We’re used to interacting with our smart phones and Apple iPads* using touch. Yet, when we use a desktop or a notebook, we typically use a keyboard or mouse. With touch capability becoming available in more and more Ultrabook devices, Intel undertook a research program to better understand if and how people might use touch capabilities in more traditional, notebook form-factor devices.
To spoil the ending, the results were positive—very positive, in fact. Users who were presented with a way to interact with their computers via touch, keyboard, and mouse found it an extremely natural and fluid way of working. One user described it using the Italian word simpatico—literally, that her computer was in tune with her and sympathetic to her demands.
Let’s look at the research Intel’s team undertook, and then at how we can bring the lessons learned from that information forward into our applications.
Scoping the Problem
It’s easy enough to be dazzled by the appeal of developing applications for smart phones or ...