Yesterday, my wife was watching one of those TV channels that sell things 24 hours a day. This one happened to be QVC. Her two favorite channels are QVC and HSN (Home Shopping Network). I am not sure what QVC stands for. Maybe it is ‘Quality, Value, and Convenience’ or maybe it is ‘Quick, Vain, Cash’?
Anyway, they were selling a touch screen computer. I told my wife that a touch screen was old technology and really not that convenient. When I worked a contract job with G.E. Nuclear, they had a touch screen monitor set up on a computer system that controlled a special heat treat application and that was back at the end of the 1980’s
Touch screen control over a computer is a great idea for controlling equipment or processes. They are easy to use, the commands are all visual, and the screen can be mounted on the wall or in a control panel.
As for the regular use of home computers, I don’t think it is such a good idea. I know I wouldn’t use it, and if I did, only for short commands. I now sit back in my office chair with the keyboard on my lap. The mouse is at my right hand. I sure would not want to have to reach up and keep touching the screen to operate my computer. That would be very tiring.
Yea, I know, it looks neat. Well, it is, and for non-industrial use, it is really only for show. It is like, “Hey look Ma, no mouse and no keyboard”. Kind of reminds me of, “Hey look Ma, no hands”. Right after that last statement, Ma is picking you up and dressing your wounds.
Yes, I know, I may be a little old fashioned, but I have been known to work 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, when I had a rush project to do. If I had to be reaching up and touching a screen for all those commands, my arms would have fallen off.
Don’t yell at me, I know even if you have a touch screen you can still use your mouse and keyboard. I think this time I will keep my money and pass on a “touch” screen. We did order another new electronic “toy” from QVC and it should arrive in a couple of days. Will have to tell you about that, but will wait to see how it works out, first.
Have a good week.