Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Touching the Future

This article from the Economist details the history of touch screens (all the way back the 1950s) and describes their possibilities for the future. The most interesting aspect of touch screens is the need (or maybe natural evolution) for gestures. “Gestures” are the actions of the hand or input device on the screen, which create a certain action. How great would it be to create this standard touch language? … and facing the task of making distinct motion gestures for the device to understand, but simple enough for the user to learn. Touch screens are helping the computer become tactile, 3-dimensional and taking on more physical qualities than ever before.

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