Why Touchscreens Are Important

Here’s a good article about why touchscreens are important. These interfaces have become mainstream with the success of the iPhone and iPad. Very shortly we’re going to see them graduate from tablet devices to laptop and desktop computers. This transition reminds me of when computer mice first appeared. We all said, “why bother, we know all the DOS commands.” But mice were a big part of bringing computers to the masses. Touchscreens will begin to bring the masses closer to computers, and thereby extend what we can do with computers. 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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