Touch..

Published on: Author: Mike Hall Leave a comment

I saw reference to an article in Scientific American where there was talk of Gorilla Arm. Did this refer to the muscle control needed to keep one’s arm extended or the reach?

I sit a comfortable 36” away from a a 19” widescreen monitor. I have space on the desk to put things down, the glare does not affect me too badly, and I can read the text just fine.

So, should I go out and invest $400 – $700 on a touch monitor such that I can make use of Windows 8? Some issues that I have.. 

  1. The screen is some 9” and more further away that I can easily reach unless I lean forwards..
  2. I don’t do anything on my computer that a touch app can manage or replace..
  3. I can think of better ways to spend the kind of money required, bearing in mind that I generally spend around $160 on an screen.. 

For me, the desktop is a non-starter re touch.

I also have a small Toshiba Netbook, but no touch screen.

  1. If I touch the screen for any reason, the machine rocks back,  so I would have to pin it down with one hand each time I touched anything..
  2. There are still no apps that would do anything that I want to do.,
  3. Screen cleaner wipes could become a major expense.

Having never seen a Microsoft Surface machine, much less had a go on one, I would imagine that they might have similar issues to a Netbook unless being used as a tablet..

My wife has a new Lenovo G780 laptop running Windows 7. The problem of arm reach is negated, but if it had a touch screen, after five touches, the screen would have to be pulled back to normal viewing angle, held by the left hand or backed up against something solid..

She also has a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.. Touch is brilliant on this, and I like playing with it, a great stress reliever when having to wait anywhere. I still use an old style flip phone.

My daughter has a Blackberry Playbook. Again, touch is brilliant, but I don’t know that I would want to do much on it over a protracted time period. It is too small, but a great time waster and well suited to video calls.

My grand-daughter has a LeapPad2 and a DSi XL. When going on a long journey, these two items are as important as gas in the fuel tank. As long as they have a charge left, there is no ‘Are we there yet” from her.

I like to go through the U-Scans in stores, another instance where touch screens are really useful…

So, you see that I am not against touch. For getting to information and basic tasks on portable machines, touch is unbeatable. The U-Scans can save a lot of time in stores that have them, especially if you have only one or two items.

When I hear talk of the Post-PC era, I have my doubts. All of the touch devices above have filled a niche for which the laptop/Netbook was developed. New technology has made them possible, and they work well alongside traditional desktops and Laptops.

More than a few clients of mine have Laptops in place of desktops because they take up less room and they are not cable bound. Where there are kids, the desktop rules because keyboards wrecked by in-coming liquids and general misuse are cheap to replace.

There is no doubt that the traditional makers of desktops and laptops will have to re-align their business with the newcomers and not expect the same sales figures as they once did. There may be some makers falling by the wayside, but there will always be a call for what is seen as the older technology because it still works, and for some tasks will always work better.

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