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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Since the days I've been using the Psion 5 I realized - touching screens is useful and works for me.

I liked the touch screen on my Psion 5 too. But that's because it was a handheld device with a 5.6" diagonal screen. A screen that lay back when opened, rather than being vertical like a typical laptop/desktop.

The Psion also had a convenient stylus that popped out the side, avoiding fingerprints on the screen. Its EPOC interface was designed for stylus use, and unlike Metro had a finger-unfriendly information density.

"Gorilla arm" comes from reaching out and holding your arm elevated to use a large vertical screen. It's specifically an issue with desktop screens, and to a lesser extent laptops. Nobody is claiming that touch screens are unsuitable for tablets and palmtops.

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