Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Nov 2012 21:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "I was prepared to write that the Windows 8 interface was forcing unnecessary touchscreen controls on people who wouldn't appreciate them, particularly if they were simply grafted onto a traditional laptop. But the more I've used Windows 8, despite its faults, the more I've become convinced that touchscreens are the future - even vertical ones." I can see his point. I, too, have often felt the desire to touch regular and laptop displays, especially when doing things like photo and video.
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RE: No, thank you!
by Alfman on Sat 1st Dec 2012 04:00 UTC in reply to "No, thank you!"
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There are some applications where multi-modal input are useful and better than mouse or keyboard alone on a desktop. But it would definitely cause muscle fatigue for anything longer than short sessions. The obvious solution is to place a separate touchscreen flat on the desktop.

The touchscreen would be most useful for coarse adjustments, like scaling/rotating pictures on screen to make a collage, scrolling/zooming documents, quickly flinging app windows to different monitors, apps could display context sensitive toolbar pallets in games, photoshop, etc. It could also emulate a touchpad if desired. It could be used with or without a keyboard. All the while the primary monitor(s) don't need to be smudged by any fingerprints. And the desktop interface doesn't need to be dumbed down for touch, since only the touchscreen needs to show the touch controls. The touchscreen could highlight the touch hotspots without uglifying the main desktop screen, which solves a major problem with touch today: the lack of touch discover-ability.

Of course, when such systems come to market, I'm sure there will be plenty of fanboys insisting the ideas must have been copied and couldn't be inspired through device evolution.

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