First, laptop computers caused the downfall of the mouse, and now the keyboard is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

As personal electronics are striving to keep up with multimedia giant Apple, the world of computing and technology is reaching out for a more touching approach.

Touchscreens are now commonplace in the high-tech gadget market. You would be hard-pressed to find a phone, netbook or ATM that didn’t make use of the technology. Natural user interfaces have become all the rage as companies are responding to how people interact with the world around them.

Companies like Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have taken notice of the success of the iPhone and are quickly coming up with their own spin on the theme. The market is abuzz with companies frantically working on the next big thing in touchable devices.

Experts note that humans are more likely to interact with a device that makes use of their sense of touch and orientation. Humans are naturally drawn to holding things, touching them, and this is the secret to the success of touch-screen enabled devices.

Things like e-readers were first introduced to the dilemma of touch from their inception. The market quickly responded by setting out newer models with that were touchable.

People rushed to the new devices grabbing them up despite being several hundred dollars more than the non-touch models. Touch is here to stay, and for now, the tech world looks like a more touchy-feely place.