The Fast Rise of Multi-touch Displays
Multi-touch displays from companies such as LG, Samsung, Planar, Apple's iPad are combining technologies and creating an engaging and interactive user experience

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Single touch interactive displays are so yesterday. We take a look at 20 multi-touch displays and technologies that are making their mark.
By Aaron Stern

“What’s so great about the mouse, anyway?,” New York Times technology columnist David Pogue asked two years ago. “How is it natural to drag a plastic box across a horizontal surface to move things on a vertical screen two feet away? How kludgy! How indirect! How Cro-Magnon!,” he declared.

Unfortunately for Pogue, the touchscreen PCs he reviewed in that piece were clunky and lumbering. But a lot has changed since then, and today’s multi-touch technologies have gotten leaner and faster.

The mice are getting scared.

Indeed, using a mouse to do your computing may eventually be a thing of the past. In the meantime, multi-touch interactive displays are fast emerging as viable alternatives on multiple platforms. As with all advancements, as the technology advances, the prices lowers and the previous methods seem increasingly limited.

As Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton notes in a recent essay on multi-touch technology, “if you can only manipulate one point… you are restricted to the gestural vocabulary of a fruit fly.  We were given multiple limbs for a reason. It is nice to be able to take advantage of them.”

Multi-touch technologies have been evolving for decades, but they really hit the mainstream


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About the author
Aaron Stern is a Content Editor and Video Producer for TechDecisions. He has previously covered politics, sports, business and a whole lot of other random topics in various reporting stints in Maryland, Chicago and Nairobi.


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Posted by Andre Floyd  on  05/18  at  04:04 PM
More may be better, but that does not mean that less is worse, necessarily. Some applications are definitely enhanced by multi-touch interface - in fact, some absolutely require it. However, other applications are better served by "fewer" touches. This could be because of the required simplicity of the programming, or the required durability of the physical elements. It is great to have multiple touch technology options, but it is still important to use the right tool for a given job.
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