Computerworld, one of the leading sources for news about computech, has an article about touch-based interfaces. Here’s the first couple of paragraphs.
February 1, 2008 (Computerworld) The WIMP human-computer interface may have an uninspiring name, but Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointing devices have dominated computing for some 15 years. The keyboard, mouse and display screen have served users extraordinarily well.
But now the hegemony of WIMP may be coming to an end, say developers of technologies based on human touch and gesture. For evidence, look no further than Apple’s one-year-old iPhone. From a human-interface point of view, the combined display and input capabilities of the iPhone’s screen, which can be manipulated by multiple fingers in a variety of intuitive touches and gestures, is nothing short of revolutionary, researchers say.