The Future Touch [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
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It's one of those odd things that happens over time.
Rolodexes. Film. VCRs. Road maps. Every day, items disappear from the consciousness of certain generations as their uses become obsolete. Someday, possibly soon, you may add "the mouse."
"I believe someday it will be all touch screen," said Tyler Bode, a customer specialist at the Best Buy in Dubuque. "I do think it will take over."
Touch screens have increased in popularity over the years - from casino gambling to airport kiosks, to smartphones, tablets, e- readers and even some digital cameras, washers, dryers and refrigerators.
The relatively logical step for every laptop and desktop computer to move in that direction took a major jump with the October release of the Windows 8 operating system, which promotes touch screen computers with its block features and swipe and pinch command options.
The operating system has received mixed reviews, mainly because a touch screen computer is needed for the system to reach its maximum potential.
The 2013 Consumer Electronic Show added additional opportunities on that front with a host of touch screen PCs, including Lenovo's innovative, all-in-one table and tablet PC.
Bode said the current available touch screens have been a popular seller to both young and old - the latter because of the relative ease of use and the former because it is all that generation knows and expects.
"It's more fluent to people; it makes multi-tasking much better," he said.
The idea that "everything" might be used as a touch screen also is not as far-fetched as it may seem.
Using the technology in the Microsoft Kinect, a start-up called Ubi Interactive is developing a technology that can turn any surface into a 3D multi-touch screen. That means a projection on any wall or table could become a screen manipulated by a finger.
According to extremetech.com, Disney Research has created a system called "Touche," that can turn almost any object or substance into a multi-touch, gesture-recognizing interface. The technology could turn everyday items such as doorknobs, tables, liquids or even your body, into touch interfaces.
The only question left: How much does the screen protector cost
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