More than half of under-15s will use touchscreen PCs by 2015

Only 10% of businesses will adopt touch technology by 2015

More than half of PCs purchased for use by under 15s in 2015 will have touchscreen, says Gartner.

According to the research firm, less than two percent of PCs purchased for this age group in 2009 had touchscreens.

However, when it comes to PCs for business use, less than 10 percent will have a touchscreen by 2015.

Leslie Fiering, research vice president at Gartner, said there was renewed interest in touch input, despite the fact the technology has been around for more than 20 years.

"Multitouch on smartphones and the Apple iPhone phenomenon have shown users how useful touch can be with the right implementation, and Apple's introduction of the larger iPad has set off a wave of speculation about changing the industry," said Fiering."What we're going to see is the younger generation beginning to use touchscreen computers ahead of organisations."

Gartner said the "muscle memory of mouse users and the potential problems of moving a user's hands from the keyboard to the mouse will create particular adoption barriers" in business use.

"As with many recent technology advances, touch adoption will be led by consumers and only gradually get accepted by the organisation," Fiering said.

"What will be different here is the expected widespread adoption of touch by education, so that an entire generation will graduate within the next 10 to 15 years for who touch input is totally natural."

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