Out of touch

In the beginning of computing was the keyboard. And the keyboard assumed that all people had full use of ten fingers. Which was not really a good assumption. Eventually, there was touch-screen technology, which only required use of one finger, or two at most. And people who wanted or needed to use fewer than ten fingers suddenly had expanded options. Then the CEO of N-trig, which makes computer touch screens, declared that “In order for [touch screen use] to feel really natural, you need more than two fingers for sure.” And so N-trig developed touch screens that will support use of ten fingers. Which is good if applications can support multi-finger input…and problematic if they must.

NY Times: PC Touch Screens Move Ahead

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