Microsoft just posted a video on YouTube, showing us the future of touchscreens, that involves a very fast user interaction. You may have noticed that sometimes the touch experience on the most modern of tablets seems to… lag or not respond as well as you’d like. Paul Dietz of Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group claims that the average touchscreen has a latency of 100ms, that can create quite a bit of lag between the user’s touchscreen and the display’s reaction.
Of course, this experience is the one you get on most tablets on the market, so for consumers out there this is the current standard. It feels totally usable, but Microsoft wants even more. Right now, if you drag an app on the iPad screen, the icon will “dance” around the finger a bit as the screen tries to keep up with your input. Microsoft intends to correct that and the demo below shows us an incredible delay time of a mere 1 ms, unbelievable as that may seem.
The difference is incredible and input never felt more real time than now. Dietz also shows a slow motion experience in the same video, for better details. Imagine that the screen is now 100 times more responsive, so this also means that graphical designers will finally get that precise gesture/movement they intended to do on a certain drawing or project. The stylus-based interfaces could make good use of this technology, like the 10 inch Galaxy Note 10.1, for example. Of course, the application of the Microsoft technology lays rather in the professional field than the consumer one.