Saturday, 5 March 2011

A touch screen you can feel

Toshiba is at this very moment developing a solution to typing on a touch screen. Why do I say solution? Because, as smart phone users all know, the current method of input used -- typing on a virtual keyboard you can't touch -- is a step down from what we enjoyed in the Nokia-generation of the early 2000's: Actual buttons.


We can forgive the industry for not coming up with this right away. A technology needs time to mature, and with the first generation iPhone prominently showing the world what a touch screen-powered mobile device could do, the next four years supplied the industry with the investments necessary to bring us buttons... in a touch screen!

A technology that, like 3D, will be challenging to advertise.
Just as how Nintendo's 3DS will play an important role in introducing the public to the concept of glasses-free 3D, so, too, you can expect some sort of pioneer model showing of what this "electrotactile" technology can offer. Whatever the case, by the time this kind of technology is ready to be released, you can be sure Google will have Android up and ready to make use of it.


To round off our discussion on technology pioneers, let me ask you this question:

Would you buy the first iteration of a new technology like the 3DS or a 3D TV, or would you wait for later models that have ironed out some of the kinks? In other words, are you an "early adopter", or a member of the "late majority"?

31 comments:

rinns said...

I'm totally buying the shit out of a 3ds.

Layman Researcher said...

I hate touch screen phones. Would way rather have buttons!

p said...

that is soo cool!!! anyways nice blog, ill follow and support you! :D

jgarceau said...

I am still undecided between Android and iPhone. I want an android I think but I hear there may be some bugs in the recent releases?

Either way electrotactile touch screens sounds like a hell of a selling point in shifting my opinion one way haha

Gryt said...

I'd wait to get the 3D stuff, but the new touch screen sounds promising

Brut said...

No, I won't. I prefer not having dementia.

ed said...

if i dont get the launch model, chances are im not getting the next gen either

Erick Ramírez said...

early adopter!

Copyboy said...

If I have the cash I'm an early adapter all the way!!!! BTW...I made you new blog of the day.

mac-and-me said...

i love beeing early adopter :)

Chris said...

Im still using a flip phone that can only call people and text..

Mollie said...

late majority...third or fourth generation late maj. Can't be bothered. Ho hum.

Yenaaa said...

I think i would wait at least a little while to buy anything brand new. You know, let the public test it out first xD

Marcus Silva said...

I want

MonkeyBizz said...

also early adopter!!

Svipis said...

actual blog, I like it)

The Angry Lurker said...

I always wait until they iron out any kinks.

Westus said...

It really depends on the reviews, and how soon I think a replacement product will hit the markets... and how groundbreaking the product is, of course!

desperado said...

i prefer to enjoy what i have, bug free,
and wait for the next gen. to come. :)

Jesse Brooks said...

I'm excited to hear more about this. One of the main things that I don't like about smart phones is that inability to type without looking. This should be pretty cool once it matures.

G said...

That is cool - follwoing

Adventure Person said...

I'd probably wait 'til things get ironed out a bit. Tactile touch sounds like it would be awesome for touch screen music applications.

Jung said...

It's smart to wait, but to be cool you gotta take the plunge.

rndmg123 said...

i use swipe. makes texting much easier.

thenitefalls said...

I would wait until it's much cheaper :)

baxxman said...

Thats so amazing. Must have for iPhone 5
Baxxmans

Meghan Moran said...

I think i've learned my lesson and will try to be a part of the late majority from now on.

JustDarki said...

yeah typing on a virtual keyboard is not the easiest thing.

Justsayin' said...

My touch screen was junk 3 months after I got it. I'm to hard on phones I guess to have a touch screen.

CandleintheDark said...

I enjoy my iphone but I hate apple

Brut said...

The Tactical Touch looks awesome.

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