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Articles September-October 2020

Bose Integrator Fine Arts Solution Exploits Arenamatch Flexibility for Outdoor Installations

AV outdoor installations especially in sensitive constructions with peculiar physical restrictions require Speaker systems that are manipulative, customizable, for coverage horizontally and vertically..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms – Part 3 - By Rahul Sarma

In Part 2 of the series, we spoke about the importance of sound isolation and how background noise can adversely impact the dynamic range of the audio playback. In Part 3 of the series..... read more

Articles July-August 2020

Banking On EYTE

EYTE Technologies Pvt. Ltd. spearheaded by Abdul Waheed was instrumental in helping realise a vision for UBS’ new Pune Office that works to automate and streamline Collaboration..... read more

Delta to Gain Momentum with Corporate and Education AV Solutions

The AV Industry business is experiencing positive growth in the iFPD segment for applications which include education and corporate..... read more

EULOGY - Ranjit Singh

Much-admired and acclaimed AV consultant, educator, speaker, trainer and AV-ICN CAVS instructor, Ranjit Singh, passed away on May 15, 2020 in Singapore leaving behind a huge void within the global..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms- Part 2

In part 1 of this series we defined a small room, introduced the concept of sound waves as they relate to phase shift and comb filtering, and even touched on the Haas (precedence) effect. In this article, we will talk..... read more

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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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