AIS industrial multi-touch screen-panel PC computers or panel-mount HMI panels combine an Intel Atom dual core processor with projected capacitive touch technology in an industrial-grade flat panel. (Source: American Industrial Systems)
Very Interesting article, HMI is definetly worth spending money on by a company since it makes control easier and more centeralized. But it would be interesting to see that how many companies actually adopt multitouch technology, some might stay with the conventional HMI's mostly because there might not be alot of application for the multitouch. Multitouch although quite fascinating might be a bit too advanced for manufacturing companies.
It will be interesting to see how many OEM machines actually implement more sophiticated HMIs that use some of these features. It definitely would add to the cost of development, especially moving to more sophisticated graphics, and one question is whether that expense will be worth it for many machines. Especially over the near term.
If my work's not fun Rob, I have to ask myself why I'm doing it. Yes I need the wage to live, but it should be fun at the same time (just don't tell the owners or they'll dock my pay for having fun on company time).
I see it more as bringing expectations of machinery up to human standards, instead of shaping humans to fit machinery.
Another example of how successful, large-scale consumer electronics innovations can be ported to much smaller markets such as industrial, after high enough volumes have been manufactured to bring prices down.