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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Comment by Yehppael
by Yehppael on Sat 1st Dec 2012 07:48 UTC
Yehppael
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2012-08-01

Touchscreens have no purpose after a certain size. For a phone or tablet, sure, they're supposed to be small, slim and lightweight.

But after, say 10 inch displays, any movement is very difficult, time consuming and tiring.

The mouse evolved over the years to a certain shape to fit your palm, and generally, you don't need to move more than a few centimetres to reach anywhere on the screen.

The keyboard has the letters specially arranged so people don't suffer from RSI, and when they know how to use it, they generally have to move their fingers very little.

Buttons will always be here. Look at Sony, they had this dilemma with PSVita, and now it has a "touchscreen" which is actually a well placed touchpad.

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RE: Comment by Yehppael
by cwaig_g on Sat 1st Dec 2012 15:30 in reply to "Comment by Yehppael"
cwaig_g Member since:
2009-11-30

The keyboard has the letters specially arranged so people don't suffer from RSI, and when they know how to use it, they generally have to move their fingers very little.


I thought, the keyboard has letters arranged to slow down typing on old mechanical typewriters to avoid proficient typists jamming the things when the arms collided if you typed too fast. Nothing to do with RSI (which hadn't been invented in those days ;) )

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RE[2]: Comment by Yehppael
by zima on Fri 7th Dec 2012 20:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Yehppael"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought, the keyboard has letters arranged to slow down typing on old mechanical typewriters to avoid proficient typists jamming the things when the arms collided if you typed too fast.

That's largely a myth (by the time QWERTY took its ~final form, started getting popular, there were no technical reasons... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY#Contemporary_alternatives ), promulgated by the proponents of some alternatives (while http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard#Controversy )

Plus, QWERTY/Z was used internationally in old mechanical typewriters, in many different languages - you'd think it would make a difference, jam easily in some languages; but it didn't do that.

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RE: Comment by Yehppael
by zima on Fri 7th Dec 2012 21:35 in reply to "Comment by Yehppael"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Touchscreens have no purpose after a certain size. [...] after, say 10 inch displays, any movement is very difficult, time consuming and tiring.

That's like saying big drawings are awkward ...drafting tables are often quite large. Big touchscreen could be awesome for manipulating media, or as a proper evolution of the drafting table.

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