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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No, thank you!
by WereCatf on Sat 1st Dec 2012 01:52 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

On a very small laptop, ie. under 15", a touchscreen might still make sense, but on anything above that you will be stretching your arms for the screen and they will tire. A touchscreen might be useful for certain kinds of applications, but I sure as hell hope people won't be trying to push it as a general replacement for mice and keyboards across the whole board -- if I had to poke at my 24" display across my table, reaching outwards every single time and bending my wrist 90 degrees upwards because poking a touchscreen with long fingernails just doesn't work otherwise I'd have extremely sore and tired arms and wrist very, very quickly.

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RE: No, thank you!
by judgen on Sat 1st Dec 2012 01:53 in reply to "No, thank you!"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Even at 15 tough is rediculous.

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RE: No, thank you!
by Alfman on Sat 1st Dec 2012 04:00 in reply to "No, thank you!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

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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RE: No, thank you!
by Soulbender on Sat 1st Dec 2012 05:37 in reply to "No, thank you!"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You just don't watch enough movies. Everyone useds touchscreens, it's totally awesome.
Movie set designers are the epitome of user interface designers and we can learn a lot from movies about how to create interfaces.
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Like, do the exact opposite. Always.

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RE: No, thank you!
by zima on Fri 7th Dec 2012 21:14 in reply to "No, thank you!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

On a very small laptop, ie. under 15", a touchscreen might still make sense, but on anything above that you will be stretching your arms for the screen and they will tire

It works fine on a 17" desktop replacement, with the elbow resting on the table for support, just in front of the laptop. And I don't have any unusually long arms. Really, try it.

That would cover vast majority of laptops that people buy, laptops being also the (still rising) majority of PCs sold. And the news is about laptops.

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