1972 PLATO IV •First touchscreen ever built•Built by the University of Illinois as acomputer-based educations system•Made particularily for students to be able toanswer questions using a touchscreen•Priced at $12,000 during its time
1983 HP-150 •Released in 1983 and was the world’s earliestcommercial touchscreen computer•This computer featured a touch-sensitive screenthat allowed users to activate a feature by touchingthe screen•Was made for families to enjoy this newtechnology at the time
1985 Home Manager•The company sought to create the world’s firsttouchscreen-based home automation system. UnitySystems’ Home Manager was introduced in 1985 andwas produced by the company until 1999. Service isstill available to the nearly 6,000 systems that remainin operation today•Made for families hence the name Home Manager
1989 GRiDPAD•GRiD was a pioneer in mobile computing, andmany of the technologies in today’s notebooks,tablets, and handhelds would not exist had itnot been for the GRID•It measured 9 x 12 x 1.4 inches and weighed4.5 pounds. Text was entered directly on thescreen with an electronic pen. The procedurewas slow, taking one to two seconds for writtencharacters to be redisplayed as computer-generated characters
1992 Simon•The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was theworlds first smartphone, created by a joint venturebetween IBM and BellSouth.• Simon was first shown as a product concept in 1992•Was priced at $899 in 1992•Mainly used for business purposes. The IBM Simonwas the first PDA/Phone combo.•e major applications were a calendar, address book,world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail, and games. Ithad no physical buttons to dial with. Instead customersused a touchscreen to select phone numbers with
1996 Pilot•First generation of PDAs manafactured by Palm Computing in1996•The Pilot PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) was mainly targetedtowards business people because it would help them organizetheir stuff easily and it was more convenient at the time.•The inventors of the Pilot were Jeff Hawkins, Donna Dubinsky,and Ed Colligan, who founded Palm Computing. The originalpurpose of this company was to create handwriting recognitionsoftware for other devices
2007 iPhone•The apple Iphone was first introduced on January9, 2007 nearly 15 years after the IBM Simon wasintroduced•This is an all around phone. It could be used formusic, organizing etc.•It was the first smartphone to bring many, nowstandard, technologies to the industry includingmulti-touch gestures, full Web browsing, and anaccelerometer to flip the screen’s orientation or actas another form of input•They also had neat applications that would dodifferent things it was easy for consumers todownload and install these apps that 1 billion ofthem were downloaded int he first nine months.
2007 Surface•A table computer that uses multi-touch technology toallow several users, using their fingers (up to 52), tosimultaneously manipulate images and other data righton the screen•It can also sense and interact with objects likecameras, phones, water glasses, and evenpaintbrushes that are placed on top of it
2010-2012 iPad•Apple’s iPad is a gap between laptops andsmartphones•It had many great features. A machine dsigned tohandle internet browsing, email, photos, music,videos, games and eBooks.•And with an available keyboard dock and plenty ofapps just a touch away, the iPad will also serve amarket of non-technical and new computer users.The iPad may prove to do for touchscreen tabletswhat Apple did for smartphones with the release ofthe iPhone.
This video will show you how far technology has advanced in touchscreens since 1972http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TofWQZe6ucU&feature=player_embedded
Conclusion Overall Touchscreens revolutionized the smartphoneindustry. What was state-of-the-art technology 20years ago is now almost standard for all devices. Theability to operate a device by touch has changed theway we interact with our devices, but there’s alwaysroom for improvement. So, what comes next?