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Touch Is Not Enough, Say Display Experts


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Experts in touch technologies recently gathered at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference to explore the future of touch and interactivity for computer and consumer appliances. Determining how people interact with machines is fundamental to finding the right mix of touch technologies.

Microsoft Research's Bill Buxton says that despite the success of Apple's iPhone, much more work is still needed in touch technology. "Consumers have accepted touch technology as an input technology," Buxton says. "The question is has this acceptance stifled innovation or are others just in the mode of catching up to Apple's success."

Some interface experts are encouraging people not to abandon classic tools such as pens. "The pen is natural to most people, provides accuracy for precise and detailed operation, and is efficient in content creation," says Wacom's Steve Sedaker.

A paper delivered at SID called for a measuring stick for evaluating multi-touch panels. The researchers maintain that existing metrology gives useful data with regards to the mechanical and optical performances of touch panels, but tactile performance has never truly been measured.

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