1972 PLATO IV •First touchscreen ever built•Built by the University of Illinois as acomputer-based educations system•Made particularly for students to be able toanswer questions using a touchscreen•Priced at $12,000 during its time•This device was really popular because it wasthe first touchscreen ever invented, but manypeople couldn’t afford it.
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•The HP-150 was the first touchscreen computerever made so it became increasingly popular overthe years of 1983-1984
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•The Home Manager was the first Touchscreen basedhome automation system . It was introduced in 1985and was produced until 1999. The price of this devicewas $1500 only because it was touchscreen and noone had ever heard of anything like this.
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 manufactured 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•The price of this device was $369. The companys sales were$889.3 million in 1997.
2007 iPhone •The apple IPhone was first introduced on January 9, 2007 nearly 15years after the IBM Simon was introduced•This is an all around phone. It could be used for music, organizingetc.•It was the first smartphone to bring many, now standard,technologies to the industry including multi-touch gestures, full Webbrowsing, and an accelerometer to flip the screen’s orientation or actas another form of input•They also had neat applications that would do different things it waseasy for consumers to download and install these apps that 1 billionof them were downloaded in the first nine months.•iPhone Weekend One: 700,000 Sold, $200million+ Profit For Apple(not including marketing costs), on sales somewhere between$350million and $420million, significantly more than earlier estimatesof Apple having a $300million weekend.
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 designed tohandle internet browsing, email, photos, music, videos,games and eBooks.•And with an available keyboard dock and plenty of appsjust a touch away, the iPad will also serve a market ofnon-technical and new computer users. The iPad mayprove to do for touchscreen tablets what Apple did forsmartphones with the release of the iPhone.•The iPad was selected by Time Magazine as one of the50 Best Inventions of the Year 2010. Apple has sold14.79 million iPads since launching the tablet inmid-2010
Video • This video will show you how far technology has advanced in touchscreens since 1972http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TofWQZe6ucU&feature=player_embedde
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?