New Dynamics in Touch Screen Monitors
The next generation of computers will include features such as a touch screen monitor, liquid proof components, and silent fans that do not require ventilation in the room. They will be designed to travel. The screens will tilt. Have you ever wanted your powerful PC on a trip? The next generation will be able to travel.
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Specially designed housing will make it possible to put the keyboard in your lap, and put the body on a low table in an airport. Then you can tilt the screen. Look down at the screen, type your report, and update the presentation while 'on the go.' All while selling designer dresses from a high end boutique, or discussing skin care in a luxury spa.
The retail industry needed to wait until the POS hardware improved before the retail sector could reduce the size of POS systems. Laptops are extremely limited. Even if a keyboard and external hard drive are added, the monitors will never be large enough for comfort. It is highly unlikely that laptops will ever include features such as super fast hard drives, touch screen monitors, speech recognition security features, cash drawer ports, built in ergonomic keyboards, or functionality that lets the unit operate up to 40degrees.
A touch screen monitor can detect the location of touches within the display area. This turns the screen into an input devise, letting the computer interact with the display's content. The screen may also become a high security device recording a set pattern of touches, or positioning of touches, as a password to activate - or deactivate - the computer terminal.
The touch screen has been used in the retail and restaurant industry for years. They allow instant access to everything from a reservation schedule that automatically warns the user if reservations will overlap, or limit reservations if the kitchen will not be able to manage a full restaurant on a particular night.
Retail outlets use touch to manage stock, accounting, purchasing, and inventory all at the 'point of sale.' The technology is evolving at an amazing rate. It has been recently designed to work with personal digital assistants (PDA), GNSS (GPS), and cell phones. Most people have used touch screens on their PDAs and ATMs without realizing they were using a new technology.
This optical system uses a basic principle of total internal reflection. This fills a refractive medium with light, most likely infrared light. A finger presses the surface, disrupting the light path. The light reflects to a to a camera located in the rear. This camera is so sensitive that there is little chance of error.
The technology has already grown to incorporate the use of lasers or objects instead of a finger. Multi point touch increases the flexibility by increasing the messages that a user can input with a single touch. This is increasing the functionality of touch screens, opening the technology to a wider range of uses, including home use. In the future, we may be able to turn PCs on, change programs, activate communication scripts, and type on our communication screens.
The touch screen monitor was first discovered in 1970 but has evolved until it has the potential to change how people and business enter data into their personal computers, user interfaces, and communication devices.