Edit: Vendor confirmed: Customization is possible with minimum 100-piece order.
It looks like I need a board for the resistive version such as Adafruit TSC2007 I2C Resistive Touch Screen Controller.
I wonder if other people are interested in this?
I would need support to understand how to connect that to the board and configure drivers for Raspberry OS.
In addition, if we are many of us, the manufacturer might be open to customizing the panel to have a good fit on the device.
If you go with resistive it will require a stylus and there is nowhere to store a stylus in the uconsole.
If you go capacitive it will be really hard to use with the default os unless you make all the text and UI really big which will limit usability and productivity. Also the screen is sunk into the device to protect it, but this would make pressing buttons or ui elements that are at the edge of the screen really difficult with a capacitive screen.
Might be good for certain specific apps or use cases but seems pretty niche.
A touchscreen is not niche. Look at how many people have phones with touchscreens. Then you have the pinephone and pinetab family of products. Touchscreen makes things a lot more usable and faster. I have to make text and UI really big anyway because of my vision, I wear glasses. Also haven’t you seen other people saying they want to use the uConsole with Android? They would want a touchscreen especially for Android right?
My thought would be to go the capacitive route and then just make a local web page as a frontend with clickable buttons that were sized properly to click with your fingers. Each of those could trigger different shell actions using a php call, such as launching a program or initiating an update. This is a fantasy console after all, why limit ourselves to the traditional desktop layout?
The seeed reTerminal is not really a comparable device. The uConsole is a portable battery-powered handheld. The seeed reTerminal is a battery-less tethered device more akin to a small monitor/tv screen than a portable battery powered handheld like the uConsole. I’m also unsure if it is feasible to adapt the reterminal’s screen to work with the uConsole if that is what you are saying?
The answer was in response to “trademark91” 's point about a front end to the Uconsole accessible through the screen. Nothing about batteries, nothing abiout the uconsole as a device, nothing about comparisons, nothing about integration, a pure and simple response to a questions about possible front end UI’s of which examples for such are with the Re-Terminal.