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Touch-Based and Gesture-Based Devices

The term touch screen is generally used to describe any kind of display with a touch-sensitive surface that can be used for interaction by touching it with fingers or special devices such as styli or gloves. While touch screen development dates back to the 1960s, increased recent usage is due to mobile computing. This entry first explains the features of touch screens, their use in devices, and their interface and interaction design. It then discusses their relevance in education.

Touch screens have become the standard for interaction with mobile phones and tablet devices for many reasons. Touch screens allow for larger screen estate because less space is needed for physical buttons and controls. Touch screens can increase interaction speed by enabling users to directly select a ...

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