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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by ins0mniac on Sat 1st Dec 2012 10:30 UTC
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The article is rather biased. When did a trackpad become a "special glass surface" or how did keyboard shortcuts become hard to remember things?
I use a computer everyday, for most of the time that I am awake and comfort and efficiency are obviously among my top priorities. After reading that article you would think that I would have long got myself a touch monitor and I would be waving my hand at it all day long because that's natural, wouldn't I? Well I did the unnatural thing and bought a 4000DPI high precision gaming mouse so I can put the pointer anywhere on the two 1080 screens I use without lifting my palm from the desk. Another unnatural thing I constantly do is learn keyboard shortcuts so even if I have a very efficient mouse I only have to move my hand away from the keyboard only when it's really necessary.
Lifting the hand from the keyboard and swiping down on the screen takes about a second, pressing Alt+F4 or Cmd+Q/W takes miliseconds.
I never tried to touch the screen of a computer in order to interact with it, although I did try to do it on dumb phones when I had one in my hand.

Yes, my comment is also biased and touchscreens might takeoff in laptops someday, but you can't stop wondering how Microsoft spent that entire $1.5bn W8 launch budget.

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