According to a recent report released by Gartner, an information technology and advisory company, more than 50 per cent of PCs purchased for youngsters under the age of 2015 will have touchscreens by 2015. The corresponding figure for enterprises will be a measly 10 per cent.
According to Leslie Fiering, the research Vice President at Gartner, “What we’re going to see is the younger generation beginning to use touchscreen computers ahead of enterprises. By 2015, we expect more than 50 percent of PCs purchased for users under the age of 15 will have touchscreens, up from fewer than 2 percent in 2009. On the other hand, we are predicting that fewer than 10 percent of PCs sold to enterprises in 2015 for mainstream knowledge workers will have touchscreens.”
While touchscreen devices have been in the market for over 20 years now, they did not enjoy much success. But with the new wave of touchscreen smart phones and introduction of the iPhone by Apple has set off a new spark in the touchscreen industry. With the introduction of iPad recently, Apple has come full circle now. If the iPad sales are anything to go by, the touchscreen revolution is well and truly on its way.
With the competition in the market increasing, the next five years will see a massive drop in the prices. As a result, the education sector is expected to invest massively in touchscreen device. According to Gartner, young kids who have just entered school will always find direct manipulation on the screen a natural way to interact with their computers. Enterprises, on the other hand, will not be as responsive to the touchscreen technology. The large contingent of mouse-trained employee will find it difficult to adapt themselves to touchscreen devices. But with personal touchscreen devices the fad right now, it won’t be long before enterprises also go touchscreen.
The progress will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. No single “killer application” will change the market overnight; rather, there will be an incremental introduction of user interface and ergonomics improvements, drops in hardware prices and increases in touch-enhanced software. With iPad setting the trend, the future for touchscreen devices looks bright.
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