Touch Screen technologythe Death Knell for the Computer Mouse

By: Richard N Williams
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It is now nearly 40years old but one of the most familiar office tools is about to becomeobsolete, according to analysts.

Invented nearly 40years ago by Dr Douglas Engelbart while working for the Stanford ResearchInstitute; billions of computer mice are now in operation all over the world.

However, thanks to new technologies such astouch screens and facial recognition software, it seems compute mouse’s daysare numbered with analysts predicting that they could be completely obsolete withinfive years.

Recent years has seen anexplosion of new input devices particularly with the expanding PDA and mobilephone markets where touch screen is now becoming the number one input method.

Touch Screentechnology has actually been with us since the 1970’s although traditionallythey were expensive and normally only used in industrial applications.

However, recentadvances in technology now mean touch screen is relatively cheap and they canbe found in everything from mobile phones, ATM machines, information points andeven microwave ovens.

It is predicted thattouch screens along with other technologies such as gestural systems likefacial recognition are soon-to-become the replacement for the mouse.

The main advantage of atouch screen over the conventional mouse, keyboard and monitor layout is thatthe screen itself acts as both input and output devices. Not only does thissave space but also it means that a computer can be placed in locations where akeyboard and mouse layout would be impractical such as outside or leftunattended.

Touch screentechnology is also widely used in industrial applications as not having akeyboard and mouse means that contaminants such as grease, dirt and dust cannotenter and clog up the input devices. Touch screens can also be enclosed in anindustrial computer enclosure protecting it from waterScience Articles, dust and even explosiveatmospheres allowing a computer to be placed even in the most inhospitableenvironments.

Touch screentechnology is changing the way we interact with computers and allowing technologyto be placed in areas where traditional computers would not have been placed.

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