To touch or not touch….a computer screen

GottaBeMobile: “I am firmly of the belief that touch and multitouch make no real, practical sense on the desktop monitor. As we’ve stated on GBM before, the main problem for touch interfaces on the desktop is “gorilla arm”, that heavy, painful feeling you get in your arm after having it outstretched for an extended period, trying to touch a monitor 20-24 inches away from your body. Sure there are times when touch on the desktop monitor would be handy to just scratch out a quickie OneNote drawing, but for 99% of the time, for 99% of the people, touch on the desktop monitor space just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense even if it came for free. Now on the smaller form factors, Apple has really done the space a lot of service. Users and fanboys alike have been shown how touch and multitouch work on an iPhone. Apple’s advertising for the touch features of iPhone are direct, to the point, and show the audience what is going on without a lot of flash or distraction. Much like the HP ads for their newer IQ-series TouchSmart kitchen PC, the advertising is creative and effective.” – While I agree in theory to what Mr. Locke is saying, there are times when a touch screen is simply the best way to go. Desktop computers may not be the right application for such devices, but a desk surface may be the perfect area for a touch screen. We have several monitors scattered throughout our pharmacy that I would love to see as touch screens. For some reason I feel compelled to touch a computer monitor when I’m standing instead of seated in front of it. Touch screens also make excellent tools for surfing the internet while kicking back on the couch watching football. Now there’s a practical use for touch screen technology.

2 thoughts on “To touch or not touch….a computer screen”

  1. One major reason I hear people say they don’t go with touchscreens is becasue of their high cost and questionable ROI. One thing most people aren’t aware of is many of their existing non-touch displays can be converted to touch at a relatively low cost. With the economy the way it is today, there are many VARS who have inventory they need to move and employees they need to keep busy. While they traditionally prefer to sell new displays they integrate before the sale, many are discounting and marketing their core service in order to generate cash flow. Instead of buying new, many will buy refurb LCDs and have us integrate them with touch. Not all displays can be integrated (space is needed inside the plastic housing to allow for the touchscreen/controller), but they will be able to tell you if it can be. Worth checking out.

  2. Hi Mark – I had no idea that you could convert a non-touch display to a touch screen. I personally love touch screen technology. Thanks for the information.

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