Desktops and Notebooks: Surface 2, HP TouchSmart, Tablets Suggest Future of Touch

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-02-13 Print this article Print
Surface 2, HP TouchSmart, Tablets Suggest Future of Touch

Surface 2, HP TouchSmart, Tablets Suggest Future of Touch

by Nicholas Kolakowski
If you ever needed any more proof that touch screens are rapidly becoming one of the chief input methods among the devices you use, look no further than this January's CES (Consumer Electronics Show), where a bevy of touch-enabled smartphones and tablets were on display. But mobile devices aren't the extent of that emerging segment: from a set of new touch-screen desktops by Hewlett-Packard, to Microsoft's upcoming Surface 2 table-size touch screen, manufacturers are envisioning new and powerful uses of touch for the months and years to come.One of the more interesting aspects of touch is how many different operating systems have been developed or modified to accommodate finger input. Whether iOS or Google Android for devices such as the Apple iPad or Dell Streak 7, Windows 7 running on touch-enabled laptops, a modified version of Windows 7 for larger form-factors such as Surface 2, or a proprietary skin like the one developed by HP for the TouchSmart, manufacturers and software developers seem determined to make as many variations as possible available to businesses and consumers.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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