Clearing the Obstacles
Although touch devices are everywhere you look, there are still obstacles manufacturers are working hard to overcome. The biggest concern when you purchase a fancy new touch device is regarding the screen. “What happens if I drop it?" What about scratches? What if the display stops working altogether?
Glass manufacturers like Corning have developed new types of reinforced glass that allow for extra strength and scratch resistance all while being incredibly thin. As these glass technologies develop further the days of covering your touchscreen with a plastic protector may soon be over.
In addition to developing stronger glass, manufacturers are also devising ways of making touch devices more affordable. One simple way to do this is to offer ‘mini’ devices. Manufacturers such as Samsung have started offering ‘mini’ sized cell phones for just this reason.
Now they just need to start working on smudge free glass… Actually, Nokia announced in 2011 that is was working on a special hydrophobic coating that would repel liquid such as water and oil from your fingers in order to create a smudge free experience. To date devices with this coating haven’t come to market, but rest assured manufacturers are working on it.
It’s an exciting time to be a tech lover. There is so much changing it’s hard to predict what computing devices will look like a decade from now, but you can be certain that touch computing will certainly play a big part of it.