Ultra-small PCs that fit on a single chip. Batteries that recharge without cables. TVs that respond to your every gesture. These and other developing technologies will fundamentally change the way you think about and use your computer. PC Advisor looks at the technology of tomorrow.
Your fingers do even more walking
Last year Microsoft introduced Surface, a table with a built-in touchscreen; many industry watchers have seen it as a bellwether for touch-sensitive computing embedded into every device imaginable. The reality of touch devices may be driven by something entirely different and more accessible, however: the Apple iPhone.
What is it?
With the iPhone, multitouch technology reinvented what we knew about the humble touchpad. Since the iPhone's launch, multitouch has found its way into numerous mainstream devices, including the Asus Eee PC 900 and a Dell Latitude tablet PC. Now all eyes are turned back to Apple, to see how it will further adapt multitouch.
Patents that Apple has filed for a multitouch tablet PC have many people expecting the company to dive into this neglected market, possibly sparking explosive growth in the category.
When is it coming?
It's not a question of when multitouch will arrive, but how quickly the trend will grow. Fewer than 200,000 touchscreen devices were shipped in 2006. iSuppli analysts have estimated that a whopping 833 million will be sold in 2013.
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