Innovative multiple user projected capacitive touch sensor shows its credentials in commercial applications
Zytronic has further solidified its position as the global leader in highly durable, large form factor, multi-touch sensing solutions - having been chosen by touch screen integrator DisplayLite for its recently launched ‘Zero Bezel’ range of touch tables and wall-mounted displays.
The new DisplayLite products are targeted at showrooms, boardrooms, banks and other business, retail and leisure environments. One of its key features is an attractive smooth, all glass fronted design, free of unsightly bezel structures or frames around the perimeter of the display. Supporting Windows 8 operation, it is based on NEC’s super-slim MultiSync X462S LED display. The tables and wall-mounted displays have the capability to detect more than 10 touch points at once. This allows multiple users to simultaneously activate the surface using swipes, drag/drops, page flicks, pinch zooms and a variety of other defined gestures.
The initial touch solution provided to DisplayLite by Zytronic consists of 40, 46 and 55-inch versions of the company’s multi-touch projected capacitance based touch sensor made from 4mm thermally toughened glass with a custom printed black border. This is combined with Zytronic’s ZXY200 high performance multi-touch controller which interfaces directly with Windows 7, 8 and the latest Linux kernels supporting multi-touch. The inherent ruggedness of Zytronic’s multi-touch sensing solutions makes them highly suited to public use and self-service deployments. Thanks to their unique construction, they have strong resilience to severe impacts, scratches, liquid spillages and harsh cleaning chemicals.
Many large format multi-touch solutions on the market lack the sturdiness required for reliable use in demanding operational environments. Systems based on camera or infrared (IR) touch technologies require bezels for housing the transmitting/receiving optics. This makes edge-to-edge operation difficult. Such solutions have poor aesthetics and are vulnerable to damage, with performance potentially affected by the congregation of dust/dirt around the bezel optics. Furthermore, the risk of false touches is an ever present problem with camera/IR based touch solutions - especially when deployed horizontally into tables, as users may inadvertently activate the touchscreen while leaning across or resting upon the table, or bring other items (ties, sleeves, pens, cups, etc.) accidentally into proximity with its surface. Zytronic’s multi-touch technology eradicates these issues, as it will not react to inanimate or non-conductive items and advanced ‘palm rejection’ firmware, embedded in the touch controller, detects and ignores false touches from arms, elbows, etc.
“What proved crucial for us was the ability of Zytronic’s touch solution to ignore the permanent touch points caused by objects being put on a table and allowing users to keep their hands free for operating the user interface,” says Simon Perry, Director at DisplayLite. “Other touch sensing technologies register these false touches, which affects system performance.
“Furthermore,” he continues, “as no bezel is needed the full area of the touch display can be utilised. User interface designers do not, therefore, have to worry about whether or not they can position icons close to its edges.”
“The introduction of our multi-touch screens has added a further exciting dimension to the Zytronic product portfolio,” Ian Crosby, Sales Marketing Director at Zytronic, states. “It allows us to marry the ultra-large size capability and native durability of our existing PCT technology with the compelling multi-touch functionality. This latest design win with DisplayLite underlines the value the industry at large can derive from this latest advance in projected capacitive touch technology.”
Zytronic is the developer and manufacturer of a unique range of internationally award-winning touch sensor products. These products employ an embedded sensing element and are based around projected capacitive technology (PCT™) sensing. PCT offers significant durability, environmental stability and optical enhancement benefits to system designers of touch interactive, industrial, self - service and public access equipment. During 2012, Zytronic developed new know-how to create mutual projected capacitive technology (MPCT™), which enables multi-user and multi touch sensing in ultra large form factor sizes up to 84".
Zytronic products are used in electronic displays for self service and information systems, ATMs and gaming machines, as well as by military, computer, telecommunications and medical OEMs, and are available from its network of worldwide distributors. The company has its headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Blaydon, Tyne Wear in the UK. In addition to ISO-approved manufacturing, these facilities are home to Zytronic’s team of lamination, material science and electronics specialists who are responsible for ongoing product development in composite technology.
DisplayLite specialises in interactive touch screens and LCD monitors and all products are manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK. The company offers a wide range of products based on professional-grade displays from global brands such as NEC and Samsung and using high performance touch screen sensor technologies from PQ Labs, 3M, Elo Touch Solutions, Zytronic and other industry-leaders. Products are distributed via a network of distributors across Europe and the Middle East. DisplayLite develops solutions for the most design conscious, high-end retail and corporate applications but also into areas such as air traffic control, digital signage, medical imaging and the arts and heritage sector. The company has a first class reputation for service and support and works closely with system integrators, POP display stand builders, event organisers, software developers and other partners to offer a full customisation and integration service.
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