The Future of Touchscreens: What does it Look Like?

Touchscreen technology has come a long way in the last 50 years – from E.A. Johnson’s invention of the first touchscreen console in 1965 to the Touchjet WAVE launching later this year. Technology continues to evolve and the opportunities and limitations along with it.

These days, you probably carry around a touchscreen device in your bag or pocket. There’s no doubt that this technology has become a normal fixture our lives – so much that you probably don’t even think about the astounding advancements that happened to put that smart device in your hand. But what does the future of touchscreen technology look like?

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we got a peek at what the future might include – everything from touchscreen refrigerators and textured touchscreen buttons. Seeing touch technology integrated with everyday objects such as kitchen appliances will likely become the standard in just a few years—as convenience and integration become even more important factors for consumers. Touchscreen technology has the opportunity to make even the most average household item “smart.”

Touch technology can also change the way we go about our daily lives, including driving to work or school in the morning. Next-generation haptic touchscreens might come as a standard feature in the next car you purchase. These textured buttons can help drivers differentiate between options on a screen, and as a result, help them maintain attention even when sorting through radio stations. These screens not only improve functionality, but also help consumers feel a little more safe.

The rapidly expanding technology industry isn’t slowing down. It’s hard to know exactly where it will go next, but maybe your screen will even be able to touch you back. The one thing we do know? The possibilities are endless.

In what creative ways would you like to see technology develop? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

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