In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Nick Wingfield wrote about Microsoft’s big plans towards touch screen technology.
Wingfield wrote, “While Apple Inc’s iPhone kicked off the craze for touch-sensing screens on mobile phones, Microsoft Corp. is pushing a similar technology for personal-computer screens that could eventually replace the computer mouse.”
In fact, Microsoft is investing $24 million in an Israeli start-up, N-Trig Ltd., whose primary product is touch screen technology. Its investment, Wingfield says, will ensure that their touch technology will integrate into Windows 7 — Microsoft’s next generation Windows operating system.
Rumors have been around for a couple of years that Crestron and Microsoft are working together on some massive project. It certainly makes sense, as Crestron is the premiere custom programmable company with the largest market share around. And, with the future of computing apparently heading the way of touch — i.e., HP’s TouchSmart PCs, Apple’s integration of a multi-touch touch-pad in all their laptops, and the plethora of touch screen phones that have followed the iPhone — it’s certainly possible that we may see some collaborative example of a home media PC filled with Crestron expertise and control some time in 2009.