Time for a Standard for Touch?

hp_touchsmart_pc_the_future_is_now_180x110Touch functionality has become a key component of a host of different operating systems on smartphones, laptops and even traditional PCs. So shouldn’t we have some sort of touch standard for developers looking to build to a variety of OSes?

Hewlett-Packard today released an open SDK for its TouchSmart line of products, enabling business developers to create touch apps for desktop and notebook PCs as well as sales or information kiosks. The interface already includes apps from corporate partners such as Hulu, Netflix, Pandora and Twitter; HP hopes to grow its list of partners by making the SDK available to the public.

As touch becomes a must-have user interface, developers are increasingly faced with a host of platforms on which to build. In addition to HP, Apple, Microsoft and Dell are among those companies looking to bring touch capabilities to traditional computing, and numerous mobile manufacturers, in light of the iPhone’s success, are building their user interfaces around touch. That’s good news for consumers, of course, but it also means developers must work that much harder to build apps for each specific platform. So perhaps it’s time for a standards-based initiative that provides a way for developers to incorporate touch in the apps across a variety of OSes.

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