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Written by: Andrew Pearson on Apr 6 2010, 9:27am

Touch Screen: The future?

Windows 7 has the much touted Touch Screen technology so users can simply launch programs etc by touching their VDU. Would this actually be a useful feature for you? Certainly from my own perspective it wouldn't be something I can see myself using very often. I don;t sit near enough to my monitors that touching the screen would be easier than using my mouse. Plus if you've ever had to use a public touch screen you know how fiddly and unresponsive they can be. It seems like Microsoft got obsessed by the idea without seeing how practical an addition to the O/S it would be.

What do you think the real next improvement is going to be in PC computing? Personally what I'd like to see more improvements in the handling of resources so that each new O/S seems to use twice the base resources as the last or at least a catering of the O/S to the kind of user. A stripped down, fast o/s for gamers and techies or feature rich for the home user who wants everything in one box.

 

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Bill Warburton says:

I think that touching my monitor would be a bit too much work for me.  I like to type into my keyboard in a very ergonomic fashion.

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Apr 6 2010, 12:53pm | Report

Xu Cao says:

Soon voice recognition will the normal way for a human to interact with a computer. Touching the screen will only be an fall-back method necessary only when voice recognition fails.

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Apr 6 2010, 10:04pm | Report

Paul Bamberger says:

In future decades we will wonder why anyone used keyboards, mice, touch or voice recognition when it's so much easier with the computer is installed in your head.

"I remember my parents telling me how a computer was so large it had to go in your pocket or on your lap or desk!"

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Apr 7 2010, 4:44am | Report

Nacim TAMINE says:

Eye motion recognition is already working fine for disabled people.

I believe that a mix of all this merging technologies will give a fully accessible standard I/O.

 

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Apr 7 2010, 5:17am | Report

Paul Bamberger says:

@Nacim : I've always liked the idea of eye motion recognition. (I still think that the brain control i/o is eventually the way to go. Let's discuss this again, mentally, in 30 years.)

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Apr 7 2010, 5:22am | Report

Simon Jones says:

Paul, never a truer word said.

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Apr 9 2010, 9:43am | Report

Roger Politis says:

Hmmm.. I'm sure touch screen is here to stay alongside the existing input methods, but I'm not so sure about the computer in your head thing, or even for an effective voice recognition...

Let me explain:  Admittedly, to get any of these technologies to work in a satisfactory way, you'd need an intelligent system at the other end, capable of interpreting your intentions and desires. Let's say that such a system exists, and say it's as good as the most intelligent system we have today - us (yeah, a long shot, but sorry, that's the best I've got!)

And now think for a minute: would you rather explain to another person what you want to get done (typed/drawn/printed/computed/coded/etc.), or just go ahead and do it yourself with your little fingers ?

Yeah, you got my drift!

 

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