After the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January, the internet is still buzzing about the latest gadgets and gizmos. The show introduced us to many new innovations, including a few in the touchscreen technology field – such as touchscreen refrigerators and a 200” touchscreen TV wall. The Touchjet team was there to showcase our newest touch product – the Touchjet WAVE, which uses cutting edge infrared technology to turn any flatscreen TV or monitor into an interactive touchscreen.
While the concept of touch technology is not a new, the innovations around it are rapidly expanding. Think you’re an expert? Here are four things you might not have known about touchscreen technology:
Touch Has Been Around for 50 Years
Although touchscreens have only become popular over the past decade, touch technology was created more than 50 years ago. The first touchscreen was invented in 1965 by E.A. Johnson. With the ability to read only one touch at a time, this technology was used for air traffic control until the 1990s.
However, the technology was further developed in 1977 when Elographics created the first glass touch interface.
Touchscreens for Every Market
In 2012, VentureBeat reported that the touchscreen market was expected to grow from $16 billion in 2012 to $31.9 billion in 2018. In our opinion, there’s no debating that this is looking truer every day. Touchscreens are present in almost every market, whether you’re looking for a beauty product, appliance or entertainment device. The weirdest touchscreen products we’ve seen? Glue-on nails that act as styli and touchscreen microwaves.
Different Types of Touch Tech
For the past few decades, there were two main types of touch technology: single touch and multi-touch. Single touch screens can only respond to one finger or stylus at a time. Multi-touch screens register two or more fingers or styli at a time. Many of the devices today can detect up to 10 touches at a time.
This year at CES, BMW introduced the newest innovation in touch technology: the touchless touchscreen – also known as AirTouch. AirTouch uses gestures to preform commands instead of being guided by actual touch.
Any Surface Can Become a Touchscreen
With the invention of touchscreen projectors, touchscreens aren’t limited to a specific surface. For example, the Touchjet Pond Projector allows users to turn any flat surface – wall, table, ground, etc. – into a touchscreen.
Even more extreme? In Finland, scientists were able to make a wall of ice blocks interactive. But the tech industry doesn’t stop there. Thanks to evolving technology, you can turn your own body into a touchscreen.
What’s your favorite touchscreen product? Tell us in the comments below.