Six common applications for touch screen technology

The impact of touch screens on everyday life continues to grow.

Touch screens have become increasingly common over the years. The global touch screen display market is projected to grow from $66.91 billion in 2022 to $166.12 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 13.9% in the forecast period.

Here are six of the most common applications for this technology that drives our everyday life.

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Six common applications of touch screen technology


1. Smartphones

Whether it runs Android or iOS, nearly every smartphone has a touch screen interface. Touch screens have become synonymous with smartphones. Some of the world’s earliest smartphones used a QWERTY keypad. In the early 2000s, though, manufacturers began using touch screen displays in their smartphones.

2. Tablets

In addition to smartphones, nearly all tablet computers feature touch screen interfaces. Tablet computers, as you may know, run the same mobile operating systems (OSs) as smartphones. The main difference between the two is that smartphones are smaller and support calls, whereas tablets are larger and may or may not support calls. Nonetheless, they both feature a touch screen interface.

3. HMIs

Another common application for touch screen technology is human machine interfaces (HMIs). HMIs are industrial control systems used in manufacturing facilities and other commercial workspaces. While some of them are basic and consist of nothing more than levers and knobs, others are more complex. Some complex HMIs use a touch screen interface to provide a method of control.

4. POS systems

Retail stores, as well as other businesses, often use touch-screen-based point-of-sale (POS) systems. POS systems allow businesses to accept and process payments from their customers. Traditional cash registers are rarely used by modern businesses. Instead, businesses today use touch-screen-based POS systems.

5. Infotainment systems

You’ll often find infotainment systems with a touch screen interface. An infotainment system is a type of electronic system in automobiles that provides information and entertainment. Most infotainment systems feature touch screen interfaces that the driver or a passenger can use to control it. Some of them feature physical buttons as well, but nearly all modern infotainment systems have a touch screen interface.

6. Smart appliances

Smart appliances often utilize touch screen interfaces. Smart appliances consist of washing machines, clothes dryers, ovens and other major household appliances that offer some form of wireless connectivity and/or automation. They are designed to optimize energy usage so that the respective appliance consumes less energy during operation. When shopping for a smart appliance, you may discover that many of them feature a touch screen interface. The presence of a touch screen interface offers an easy and convenient method of control.

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