Friday, December 10, 2010

#DISPLAYS: "IT Kiosks Ride Touch-Screen Wave"

Touch-screen-tablet mania is sweeping the globe, not only boosting Apple's worldwide mobile PC standing from No. 8 to No. 3—behind HP and Acer—but boosting sales at every other vendor of touch screens too, such as NextWindow (a subsidiary of Smart Technologies ULC, Calgary), which IT organizations are enlisting to offer walk-up information centers worldwide. Look for large touchscreens to begin appearing everywhere public information is available over the next five to seven years. R. Colin Johnson, Kyoto Prize Fellow @NextGenLog

The NextWindow 1900 Series Touch Screen installed on the HP TouchSmart All-In-One PC turns it into a giant touch-screen tablet.

Here is what my story in Smarter Technology says about touchscreens: Sales of touch screens worldwide continue to rise on the iPad tide that has already raised Apple's worldwide mobile PC market share to 12.4 percent (up from 4.8 percent without the iPad), according to a recent DisplaySearch report. Touch screens for kiosks were already in widespread use, such as at American Airlines Admirals Club lounges, which use HP's TouchSmart PCs with NextWindow touch screens. The new wave of touch-screen mania triggered by the phenomenal success of Apple's iPad, however, has touched off not only a competing tablet frenzy—like HP's Slate and Samsung's Galaxy Tab—but is also prompting IT organizations worldwide to start offering NextWindow-based public information centers in the increasingly familiar touch format...
Full Text: