Touch Screen Technology

I was inspired by a recent article to investigate the new touch screens that are being developed by companies like N-Trig and Sony. You may even already own some technology that this, such as some of the new touch screen mobile phones. Below is a video that was posted several months ago that illustrates the technology for a tablet PC. You will begin to see the integration of this technology into desktop PCs in the near future.

I began to wonder about the strategy for placing this technology on desktop monitors. Would it really be useful enough to catch on? One thought that instantly popped into my head is how photos I upload from my camera may be turned on the side. It would be nice to just turn the image from the screen instead of launching software to do it for me. I believe this technology will stick and stay. Also consider how the main interaction with computers has primarily been through the keyboard and mouse for the past few decades. Doesn’t it seem odd that we still tell a computer what to do through a keyboard and mouse. Touch screens make technology physically interactive instead of representative. I wonder if the keyboard and mouse will disappear completely or become secondary in use. Perhaps voice recognition will one day take over.

Several years ago I watched the movie Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within. In one scene, a man interacts with a computer through a virtual keyboard–it only exists through a special eye piece. Microsoft’s new Project Natal is more of a step in that direction, but I find it interesting to see how technology continues to move into the realm of science fiction. Is it possible that this technology could be used with robots so that robots “feel?”

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 3, 2009, in Tech Toys and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. And here is some more info about how this technology works, specifically in regards to Microsoft’s Project Natal and technology that can read human gestures:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/technology/personaltech/12gesture.html

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