Zytronic demonstrated its latest contribution to the advancement of interactive digital signage systems at Integrated Systems Europe 2013. The company showcased its multitouch sensing solutions to curved surfaces, allowing new, aesthetically pleasing designs through which sophisticated human-machine interaction can take place, the company said in an announcement.

Utilising Zytronic's patented Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT), the sensor mechanism can deliver single-, dual- or 10-point multitouch operation to either concave or convex surfaces. Curved along a single axis, display formats of up 46 inches can be supported by this solution — maximizing the active area available to the operator or operators, the announcement said.

The glass substrate to be used in the touch sensor is heated to its softening point and formed against a custom tool to replicate the required radius of curvature. The customer can specify the radius to suit their particular application or design. Among the various live demonstrations at the Zytronic stand is a 22-inch curved touchscreen with a convex configuration, simulating the "spinning reel" of a casino game.

"User interface designers are increasingly thinking beyond conventional two dimensional surfaces, encouraged by innovation in the display industry and consumer demand for more unusual and attractive forms. Our ability to offer curved, durable and ultra large format touch surfaces should give system designers free-reign to create some truly unusual touch enabled devices, suitable for use in self-service applications and public environments. The option of adding our latest 10 point multitouch technology to these screens opens up the horizons even further," said Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director for Zytronic.

"Integrated Systems Europe is an ideal platform for the Zytronic team to showcase the ground-breaking rugged, multitouch, curved touch solutions we have developed. The fact that we can bring our technology's proven durability to ultra large format displays, up to 82-inch, is a boon for applications like digital signage, retail and public information systems. It is something that no other touch sensor manufacturer can currently offer the market, putting us in a very strong position," Crosby added.

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