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Whenever I refer to touchscreen technology in this article/post, I mean to include multi-touch and other touchscreen technologies (whether that be hardware or software).
Ah, touchscreen, my newfound love… Not so much if you’re making me touching you vertically! Giggle! You see, touch technology is great when you use it horizontally. By that I mean holding it horizontally or lying it flat down on a table or so, but you have to breathe over it! It does feel super awkward to touch a screen vertically, and even if the screen such as laptop screen is close enough to your face.
One thing I do know, to reach for a touchscreen vertically, you have to put your one or two fingers that do the touching in vertical position which might not feel so comfy to some people. I know I won’t like it! It sure feels like you have to overwork your whole arm just to make your fingers position in vertical position, right?
With that observation, I think besides tablets and smartphones, I don’t see how other hardware or software can convince people to popularize touchscreen. Of course, I don’t have a magical crystal ball, therefore I won’t know my suspicion will come true or not. Still, I feel compelling enough that I might be right!
So, is there any hope for touchscreen technology that aren’t fit into the types of portable devices such as tablets and smartphones (not laptops — unless laptops can be fold into tablet-like shape)? Not from my suspicion, but I think vertical screen displays will have better luck with gesture recognition technology. Kinect anyone?
Nonetheless, even with gesture recognition technology, it still feels as if there is something missing. We know gesture recognition technology is a step-up for computing technology in general, but as now it feels sluggish and not so natural to use — after all when using regular keyboard and mouse and trackpad can be more efficient and faster. I guess when they improve the gesture recognition technology even more in the near future, maybe then people might prefer to use gesture recognition technology over the traditional means.
In conclusion, my personal experiences with touchscreen technology (i.e., multi-touch) and gesture recognition technology (i.e., Kinect) tell me that these technology might be only useful when they are specialized. So, in a way touchscreen technology can be used best with tablets and smartphones and the likes, but not otherwise. Vertical displays might be best with the traditional means such as keyboards and mouse, but special circumstances such as using super huge displays from a distance might be perfect for gesture recognition technology. This is why I don’t think mouse, keyboard, and trackpad will go away anytime soon.