Here at the Internet Telephony conference in Miami Beach, I had a fascinating coversation late yesterday with a representative of a Canadian company called One Monitor.
The rep-who did not want his name disclosed because he is not his firm's official spokesperson- told me of an imminent plan One Monitor has to build touch-sensitive PC screens that would enable users of Internet softphone applications to dial numbers from the softphone by pressing "buttons" on the softphone as they appear on the screen.
For example, a user with the Skype softphone appearing on a monitor enabled with this company's technology would simply touch each keypad with his finger as he or she dials the number.
The technology would be a variant on one already offered by One Monitor that enables flat-panel, wall-mounted touch navigation and control on monitors used in some Canadian classrooms.
The actual software that enables such applications to run is not made by One Monitor, but by an unnamed supplier.
Sorry to be fuzzy on the details, but I've just told you all the specifics the guy would share with me for now.
I will be (pun intended) "monitoring" this situation and will report back.