The technology used on our computer and smart device screens have improved a lot in the past decade or so. In fact, the use of touch screens was not so popular back then. Most of the monitors then were passive; they were good only for displaying images and data. Data entry for most computers then were done through the use of keyboards, mouse and touch pads. And as for the quality of images on the screen, it has advanced from a barely recognizable to high definition capable of displaying more colors than the naked human eye can see. And the various technologies used on touch screens have progressed to enable very fast response and recognition of dozens of simultaneous touches; the multitouch screen has arrived. A techcrunch.com article report that smart phone screens would soon be thinner!
Advantages of the Multitouch Screen
When the first touch screens were introduced, people were amazed at the great new technology which allowed them to input data or access files through simple touches. It did not matter that the early screens were only capable of recognizing a single touch at any one time – they offered sufficient convenience for the user that they were very popular even although they were very expensive. But when interactive screens with multi touch capability came out, they gave users an even higher level of convenience.
First off, it is easy to collaborate using a screen with multi touch capability. It does not really matter whether the users are colleagues working together on a project, a group fine tuning an ad campaign with the clients, students discussing a lesson with their teacher or real estate agents presenting their products to clients; a multi touch screen helps make their jobs easier, more professional, and much more efficient. It also helps that using interactive screens make presentations just a bit more impressive.
The ability to direct the computer by directly touching the display screens makes learning easier. Clutter around work tables and offices are reduced because you don’t need to use a separate keyboard and mouse for each user.
Manipulating images is also a breeze with multi touch screens. Using simple gestures you can open files, rotate and resize objects, input data and share content. There are software upgrades which allow you to program a multi touch screen to respond to custom gestures. With interactive screens having multi touch capability interacting with our computers and smart devices, and using social media has never been easier.
Why Some People Do Not Like Touch Screens
Despite the many advantages of interactive multi touch screens, some people have a hard time using them and would rather switch back to the keyboard, mouse, and touchpad combination. On touch screens users cannot touch the individual keys on a keyboard. Thus poor eyesight can cause errors in data entry. People with ‘fat fingers’ also have a hard time entering data correctly. Some touch screens are sensitive to smudges or dirt on its surfaces.
But if you have good eyesight and nimble fingers, multi touch screens can make data entry, file access and object manipulation very convenient. If not, it may be best to keep using computers and phones with passive screens.