Good news for touchscreen makers, DisplaySearch Inc. analysts project that the market for touchscreens will nearly double from US$13.4 billion in 2011 to US$23.9 billion in 2017. Driving this rapid adoption are mobile handsets and in particular mobile tablet devices. The fact that Microsoft’s next version of Windows, Windows 8, is gambling on a radial new touch-centric UI speaks volumes about the direction of computing in the future.

DisplaySearch also notes that capacitive touch technologies are growing at a rapid clip and now outpaces older resistive touch technology. Capacitive touch was popularized by Apple’s adoption of the technology in 2007 in the first iPhone device. Since then, the technology has matured steadily under Apple’s sponsorship. While mobile phones remain the largest consumer of capapcitive touchscreens at roughly 68% year-over-year growth from 2010 to 2011, mobile tablets are quickly catching up.

We are currently seeing a leap in human-centric UI engineering which is as great if not greater than the introduction of the mouse and graphical UI in personal computing with the original Apple Macintosh. Touch seems to be the interface of choice in terms of interaction with computing devices, while gaming is driving six-axis, full 3D motion. The days when we’ll be able to interact with computing devices a la Avatar or Minority Report are coming closer to fruition.

Source: Engadget via DisplaySearch

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