car had handheld controls. This new release has surpassed what Buick had initially been introduced when they spearheaded adding green-and-black cathode-ray-tube displays in their cars in 1986. Later shut down in 1990 since it “violates the First Commandment of ergonomics – you must take your eyes off the road to make any adjustments.” wrote Popular Mechanics.

What To Expect

Back in December, Cadillac said there would be “over 38 inches diagonal of the total display,” leading the general public to assume that there would be one 38-inch panel. In place of that, there are 3 screens in total, with one mounted on top of another.

According to The Verge, “The most important screen for any driver of the new Escalade is the 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster that sits just behind the steering wheel. It’s where speed or other necessary driving information shows up, and like many other modern digital instrument clusters, the one on the new Escalade is modestly customizable. You can toggle it between a full-bleed map, a “night vision” mode that leverages an infrared camera, an augmented reality view that overlays turn-by-turn directions on a live camera feed, or a more traditional three-pane information display.”

The rear panel is one continuous piece of curved glass. It does, however, have two separate displays. On the left is a small 7.2-inch display. This display can show trip information or average fuel mileage. It’s also a place where the driver can change the mode of the instrument cluster. 

The last screen and the biggest of the three is a 16.9-inch touchscreen where you can get your info and enjoy your entertainment. While there’s not much technology news here, as it functions like most other infotainment touchscreens, the design is unique. It features a curved OLED screen and is connected to the overall curved structure of the 38-inch display.

While you can control everything from GPS, Music, Apps, and customize your screens, what does remain utterly free from the digital upgrade is the cabin control features. These remain free from being buried under a menu option and can be physically manipulated. 

Touch Screen Timeline

So how far have touch screens come? From the tech of the first finger driven touch screen to Microsoft rebranding with PixelSoft, here is a timeline to put into perspective how impressive the rapid growth and boom of the last 70 years have been.

1965- the First finger driven touch screen was invented by E.A. Johnson, who is credited for being the inventor of touchscreens.

1970- Dr. G Samuel Hurst invents the first resistive touchscreen, which was actually an accident.

 1971- PLATO IV became one of the first generalized computer-assisted systems that were used in classrooms.

1982- The first human-controlled multitouch device that was invented at the University of Toronto.

1983- HP releases the HP-150, becoming one of the first touch screen computers.

1984– Bob Boie of Bell Labs officially develops the first multitouch screen overlay.

1993- First Touchscreen phone launched by IBM and Bellsouth, the Simon Personal Communicator.

Apple also releases its touch-capable Newton PDA.

1998- Palm Inc. releases the Pilot, which will become the first generation of PDA devices.

1999-  FingerWorks, a company the specializes in multi-gesture input devices, is formed.

2001- Gesture-Based Portfolio Wall is invented for Design Teams by Alias/ Wavefront.

2002- Sony’s SmartSkin introduces mutual capacitive touch recognition.

2004- Touchlight, a gesture-based, 3-D capable imaging touchscreen, is invented by Andrew D. Wilson.

2006- Interface-free touch-driven screen is introduced at TED by Jeff Han.

 2008- Microsoft introduces the Surface Table

2011- Microsoft and Samsung partner up to introduce the SUR40 touch-capable surface with PixelSense technology.

2012- Microsoft rebrands Surface as PixelSense.

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