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Let's have a show of hands
betajet   12/3/2013 2:49:09 PM
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OK, how many of you out there prefer using a touch-screen keyboard instead of a full-size keyboard with keys that move?  Anyone?  The only example I can think of where touch is preferable to moving keys is a high-performance morse code electronic keyer.

Regarding babies and touch pads, I will tell about my baby daughter's first experience with computers.  This was in a common terminal room.  To log into the computer, you had to press control-C to get the login prompt.  If you pressed anything else, the terminal would beep.  Baby thought this was great and banged away -- beep beep beep beepity beepity beep beep.

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Re: Let's have a show of hands
Max The Magnificent   12/3/2013 3:10:58 PM
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@Betajet: OK, how many of you out there prefer using a touch-screen keyboard instead of a full-size keyboard with keys that move?

I'll give you that -- I can limp along with my iPad keyboard, but a real keyboard is way preferable -- on th eother hand, I thin kit only fair to point out tha tmy wife can type at an incredible rate using her iPad on-screen keypad.


Similarly, I prefer a mouse for a lot of things -- but I love using a touchscreen for things like pan and zoom. At work my main system is a tower computer driving three 28" monitors forming a large virtual screen -- I have a keyboard and mouse in front of each screen and a curved desk and a chair that swivels, so I can easily transition from screen to screen.

I love my setup, but it would be even better if my screens had touch capability...

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Re: Let's have a show of hands
TonyTib   12/3/2013 3:26:49 PM
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What about the ergonomics of your fingers hitting the glass all the time?  OK, now that mobile is "hot", I guess ergonomics don't matter.


BTW, there is interesting work being done (by TI (piezos), Redux (bending waves), etc) using haptics to mimic the feel of physical buttons.  Although I don't think these products would solve my ergonomic concerns about fingers drumming on a hard surface, I'm curious about how well they can mimic the feel of a real button.  TI does have a dev kit available, but it's aways down on my to-buy list.


Cherry blues are awesome, although a little noisy.  Sometime I'll get a buckling spirng keyboard.

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TonyTib   12/3/2013 3:16:56 PM
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Hmm...my primary keyboard is a CoolerMaster Storm QuickFire TK with Cherry Blues, my secondary keyboards are all Unicomp or Lenovo, and my laptop is a Thinkpad...

Touchscreens are great for certain applications, such as portable devices you can pick up and hold in your hands.  They don't work well in many other applications, such as desktop computers, and cars (I don't want to messing with a touchscreen while I'm driving).

 

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Max The Magnificent   12/3/2013 3:45:40 PM
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@TonyTib: ...my primary keyboard is a CoolerMaster Storm QuickFire TK with Cherry Blues...

How 20th Century, my dear. I would love one of those Optimus Keyboards where every key is a small programmable OLED display

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Nice infographic...
David Ashton   12/3/2013 4:00:34 PM
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Nice infographic (as usual from Atmel) - was this one  of Sylvie's efforts Max?

Don't think I'll be entering the comp though, you have to enter on facebook and I don't do facebook.  How can Atmel be so biased?

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Max The Magnificent   12/3/2013 4:30:44 PM
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@David: Nice infographic (as usual from Atmel) - was this one  of Sylvie's efforts Max?

May 1,000 curses rain down on my head -- you are correct -- I should have mentioned that this infographic is indeed one of Sylvie Barak's works of art.

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Max The Magnificent   12/3/2013 4:31:47 PM
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@David: I don't do facebook.

It's hard to learn new things when one reaches your age (or so I've heard LOL)

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David Ashton   12/3/2013 10:51:07 PM
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It is hard, but at least I don't forget about old friends :-)

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Max The Magnificent   12/4/2013 10:21:16 AM
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@David: ...at least I don't forget about old friends :-)

How can you be so sure? If you have forgotten them then you won't remember that you've forgotten them... Ha!

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David Ashton   12/4/2013 2:43:37 PM
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Ah OK. That's why I seem to have less friends now than I used to.  I thought that was because of the drooling.  (Now you know where to find an old fool when you need one..... :-)

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Max The Magnificent   12/4/2013 2:51:54 PM
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@David: Now you know where to find an old fool when you need one...

LOL

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Max The Magnificent   12/4/2013 2:52:37 PM
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@David: I thought that was because of the drooling...

Some people say that's your most attractive feature LOL

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David Ashton   12/4/2013 2:53:43 PM
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Yeah right.  Whatever turns you on, baby.....

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Max The Magnificent   12/4/2013 2:55:44 PM
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@David: Whatever turns you on, baby.....

I told you not to call me "baby" when I'm at work LOL

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David Ashton   12/4/2013 3:03:08 PM
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Funny....my workmate says that too :-))

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Max The Magnificent   12/4/2013 3:05:36 PM
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@David: Funny....my workmate says that too :-))

Why would he care what you call me? LOL

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Touch displays
David Ashton   12/4/2013 3:04:29 AM
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There are some rather nice videos of future touch screen possibilities here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

and here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-GXO_urMow

As they (Dow Corning glass) point out, we're not that far off what they portray.   Not a lot of technical detail, and I think their comments about open operating systems are a bit optimistic.  but fun to watch.  Anyone who knows more about thees technologies got any comments on them?

 



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