Zytronic announces force sensing technology for its touch sensors

Zytronic, a leader in advanced, rugged Projected Capacitative Technology (PCT and MPCT) announced the addition of force sensing to its touch sensors allowing ATMs, Kiosks, Game terminals and Interactive Video walls to differentiate between a soft and a hard touch.

Force or pressure sensing gives application developers a fantastic opportunity to innovate. Zytronic is bringing this technology to financial, retail, gaming, industrial and other commercial touch screen applications. Zytronic’s approach is based on a measurement of the surface area of an applied touch, which changes the measured capacitative signal levels at the relaive touch location on the sensor. The eliminates the need for pieze-electric or other layers on the glass to measure applied force or pressure.

A video showing how force sensing technology can help partially sighted users interact with the keyboard or PIN pad on a touchscreen enabled ATM or Kiosk

A video showing how force sensing can transform a wayfinder

In a way finder or web browsing application, a soft touch can open a preview window – then pressing harder fully open the window. On a kiosk, a soft touch can bring a menu of options and increasing the applied force makes a selection. For instance, an initial touch can trigger an audio confirmation of the selection, then increasing the force activates the choice.

Zytronic will demonstrate force sensing technology at ISE, between February 7 and 10 at Amsterdam RAI. Zytronic will exhibit on stand 8E-350

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