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New features to enhance the interactive touch screen
    User interface designers are always looking for innovation, using new methods and technologies to increase engagement and ease of use, and attract the attention of customers. For example, force sensing technology has recently been favored on smartphones, tablet computers, and now also on large contact-screen applications. Object recognition is another technique that can be applied to touch-sensitive tables designed using projected capacitive technology (PCT ™ and MPCT ™) touch sensors.
    Force sensing
    Whether literal or metaphorical, force or pressure sensing adds a new dimension to the touch experience. It is particularly powerful when combined with multi-touch technology, surpassing all the possibilities except today's most advanced tablet computers and smartphones. For example, in a line query or web browsing application, touch to open the preview window - and then open the window completely with a gentle press. In the kiosk, touch to bring out the menu, and then press the button to select. This is a great opportunity to make kiosks and ATMs easier to use for those with partial vision. The initial touch may trigger an audio confirmation of the selection, and then increase the intensity to make the selection. Developers can also create drawing and write applications; they can respond to exertion without the stylus. This provides great potential for innovative music applications, as well as games and other smart user interfaces.
    Extending the power-sensing side technology of handheld devices to large contact screens for commercial applications is much more than simply extending the same technology. The Zytronic method is based on the surface area measurement of the touch area, which changes the capacitive signal level measured at the relative touch location on the sensor. This eliminates the need to use a piezoelectric layer or other layer on the glass to measure the applied force or pressure, and means that the technique can be used even on thick, rigid, and tamper resistant glass surfaces. This capability is fully implemented in the touch controller firmware, so existing customers can use the Zytronic proprietary application programming interface (API) to refresh the firmware and use their application software to incorporate force sensing capabilities.
    Object recognition
Similarly, object recognition can provide a powerful new way for users to access the touch screen and touch the interactive content on the table. Users can create their own interactive objects and work with Zytronic multi-touch sensors to create a more engaging, immersive experience. For example, a customer in a showroom can process a model of a different car and place it on a table to get more information about the car, such as specifications, configuration, and price. Museums can also use the touch screen and software to create a participatory experience that enables video and other content to be launched when the interested artifact model is placed on the table.
    Capacitive touch screen can not detect non-conductive objects, in the past there are other touch technology, mainly on the table below or above the camera to detect and identify objects. Zytronic and its software partner, Tangible Display, have teamed up to create a new solution that attaches physical conductive markers to objects to be tracked, eliminating the need for physical modifications to touch sensors or multi-touch controllers, The new Zytronic firmware is installed on the multi-touch controller and Tangible's application software is installed. This feature is available on touch-sensitive screens up to 85 ".
    A key advantage of Zytronic's combination with the Tangible Display solution is that although the sensor will continue to respond to multi-touch, the objects placed on the screen are ignored because they are not assigned the necessary "tags". So the table placed cups, pens, bags or contact with the glass sleeves are ignored. As part of the boot setup process, the software will recognize only the markings attached to the object with a specific pattern and then respond accordingly. In addition, you can store complete user interaction reports for future review and analysis.
    Opportunities for innovation
    These two features provide application developers with an excellent opportunity to innovate, create touch interfaces, and provide features that users have rarely seen outside of sci-fi movies. While users may be familiar with their force sensing capabilities on their smartphones, object recognition may be entirely new to them. In both cases, commercial touchscreens are closely followed by innovations in the consumer electronics world. The Zytronic force-sensing technology for industrial and self-service devices is different and offers a wider range of applications than smartphones, where object recognition is not available on a small screen at all. Since both force sensing and object recognition are implemented in the touch controller firmware, they can even be added to an existing Zytronic contact screen, provided the customer writes or uses the appropriate application software.