Touch Screens of the Future

In the coming era of touch-sensitive devices, taps and swipes just won’t cut it

Mobile and wearable devices are now incredibly powerful and, increasingly, incredibly small. But touch screens interactions are still limited to taps, swipes, and pinches. Chris Harrison, an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, thinks that’s pretty lame. The human hand is capable of much more, and touch-sensitive devices could be too.

To prove it, Harrison programmed a screen of the future. His tablets and smartphones respond to gestures that mimic real-life interactions and use dimensions of touch that today’s screens ignore, such as pressure, texture, the shape of your hand, and even sound.

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