Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has released a video comparing current touchscreen technology to its vision of where touch input delay needs to be: 1ms. Paul Dietz is part of the group that's been conducting research into the area, and he says that 1ms is a great benchmark to aim for, as it reduces the lag between touch input and display response to a pretty much imperceptible level. Current touchscreens have a lag of around 100ms, according to Microsoft's data, which results in a recognizable delay between your touch and the onscreen interaction you're trying to activate. Although the demo from the Redmond team isn't actually running on a touchscreen display — input reaction is projected onto the surface from above — the basic idea of such instant responsiveness leaves us in no doubt that Microsoft's got the right idea.
Microsoft working to develop touchscreens with only 1ms lag (video)
Microsoft is working on new touch input technology that will reduce the response delay of touchscreens by two orders of magnitude, right down to an instantaneous 1ms.
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