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Touch is NOT the "near" future of computing. Keyboard & mouse is.

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    In 50 years, the keyboard will still remain. The mouse won't. We've been using a QWERTY keyboard since the age of type writers. We've used computers with a keyboard until the mouse came into the game more than 25 years ago. It's not going to last a long time because if you have a UI that takes advantage of touch input, much like how the GUI took advantage of the mouse, it's gone. Not only that, there's gesture input as well...

    Call it a change to how we interact with our PCs...

    While I agree with everything else you have said in this post, I disagree that the mouse won't remain in 50 years. I'm sure it will take the back seat to the touch screens but I will be surprised if it will be gone. I'm 21 years old and hate using the touch feature except for on my phone. Not to mention I tend to work faster using a mouse than a touchscreen and find the experience of using a mouse more enjoyable. I'm willing to bet im not the only one that feels the same.

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    It is not that touchscreens don't have their place, they do... but they are limited. Fine for texting on the go, when folks are at home or at work, the two places where the vast majority spend the majority of their time, folks won't be reaching for touch devices, they will turn to their comfortable work stations, the family pc and/or laptops. And no amount of hyperbole will change that.
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    I don't know why this was even brought up.

    Coke Robot is only a child - but even he must see a touchscreen is useful for some things and not useful for other things.

    Touchscreen will not replace the mouse and keyboard.

    It will be an option.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't know why this was even brought up.

    Coke Robot is only a child - but even he must see a touchscreen is useful for some things and not useful for other things.

    Touchscreen will not replace the mouse and keyboard.

    It will be an option.
    But the mouse it will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't know why this was even brought up.

    Coke Robot is only a child - but even he must see a touchscreen is useful for some things and not useful for other things.

    Touchscreen will not replace the mouse and keyboard.

    It will be an option.
    I may be a child...a child of technology that is.
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  6. #16


    I don't think the mouse will be gone but I do think touch will be more used. The thing is touch is not as precise. I don't know if they have improved multi-touch gestures of the trackpad for windows based computers but that would be helpful. I don't know of stylus/pen is supported but I would rather use that than touch. On a tablet touch is much easier to use but when it comes to the desktop you'd have to be much closer to the screen to use it and it feels inconvenient for more complex computing. Checking email and photo taking maybe it could be fun, but that's pretty minor. I have used a touch screen computer although I don't own one myself but the use is far too limited. I think if I really wanted to get close to it I would be designing something and I would need the computer to be able to be laid down or something. I don't mind touch and I will use it but not if I'm trying to design or any serious work. I would probably use it for doodling but that's about it. It's not that accurate. I wouldn't mind stylus support though but then I'd have to be able to angle the screen and be super close. I don't know if I would want to be too close to the screen though.
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    I never said that touch screens weren't useful for brief texting, as a matter of fact I posted just this comment on one of these threads, but I can promise you that if you asked most people, young and old if they have to type serious amounts of text accurately and quickly they will almost all say the real keyboard works best, unless they are lying of course.

    There is NO way that touch screen keyboards are easier to use for intense data entry. Fact, no disputing it at least for human beings anyhow.

    Same for mouse vs trackpads....if you are doing a LOT of data input the mouse is far superior.

    I have to give credit to those desperately trying to twist reality to become otherwise, but logic and reason cannot be denied, even today.


    Cute...the insinuation that I take meds...I take no pharma or illegal drugs of any kind. Ibuprofen or aspirin on rare occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tseven View Post
    I don't think the mouse will be gone but I do think touch will be more used. The thing is touch is not as precise. I don't know if they have improved multi-touch gestures of the trackpad for windows based computers but that would be helpful. I don't know of stylus/pen is supported but I would rather use that than touch. On a tablet touch is much easier to use but when it comes to the desktop you'd have to be much closer to the screen to use it and it feels inconvenient for more complex computing. Checking email and photo taking maybe it could be fun, but that's pretty minor. I have used a touch screen computer although I don't own one myself but the use is far too limited. I think if I really wanted to get close to it I would be designing something and I would need the computer to be able to be laid down or something. I don't mind touch and I will use it but not if I'm trying to design or any serious work. I would probably use it for doodling but that's about it. It's not that accurate. I wouldn't mind stylus support though but then I'd have to be able to angle the screen and be super close. I don't know if I would want to be too close to the screen though.
    Pen input will be supported, as it has been since I believe xp. I personally would use that in the Desktop for precise precision. As a person going into architecture, one does a lot of hand drafting, I've been doing that A LOT more than CAD drawing. I can't envision and draw something with a mouse, I can however with a pencil. I would use a table top touch screen with a stylus to draw, and to use the Ribbon UI and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    It is not that touchscreens don't have their place, they do... but they are limited. Fine for texting on the go, when folks are at home or at work, the two places where the vast majority spend the majority of their time, folks won't be reaching for touch devices, they will turn to their comfortable work stations, the family pc and/or laptops. And no amount of hyperbole will change that.
    Totally wrong, while I still use my main PC a fair bit, my laptops less and less, I find I reach for my tablets more and more. They are instantly on, I can find what I want almost immediately with Apps. I can type on forums etc easily, I can doodle and draw with my finger or stylus and play Angry Birds, what's not to like about touchscreens.

    The keyboard and mouse aren't going to be replaced altogether but they will be used less and less, especially when the wonderfully beautifull and productive Windows 8 unleashes on to our wonderful planet
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    It is not that touchscreens don't have their place, they do... but they are limited. Fine for texting on the go, when folks are at home or at work, the two places where the vast majority spend the majority of their time, folks won't be reaching for touch devices, they will turn to their comfortable work stations, the family pc and/or laptops. And no amount of hyperbole will change that.
    Totally wrong,
    Sorry, but no, I am not totally wrong, not even a little wrong. Even the ones who use touch a lot now, when they are on the go, will tend to gravitate to the far more physically comfortable mouse and keyboard.



    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    The keyboard and mouse aren't going to be replaced altogether but they will be used less and less, especially when the wonderfully beautifull and productive Windows 8 unleashes on to our wonderful planet
    Again, no. Ms's push to get into the smartphone & tablet market will ultimately fail, as Apple & Android will continue to dominate, despite ms's best effort. In the meantime, they will have alienated their core, most of whom despise the metro nonsense. Mark my words, win9 will see ms retreat at least insofar as offering a choice, a real choice between metroturd and desktop.

    Wanna guess which will sell more..?? (although they most likely be sold as one, with the choice coming at install)

    But hey, this is all imho....
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