Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Oct 2009 18:39 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces OSNews takes a look at the technology powering the latest generation of touchscreen personal computers. Have the stars finally aligned to give the touch interface the combination of price, precision, sensitivity, and software support to make it attractive to the mainstream PC buyer? And if so, what does that mean for the elusive Tablet PC? We take a look at a Dell Studio One, which is powered by NextWindow's optical touch screen technology. (With video)
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by darknexus on Mon 19th Oct 2009 23:30 UTC
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The issue I see, even once touch screens become available for the average computer user, is the way applications and other software programs are designed. They're designed for a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The iPhone's touch interface is so efficient and quick because all of the applications are designed for it and do not cling to desktop ui design. Contrast that with, for example, windows mobile which clings much more to standard desktop interface designs. I can't see it being as nice if we still, say, have to reach to the top of the screen to select an item from a menu/ribbon/tab bar/whatever the app in question has, especially if the screen is larger than say 10 inches. It's not just about the tech, it's about the design of the software to use that tech, and I don't personally think that traditional desktop layout is appropriate or streamlined for a touch-based computer. I'm not saying to dumb down interfaces or anything like that, just that traditional layouts may not fit in this context.

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