Touchscreens coming to more than just mobile devices
The recent rise of smartphones and tablet computers is having an effect on more than just the mobile market. As the devices and their capabilities continue to become more popular, they are starting to influence other areas of the technology industry.
The touchscreen is one feature of these mobile devices that is moving into other spaces. Several manufacturers have already released touchscreen televisions that bring a new level of interaction to the viewing experience.
The video game industry is also embracing this capability. Rumors have been circulating that Microsoft® is planning to introduce a touchscreen controller for the next installment of its Xbox® gaming console. According to reports, the controller would feature the same sticks and buttons as the Xbox 360's controller, but with a small touchscreen in the center.
Apple® has reportedly filed a patent application for a new touchscreen remote control, which would remove many of the buttons -- and therefore the clutter -- of traditional universal remotes.
Though touchscreen technology has been around for decades, it has never been as prominent as it is now. Many of these touchscreen devices have been in the works for several years, but it's difficult not to give some of the credit to today's advanced mobile technology.