There are a lot of techie companies who are going gaga over touch-based technology/ computing. The touch sensitive input devices and all that.
I guess, I seriously considered touch based technology after seeing the yet-to-be-released Apple's iPhone. Motorola quickly came up with a Moto-Rockr and this phone is pretty good too.
But what about the next step of evolution of a personal computer ?
Now I see two more devices which are in the pipeline which are creating a major hype and hooplah. Both are from Microsoft. Both are REALLY expensive. They call the technology as "surface computing" and the devices as "surface computing devices".
Here is a quick hasty google result of the products :-
Microsoft Surface. Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame.
Microsoft Milan. The tabletop computer, for which Microsoft has created both the hardware and the software, is entirely driven by touch — there is no mouse or keyboard.
Although a mouse can become obsolete, the concept of a keyboard can become more of a software than a physical keyboard in the future.
That is all okay, but everything is driven by money, if you ask me.
$5000 is a little too much for a PC, (which is, at this moment, of history of mankind) a tertiary necessity.