It is always surprising how fast technology advances; and it seems like the pace just keeps getting faster. There is always some new technology undergoing development or getting launched at any given time that it is really hard to keep up with the latest and best. What’s on top at the moment may soon be overtaken by a completely new and disruptive concept in a heartbeat. The same can be said of monitors and smart devices where you cannot really tell for certain which has the latest touch screen technology.
Despite all that, manufacturers are always hard at work improving upon the technologies currently in use, to make them easier to use, sturdier and less sensitive to dirt and interferences. Even the latest touch screen technology at the moment can still use some improvement.
With the introduction of touch technology, what was once just a viewing screen became an instrument of human-machine interaction. This made the monitors and smart devices they were used on even more useful. The technology opened up new ways in which touch screens can be used, such as:
- Information Kiosks: Touch technology gave informational screens the ability to actively interact with its users. With this ability to interact, the user is able to quickly focus on the information he requires by the mere use of touches and gestures.
- Multi Touch Walls: Large touch screens make provide a literally eye-catching way to showcase a range of products or services. What is more, people who show interest in the display will be encouraged to explore for more information because navigating using touch screens is convenient and not as intimidating as using a keypad.
Health Care: Touch screens are very useful additions to medical records keeping, inventories, pharmacies & drug dispensing, medical and dental clinic automation; they help make tasks more accurate and access to information a lot more convenient. Kiosks can be set up to allow patients to register for check-ups on their own, giving the medical professionals more time to do what they do best – treat patients.
Industrial Applications: They are great for use on building automation control screens, and it is easy to integrate biometric security features. The construction of newer screens make them almost impervious to smudges, water and scratches, making them ideal for use on machinery and equipment control screens.
Personal computers and smart devices: Modern multi-touch screens have so revolutionized the way people communicate and socialize that many organizations, like the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), are focused on mobile marketing strategies.
Despite all the technological advancements in touch screens, there remain challenges and room for improvement. Some technologies are sensitive to light, to EMI, to RFI, to smudges and breakage. Perhaps it is most ironic, that touch technology actually removes the element of touch or feel when entering data, which makes it hard to learn to enter data accurately. But with the number of research initiatives under development, it is certain that touch screen technology will continue to push the barriers of human/machine interaction.