Touch screen computing has completely revolutionized the way some of us – and possibly one day all of us – use and work with computers. Most prominently, the touch screen laptop has been catching on and generating quite a buzz and many in the computer industry forecast that it will eventually overtake the common notebook as the world’s most popular portable computer. At the same time, screens with touch recognition are popping up in grocery store checkouts and banking terminals nationwide while young boys and girls fight in back seats over whose turn it is to play with the game boy-esque toy currently becoming popular among children across the country. However, it is touch screen’s application as a personal computing device that best showcases the many uses of this versatile technology.
With that in mind, a touch screen laptop is ideal for everyday use whether you are a high powered business executive or an up and coming college or university student and they offer a variety of features and tools that are just not available on your standard laptop computer. For one thing, these computers are almost always thinner and sleeker – and thus lighter and more portable – than standard notebook computers and are great for slipping into a briefcase of backpack. In addition, they tend to incorporate the use of a stylus. This amazing gadget, first made popular following its pairing with the legendary Palm Pilot, allows the user to write directly on their laptop’s screen in their own free hand cursive or handwriting. These writings are then translated into text via specialized software: the result is a level of convenience that is simply beyond compare!
In addition, the laptop will often times feature a “swiveling” monitor that allows the computer’s screen to be turned so as to run perpendicular to its optional keyboard, like a standard laptop, or flipped around to lay flat like a tablet, hence the interchangeable moniker, tablet PC. This feature allows you the option of using your computer in a standard, word processing format on a desktop or table as well as the ability to hold the computer in your lap and use it to jog notes or take minutes much like you would do on a traditional legal notepad.
As the technology further evolves and advances, many exciting steps forward in touch screen technology are just around the corner and it’s thought that in the next ten years software made especially for touch screen laptops and tablet PCs will completely replace struggling paper newspapers as our primary source of news. The easy portability of these devices, coupled with the fact that we need not throw them away at the end of the day makes this a logical next step in how we read about current events. In the meantime, as we prepare for these and other coming technological developments, it’s important to take the time to become familiar with touch screen devices as they currently exists today as one day soon they promise to be all around us.