First Jobs and Woz visited Xerox PARC, got the idea for a graphical interface, which in 1984 led to the Macintosh. Then Bill Gates got into the act and Windows was born. Some twenty-five later, Apple brought us the iPhone and iTouch, the first mass-market devices with touch screens. Then along came H.P., Dell, Intel and Microsoft, looking for a way to cash in and boost their lagging sales. As Ashlee Vance reports in the Times today,
Working together, Microsoft and N-trig have created a type of software interface that lets other companies add touch functions to their programs. Such touch software can handle lots of fingers hitting a screen at once rather than just relying on one or two digits, as most of today’s touch screens do.
Read the whole story here: PC Touch-Screen Technology Moving Beyond Curiosity – NYTimes.com.