Thursday, June 12, 2008

Not yet multi-touch: HP's Next Generation TouchSmart PC - and my thoughts about smudges and germs

The Next Generation HP TouchSmart PC

The new TouchSmart PC's, which can display high definition content, aren't out on the market yet. HP is taking

NextWindow, a company that produces large interactive touch-screen displays, including those with multi-touch capabilities, was responsible for the touch-screen embedded in the TouchSmart PC.

Although some people can't wrap their minds around the idea of interacting with a touch screen because they don't like germs and smudges, or they are locked into a point-and-click mindset, I think they are worth considering. Developers are working on new ways of interacting with information, and I'm sure that we will all be pleasantly surprised with what holds for the future.

Touch screen displays more easily support collaboration between two people, and more, when the display is large.

Some people aren't too sure about getting their hands on a touch screen. Why?

They are worried about smudges and the spread of germs.

Even little children know that it is important to wash their hands frequently throughout the day to prevent the spread of germs. At school, they are not permitted to eat or drink when they use computers, which is a good habit to develop at an early age.

The same hands that are smudging up our non-touch screen displays on our PC's and laptops are also leaving lots of germs, and even food particles, on computer mice and keyboards. I'm talking about adults who should know better than to eat and drink at the computer and neglect to wash their hands!

I'm not too worried about it. If you care about health and reducing the spread of germs, most likely you make sure your laptop or PC is regularly disinfected, and you make sure your hands are clean, just like your mama taught you.


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