Advantages of Multi-Touch Technology
We have already spoken about how the future is multi-touch and the advancements in this technology over the years. Only the tip of the iceberg has been discovered. Multi-touch can take the world places, and each day the technology becomes smoother and more efficient so as to facilitate its use even by the not-so-technologically savvy. This technology goes beyond the basic pinch-and-zoom feature that is enabled on your smartphone and tab. If you haven’t been introduced to multi-touch yet, or believe that it is mere hype that you can do without, think again. Multi-touch technology brings with it a host of advantages, and that’s what we are going to enlist here.
Multi-touch facilitates use by multiple individuals at the same time. It makes the entire process time-saving and cost-saving, and enhances work flow so that efficiency increases exponentially. If a team of 4 individuals is working on a presentation, this presentation can be completed much sooner on a gesture-based multi-touch interface rather than a regular computer where there is only one mode of input, i.e. the keyboard and the mouse, which can be used only by one person.
Multi-touch can be customized to suit the requirements of any group. The software can be matched with different types of hardware, from a regular computer with say a Windows operating system to an LCD; and the content management system can be tailored to suit the requirements of the business.
Suitable for an array of businesses
You may be in the business of anything, teaching, learning, retailing, production, entertainment, digital signage, health care, or more—multi-touch can be used by you to enhance the efficiency of your organization and your business, thereby saving you costs and increasing profits.
Because touch technology is intuitive, it hardly requires any training to be used. Though technologically advanced, it provides an interface that is extremely easy to use and understand. It is also more accessible with larger icons, the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, and more. Research shows that children are most comfortable with this technology and in fact, enjoy it immensely. This means its application in the education and learning sector can have far-reaching powerful and positive implications.
Your input devices reduce. No keyboard, no mouse. All you need are your hands to operate multi-touch devices and screens. These devices may be stationary or portable, but overall, the amount of space they take up is much less.
A device that can be configured without any hardware can be upgraded online easily by designers to enhance functionality, update content, fix any bugs, load applications, and perform any other necessary functions for the same.
As we mentioned earlier, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Revolutionary changes are being introduced to this technology every day. Even the popular Microsoft Surface multi-touch table that looks like a coffee table and has a touch screen is a basic platform and is being worked upon to make it more future-friendly and efficient. Making this technology work with any hardware and software can enable it to provide functions that we are unable to imagine yet. The level of efficiency that it can introduce and get us used to is only yet to be seen. Time will be more effectively managed, as will resources that incur heavy overhead costs. This invisible interface that will change the way we access and process information is yet to showcase its impact. When it does, the ramifications will be significant and definitely positive.