Why Touchscreens Are Important

There was a time when no one could imagine a digital device without a keyboard. However, touchscreen interfaces have become mainstream with the success of the iPhone and iPad. We’re likely to see them graduate from tablets to laptops and desktop computers very shortly.

This transition reminds me of when computer mice first appeared. People said, “Why bother? We know all the DOS commands.” But mice were a big part of bringing computers to the masses. Touchscreens bring us closer to computers and will thereby extend what we can do with them. From the article:

… people tend to get frustrated by the limitations of the tools that we need to manipulate the technology and power inside a computer. We want to do away with mice and keyboards and drawing tables and whatever else we need to get our ideas out of our heads and into the machine. We want to be close.

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