The ‘touch’ revolution!

We have had some amazing advancements in the telecommunications/ entertainment industry. Every gadget has had one objective in common though – introducing ‘ease of use’. The iPhone took ‘ease-of-use’ to another level with its capacitive touchscreen technology. Next came the kindle and Sony e-book reader (of which I believe only Sony’s book reader has touch capabilities – For more on book readers, read this crunchgear article) The laptop makers and even biggies like Microsoft and Apple must have sensed this as a huge opportunity. This week, we have had a slew of articles – all speculating about Apple tablet, Microsoft’s tablet – Courier, even a tablet with touchscreen capabilities by HP. The question is – are touchscreen tablets the next ‘in’ thing after mobile phones and book readers? Here’s why I think the answer is Yes –

Touch has the potential to truly lower the language barrier – Today, what holds gadgets off is the interface in English. For expanding into diverse markets like India, lowering the language barrier is essential alongwith the prime factor called cost. As touchscreen gadgets penetrate the market, the ‘qwerty’ keyboard can be replaced with a hindi language keyboard. This itself promises to change lives of many who wish to use gadgets like these.

(Caution: Image below is pure speculation on techblogs as of now. There has been NO official announcement)

Note: This is simply speculation

Note: This is simply speculation right now on various tech-blogs

Touch for ease of use – Icons are possibly the easiest way of identifying with things. Every advanced phone today has one character- icon representation of features. While some phones such as Nokia N95 use buttons to browse icons, latest phones like Samsung star, Nokia N97 and IPhone 3GS are using touchscreen to scintillating effect. Today, calling my best friend is as simple as pressing my finger on his/her photo in the contacts list. That for me is great ease of use.

Why tablets are the way to go?

Even now, for work, people prefer a larger screen. Can you imagine yourself writing a full report or doing a ppt or an excel sheet on a mobile? Majority of people will still say they would like to look at a larger screen. A tablet would not only increase mobility (since these gadgets would definitely be more portable than a laptop) but also aid faster browsing.

Clearly, all major firms in this field must be working towards creating a superb interface . This is one field where one can expect a lot of advances, particularly in 2010.

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3 thoughts on “The ‘touch’ revolution!

  1. Anmol says:

    Just for your information, HP already has touchscreen models in the market. I purchased my tablet from HP, back in July’07 but it was a resistive screen. They moved on to the capacitive screens sometime in 2008. I personally have one at my home and my experience has been very satisfying so far.

  2. Umesh says:

    Way back in year 2000 when I had started my second innings in my professional life : having initiated a start up company with funding from a top 5 company of India: the first and the last thing I always had with my team was : Scaling up ;both the product and balance sheet !!

    Well, Siddhesh, first many thanks for wrting a very simple article on the new facets of technology , and as mentioned in my first para , the biggies :Microsoft, Apple, HP , etc are all Scaling up the mobile to touch-mobile, and then to tablet . , on a daily basis has few inventions , which , if we are tracking , will altogether give a diff direction to the monumental changes in our universe …………………………….

    cheers and happy Dusshera to everyone on !

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