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Your Audi slides up to an ATM and—mhzzzz—your window rolls down. There's a gleaming LCD staring at you. What's your first thought? Just a few years ago, it would have been to press a keypad and start your transaction. Today, there's a paradigm shift: You touch the screen instead. The computing world hasn't caught up to the banking, grocery, and casino markets quite yet, but that's about to change.

In 2009, touch computing will go mainstream.


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Uh, some things are best not to have touchscreens. I work in a supermarket and most older people dont even know how to use a Chip & Pin machine.

Touch screens are just going to confuse the hell out of them
"Uh no buttons, ahhhhh"
    
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Originally Posted by Evostance View Post
Uh, some things are best not to have touchscreens. I work in a supermarket and most older people dont even know how to use a Chip & Pin machine.

Touch screens are just going to confuse the hell out of them
"Uh no buttons, ahhhhh"
i think it would actually simplify things. Old people hate buttons because they can distinguish the difference at first glance, but wth touch screen and the fancy pics and colours infront of them i think theyll be okay
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Touch screens are great for some applications, horrible for average desktop apps. Nobody wants to sit at their desk and have to reach up to their screen and touch an icon. Laptop maybe, but your arms would tire very quickly. Same goes for voice commands. People don't want other people to hear what they are inputting into their computer. I keep hearing about both of these technologies and have yet to see anyone really care about either of them. While standing upright at an ATM or airport kiosk, it makes sense to use touch screens, otherwise not so much.
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Touchscreens would be great for entering PIN codes and such. Randomize the placement of the numbers, etc.. Much harder to do man-in-the-middle ATM attacks (which are quite common).
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This is going to take porn to a new level. Lol! All kids living in your parents basement rejoice!
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*runs out and buys stock in Windex*

Jeeze! Like seriously how many times a day are peeps gonna have to rub it down. Getting off all those oily nasties.

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Quote:
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Seconded... wut.
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Originally Posted by losttsol View Post
Touch screens are great for some applications, horrible for average desktop apps. Nobody wants to sit at their desk and have to reach up to their screen and touch an icon.
You're assuming the desktop won't evolve at all... I think this is the most common misconception about touch screens. Look at the microsoft surface, its just a giant table and touch makes perfect sense on it.

Of course people wouldn't like to reach up and touch an icon, but what if your keyboard was now entirely a touch screen? There wouldn't always have to be the standard alphabet keys you could have variable sized buttons for application specific uses. You would no longer have to remember keyboard shortcuts, all of the available commands are right there. Think more of like a nintendo DS where you could have one viewing screen, and one input screen.

We'll see more specific computers emerge away from the desktop. The days are numbered for the "desktop" computer.
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