The mailman brought me a package from Mindsensors today!  The TouchPanel sensor is here and it looks great.  I’ve taken some quick pictures so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

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Front view, the screen is slightly less bright when viewed straight on but doesn’t seem affected at all if viewed at a slight tilt. I take it there’s a small processor in there somewhere.The sensor connects to the NXT with a ribbon cable.

The area on each side of the screen function as 8 buttons, 4 on each side. Very cool.  You will need to buy a stylus to go with it, though.  The user guide suggests a Technic axle but they can have very small edges on them that could potentially scratch it.  I would spend the extra $2 for a cheap stylus from your local electronic gadget store. The sensor’s price point will be around $50.

I’ll write some more when I’ve actually had a chance to play with the software.