The direction technology is taking in these new and interesting times becomes that of touch screens. There is nothing that cannot be adapted to have a touch screen; everything is on the table. Some of the tables now, too, are equipped with touch screens. There are phones, tablets, monitors and televisions, and tables that can all be manipulated with touch. This technology stems from the smartphone revolution earlier in the 2000’s and has since grown from a technological novelty to an almost integral part of the day. If you are curious to see how touch screens can affect your life you need to look no farther than the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). There, all the greatest and latest technology available and under concept still are displayed and presented in front of the adoring techno-craving crowds. While, the touch screen technology has been around for some, relative, time now technology companies and developers are taking it to the next level.
The worst fear of any touch screen owner is the fear of scratches, shatters, and cracks. One of the presenters at CES this year, Gorilla Glass 3, offered a way to prevent those common problems. It involves a high temperature chemical process that fills under the glass and strengthens it remarkedly better than its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 2, which still allowed cracking resulting in some cases to an ineffectual touch screen. Gorilla Glass 3 beefs up the strength while also keeping the slimness down, keeping weight and size under control. It also is mean to improve the shatterability of dropped phones by making it more flexible than its competitors.
Also out on display in the CES show this year was another touch screen company, Sharp, out of Japan, presenting their product, the IGZO screen. IGZO screens are semiconductors composed of indium, gallium, zinc, and oxide, creating the name, and are new substitutions to the older LCD screens of silicon material. These IGZO screens are filled with smaller and more efficient transistors that bring the owner a clearer and faster display screen, and much longer battery life so the device can allocate its power elsewhere to more important draws. Sharp is providing this technology to phones, televisions, and tablets out today but hope to sign up a contract with Apple for release in the new iPhones.
This is all well and good for those who have shunned the keyboard and are hoping to improve life without it but what about those who are still longing for keyboards. They long for the tactile sensation and satisfaction of pressing keys. Well that has not gone away with the introduction of the Tactus Technology touch screen. This piece of technological magic is a screen with thin pockets that can fill with the same material of the touch screen, when prompted. This means that if a keyboard is needed, a browser contains buttons on a page, these pockets will fill and provide the user a tangible button to press. Then once it becomes unnecessary, the pocket will drain and the key will disappear as mysteriously as it arrived. Tactus Technology has not announced partnership with any tablet or mobile phone manufacturers but since it is the compromise of two worlds, its popularity at CES was quite remarkable.
Keyboards have been around for a long time and are in no way being filtered out by the rise of touch screens. At least, not in any time soon. These technologies are working towards all technology being controlled by a touch screen but there is still no full substitution for a physical keyboard. Companies are working for that though, and it will be extraordinary.
Guest post by contributing author Linda, writing on behalf of Mvoice, a voip provider.