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Touchscreens: What’s the latest in the touch screen market?

Curious about what’s happening with touch technology? A lot, as it turns out. If you’ve been in the touch industry for any length of time, you know that there is NO perfect touch technology, so its important to evaluate the application requirements and understand the strengths and limitations of the technologies in question.

Touch International was recently interviewed in Touchscreens: What’s the latest? which provides great insight into the touch screen market. Take a look!

Touchless Gestures – the next frontier of touch technology

Big changes in touch and interactivity are coming quickly (see the Top 5 Touch Trends segment) and the concept of “touchless gestures” or enhanced motion recognition has the potential to change a lot of what we know about touch. The good news for touch screen manufacturers is that this touchless technology is a long way off  from claiming any sizable share of the marketplace for a couple of reasons:

1)  Let’s face it, touchless gestures are not yet practical for many touch screen applications.
2)  These emerging technologies are still largely in their infancy.
3)  The market hasn’t found a good place for them yet.

But touchless gestures are a cool idea, and are, no doubt, part of our interactive future. The popularity of Nintendo’s Wii, has demonstrated the need for enhanced motion recognition and digital interaction with display devices. And now Sony, with the Move, and Microsoft, with Kinect, have signaled a substantial response to the Wii, enabling much more sophisticated interactive capabilities [Mark Fihn, Top 5 Touch Trends].

This video below from the Virtopsy Project shows that there is, in fact, huge potential for these motion recognition devices and demonstrates how Microsoft’s Kinect can be used to control a Medical PACS system. I dont think the technology is quite where it needs to be, but the Virtopsy Project presents some real food for thought.

See the Virtopsy Project in motion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6CT-YDChmE

Signing out.

Touch Girl.

Top 5 Touch Trends

Top 5 Touch TrendsTouch trends you need to know to keep your business on track
By Mark Fihn, Veritas et Visus

Highlighting some of the exciting developments that will likely expand the touch market over the next few years, Mark Fihn, Veritas et Visus, gives you the inside scoop to keep your business ahead of the curve. Fihn forecasts where the market is headed, which technologies are showing strong growth and what touch products are on the rise. Read the full article to learn more.