Touch computing

New input methods will be the dominant trend of 2012. Tablet computers such as the iPad might seem like a nice alternative to desktop and laptop computers, but I believe they're more than that: They're replacements. Just as the command line (remember that?) gave way to graphical user interfaces, so the mouse will be superseded by touchscreens.

The signs are obvious: Windows 8 and Mac OS X Lion, the latest desktop operating systems, borrow heavy from their mobile counterparts. These new interfaces essentially impose a touchscreen-inspired interface over the traditional desktop environment.

Over time, this half-step will become a whole one, and mobile operating systems will dominate. The transition won't be complete by the end of 2012, but we'll be much further down the path, and using computer mice much less often.

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Param's picture

The author opines touch screen will replace mouse and keyboard, yet touchscreen will always demand the need for keyboards and mouse at some level, that's why they now come with docks... not as a transition, because its simply better for actual use beyond simple consumption of e-mail or simple games. No big deal, but seems like a huge oversight and misanalysis or maybe a pep rally stance, idk. Also, the command line isn't gone either, its in fact quite necessary for people actually doing serious IT and development work and still exists as useful as ever. It's just not a tool the average consumer needs to know about, and rightly so. Still, comparing the command line to keyboard and mouse is just showing how actually unfamiliar with tech the author actually is...

Ronnie's picture

 A touch screen is good for browsing or casual gaming, but try to get work done at the office with a touch screen.  heck, basic typing is a tactile skill that doesn't involve sight, take away the keys and see how many typos you'll make just writing a goofy article

Param's picture

Sure, it has room to grow. I love my tablet for taking notes in class. The novelty of touch wears out pretty quick, and there are still some issues - calibration being the biggest.

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