Zytronic, manafacturer of custom designed, durable Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT and MPCT) touch sensors demonstrates a new Hybrid Touch technology that enables full integration of physical controls within an active touchscreen at ISE (Hall 8, stand G351), using a 55” touch table with their take on a classic board game for visitors to play.
Zytronic’s hybrid touch allows mechanical buttons and dials to be incorporated in the active area of projected capacitive touchscreens which can be used in videowalls, touch tables and kiosks. This gives designers the flexibility of touch sensors and the tactile feel of mechanical controls without the need to incorporate a separate button deck underneath or alongside the screen. Physical buttons and dials can now be placed in and around the active area of the projected capacitive touchscreen and are connected invisibly through the viewable area of the screen. It is the first time that the two most used control technologies have been so closely integrated.
Zytronic designs and manufactures Hybrid Touch sensors with precisely machined apertures in the touch sensor located and shaped according to the system designers’ specifications, allowing their chosen dials or switches to be placed exactly where required. Zytronic then deposits power and data lines to the mechanical controls embedded within the touch interface using the same proprietary approach as it uses to deposit the touch electrodes, ensuring that they are invisible to the user of the system. These microfine traces are taken to a flex tail at the edge of the screen, where a connection can be made to the electromechanical controller. The system’s response to the mechanical control can be context sensitive – giving a high degree of flexibility in user interface design.
Supporting up to 80 simultaneous touches, the ZXY500 controller allows touch sensors to be designed with an ultra-narrow inactive border, creating a sleek appearance by using the maximum display area. The increased speed of the controller updates touch co-ordinates in 1ms at the controller output, reducing touch latency by a third compared to previous generation controllers and improving the user experience. ZXY500 controllers enable a faster, more responsive user experience even in demanding outdoor and unattended locations where users may be wearing gloves or applying only a light touch.