Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What is the future of Touchscreen Technology?


















In 1967 E.A Johnson invented the first capacitive touchscreen console and over the last 50 years, the technology has evolved to become the primary interface on most devices, most notably PCAP touch technology that is used on our smartphones. But where does the human interface go from here?
Today we can perform numerous tasks on our smartphone from online banking, checking our health and even changing the temperature in our home whilst several thousand miles away. However, the biggest issue and most difficult thing we can’t do productively on our smartphone would be writing. Any letter, in-depth composition or data entry develops into a nightmare of clumsily pecking at the virtual keys. Typing this way is unnatural and the touchscreen has a long way to go to enable life improving efficiency.

The key to fluent typing consists of 3 elements, touch input, orientation and confirmation - a traditional keyboard has all three to satisfy these criteria. Touchscreens allow you to input information but they do not give you a sense of confirmation or direct your finger by the physicality of the keys. Missing these elements makes it difficult to get into any creative flow but two new technologies are now emerging.


Haptics, which is a means of simulating touch sensations by creating a vibration that activates sensors in your fingertips to notify your brain, once you have pressed a button and secondly Microfluidics, this technology creates dynamic transparent tactile surfaces by pushing a solution through a material to define keyboard formations that can rise and recede thereby giving a physicality of the keys. The addition of these two technologies provides the orientation and confirmation needed to enable full typing productivity.

We are already seeing mobile devices use Haptic and Microfluidics in defined positions. The next generation will allow the user to program a combination of these technologies, keyboards could be adjusted in size and location and provide haptic feedback in any position and the microfluidics technology used to create a personalized keyboard for each user. For example changing the size of the icon to relate to their finger size and typing style. Moving further forward we will see haptics and microfluidics evolve together to include tactility and vibrations for more than just keyboards and buttons. Mapping and navigation are examples where you could see the varying contours with the haptic giving various feedback on what you are doing by increasing the length and strength of the vibration. Users who are visually impaired could choose a braille option when manoeuvring around their touchscreen device or when writing without having to purchase a separate product.


From the minute we are born a connection through touch is acquired, this connection with each other spreads to our personalized technology and current developments will soon enable touchscreens to react in the same way by responding to every individual’s personal touch.

2 comments:

  1. This blog give us the ideas about the touchscreen technology that will hit the latest trend. Touchscreens are becoming increasingly popular and they are by no means a new invention. The first touchscreen was invented back in the 1967 by E.A Johnson, and has gone through many changes and redevelop to become the touchscreen we use today. Touchscreens are not limited to smartphones and tablets PC but they are literally everywhere from ATM, point-of-sale terminals, and navigation systems, to game consoles and even touchpads on laptops. Touchscreens are popping up everywhere, and are slowly taking over our lives. There’s a lot of touchscreen technologies in the market nowadays and projected capacitive touch is one of them. Projected capacitive touchscreen is made up of glass layers that coated by transparent conductive materials. The only way to manage the screen is the object produce an electric charge just like our fingers. Many advantages of capacitive touchscreen will absolutely makes you amaze. I like to read the information you wrote in the blog.

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