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How Touch Screen Displays Are Being Used

By Mark Walters

One of the simplest forms of personal computer communication that has been developed over recent years is the touch screen. Below are some examples of their uses in modern society:

Public Information Displays – The primary reason behind the increase in use of touch screen displays is simply due to the ease of use they offer. People of an older generation, who maybe have had no real experience with computers, can quickly work out how to use them and find the information they need easily. Public information displays come in the form of information kiosks, trade show displays, tourism displays, and many others.

Retail Systems – Touchscreens can be utilized very effectively within the retail and restaurant sectors by improving the speed of transactions with customers. With a touch screen system such as a cash register, an order entry station or even seat reservation systems, employees can work much faster and the training of employees becomes simpler. With the size of the unit being much smaller than the equivalent data entry systems, counter space is also increased.

Customer Self-Service – For many businesses, customer service is an important factor in improving the perception the public has of your business. Co-currently, waiting in line has also been a factor customers always try to avoid (understandably). Touch screen systems improve both of these factors hugely by giving the customer the advantage of taking control of their data input and acquisition.

Computer Training – As touch screen interfaces are more user-friendly than other types of input devices, training time for computer novices can be significantly reduced. They also help to make the learning process more fun and interactive. Studies have shown that courses that involve large parts of touch screen computer training are more popular with students than courses which do not make use of the technology.

Assistive Technology – Assistive technology in the form of touch screen systems like on screen keyboards are extremely helpful for people who have difficulties in using a keyboard or mouse. This technology can increase the availability of computer resources to these people, making their lives a little bit easier.

Industrial And Manufacturing – Touch screen interfaces are useful in various systems within industrial and manufacturing processes. With a graphical interface, operators are able to monitor and control complex and technical operations in real-time. By combining the input device with the display screen, space is saved and there is less equipment out that can be damaged.

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