This is a guest post.
With the new Apple TV expected to come with the ability to control it with one’s hands, there are many people out there wondering whether we could be moving towards an end of the touch screen monitor. Whether you use a tablet, a smartphone or even one of the new, larger touchscreen displays to enjoy your choice in media, the fact is that these types of touchscreens do not seem to be on their way out quite yet. Touchscreen technology could definitely part ways with the majority of the population in the future, but you have to think about the practicality of hand gestures before you can say that touchscreens are outdated.
The Technology is Not Fully Here Yet
While the hand gesture technology does work quite well on Xbox devices and on the new Apple TV, the reality is that it still does not work well on small devices. The amount of space needed for these kinds of hand gestures to work properly is still rather large, and many people who have used this kind of technology on Samsung smartphones have noted that it rarely, if ever, works. Hand gestures can definitely work for some larger devices, but it does not look like they are going to takeover the mobile market any time soon.
People are Too Lazy for Hand Gestures
Although hand gestures are extremely easy to use, the fact of the matter is that it is still much easier to use a touchscreen remote. It would actually make more sense to create a situation where the touch screen monitor remote can be used sometimes and hand gestures can be used at other times. When you are standing up in a room and you want to turn on the television, you should not need to grab your tablet or smartphone to get the job done. Conversely, you also do not want to get up and move very much if you are lying down on the couch during a Netflix marathon.
What is the Future of Hand Gestures?
We will probably continue to see hand gestures move into areas where they make sense. In addition to video game consoles and media docks for televisions, they also have some useful applications for desktop computers. It would be nice to be able to swipe through multiple workscreens on a desktop computer by simply swiping over to a new screen with your hand in front of the monitor. It would also be simply cool to be able to give a Like on Facebook with a simply thumbs-up gesture. While there are plenty of different opportunities for hand gestures to improve our productivity and enjoyment with technology, it seems that they are not going to completely replace the touch screen monitor at any point in the near future.
+Michael Alvarez, has been working in the electronics and technology field for over 20 years. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise of touch screen monitors with others; while continuing to grow his knowledge.