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Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity

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a Microsoft touch-enabled computer

A Microsoft multi-touch-enabled computer on display at the Computex Technology Expo in Taiwan.

Maurice Tsai / Bloomberg News

The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers.

Companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology for years. Apple elevated such technology from a novelty to a must-have feature on mobile devices with its iPhone. Now both personal computer manufactures and software makers hope to do more with touch on larger devices by giving people a 10-fingered go at their screens. The PC industry wants to make touch functions more sophisticated and widespread, and hopes the feature spurs sales.

"You don't even operate your TV with two fingers," said Amihai Ben-David, the chief executive officer of N-trig, which produces touch-screen technology for PC makers. "In order for this to feel really natural, you need more than two fingers for sure."

From The New York Times
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