Who Invented The Touch Screen?

Who invented the touch screen? I’ll bet you already know! Or just try to deny it. The answer is in the ‘who’ part, but I won’t get into who that is because I’m leaving you to figure that out on your own.

Who invented the touch screen

It used to be that you’d see on the TV screen or the computer screen, and you didn’t have to touch anything to operate it. But then mobile phones came out, with the ability to send voice through the touch of a button. Suddenly, input wasn’t so simple anymore. Suddenly, you had to use your fingers to punch keys and move buttons. Suddenly, you had to remember which buttons to press in order to get to different applications and menus and so on.

In some ways, it still doesn’t make sense to think about where the invention came from, because at that point in time, nobody was thinking in those terms. But it is helpful to know where it came from, if only to give you some kind of context for the things that are happening today. Back when mobile phones first came out, we all knew that they were amazing pieces of machinery. People were literally walking around with mini computers in their hands, capable of surfing the web, checking their email, playing games, taking pictures and so on.

And yet, people were slow to realize what they had been missing. Touch screens are everywhere you go these days. From ATM machines to sandwich boards to your car’s dashboard, you interact with them every day. There are entire companies built just on providing you with touch-screens to interact with.

So the question remains: who innovated this? I’d say Apple specifically, because they’re the ones that sell you the product. Who else could come up with something like this? I mean, look at all the other products that are out there. There’s a lot of competition.

You can make a touch screen phone, you can put music on it, take pictures with it… Why wouldn’t you want this? It seems so easy. So who invented the touch screen, and why haven’t we figured it out by now?

Well, let’s take a look at some of the competitors. The BlackBerry has a really cool touch screen feature. They make it sound so simple, but after having it in my BlackBerry, I can tell you it’s not as easy as it sounds. The navigation buttons are hard to press, and if you don’t know which button is which, then you could spend an hour trying to figure it out.

Then, of course, you have the Palm and the iPhone. Both of these use resistive touch technology. These kinds of devices have had their fair share of “amazing features” that seemed too good to be true at first…

But that’s what makes them special, right? They’re different, and therefore, are more amazing. Who knows, maybe in a few years we’ll look back and wonder who came up with the idea of a touch screen cell phone. Who knows?