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Articles March-June 2020

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms

Acoustic and audio system design for a “small room” can be extremely challenging, especially for critical listening applications like control rooms and reference home cinemas. It is vital to understand the relationship between system..... read more

Technology Enhancement from Smart to Intelligent!

In this article Abdul Waheed, Managing Director of EYTE Technologies Pvt. Ltd. talks about how technology has evolved over a period of the time and has been embraced by one and all..... read more

Harman Reigns Supreme in Indian Cinemas

From the first design to the finished furnishings, the goal of every multiplex or single screen cinema is to create a space that incorporates the impressive experience of science and commercial cinema. This is the reason why, since decades theatres across India have banked on HARMAN’s JBL range of cinema speakers...... read more

Sequence of Steps to Follow on Resuming Studio Operations Post an Extended Duration of Shutdown

Munro Acoustics India has put together a suggestion/ guideline document after consulting many studios and engineers across the world to aid their clients in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and SE Asia..... read more

Bose Professional Assures an IMMERSIVE SOUNDSCAPE At Sardar Patel Stadium – The Largest Cricket Stadium in the World

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Zytronic Pioneers Hybrid Touch

New hybrid touch technology enables mechanical controls to be integrated into touchscreens


Zytronic, one of the leaders in custom-designed, durable Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT and MPCT) touch sensors today launched its Hybrid Touch technology, fully integrating touch and physical controls into the sensor’s active area.

Zytronic’s hybrid touch allows tactile buttons or mechanical dials to be incorporated in and around the active area of the projected capacitive touchscreen which is connected invisibly through the viewable area of the screen. It is the first time that the two most used control technologies in the world have been closely integrated in this way.

Ian Crosby, Sales and Marketing Director of Zytronic, said, “Touch sensors offer enormous flexibility and reliability – but physical controls offer much greater tactile feedback which can be valuable in many situations. We’ve brought these two different forms of control completely together blending tactile response with touch interactivity. For example, industrial instruments are often operated with the user looking away from the screen. In game consoles, players appreciate having a physical ‘bash’ button to hit when placing a bet. Hybrid Touch gives system developers the best of both worlds.”

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 implemented to the electromechanical controller. The system’s response to the mechanical control can be context sensitive – giving a very high degree of flexibility in user interface design.

Sensor electrodes in the screen are deposited around the physical holes required for the dial or the switches. Touches around the holes are processed by the touch controller in the usual way, but custom firmware in the controller is programmed to ignore the area of the holes themselves.

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