Zytronic’s ZYTOUCH touch sensors have been selected by Abuzz Technologies for use in their award-winning interactive wayfinding kiosk product, the Edge. Using Zytronic’s unique projected capacitive technology (PCT), the Edge provides stylish looks and satisfies the high ergonomic and safety requirements of installations in busy public areas. Projected Capacitive Technology-based ZYTOUCH touch sensors are available from JEA Technologies .
According to Morgan Drew, CEO, Abuzz Technologies, Zytronic’s technology optimised the functionality and aesthetics of the Edge kiosk, without compromising the integrity of the design concept.
He added that the PCT sensing technology works reliably, even through the thick layer of toughened protective glass. The PCT sensing technology was simple to integrate with the technical support provided by Zytronic’s local representative, JEA Technologies.
The Edge kiosk won a 2007 Australian Design Award for its combination of world-class design, ergonomics and safety. The interaction surface is a continuous piece of 8mm toughened glass, which makes the unit splash-proof for robust operation. The 37-inch ZYTOUCH touch screen is in portrait-format and is designed to be height-adjustable, enabling use by adults, children and wheelchair users.
The Edge kiosk is designed for use in airports, shopping centres, corporate and government buildings for wayfinding and displaying company information or directories. Its software-based interactive interface allows product ordering, and can be deployed in any situation that requires high-end styling and a confident design expression.
A typical wayfinding application for the Edge displays a visual “attract loop” to draw users’ attention. On touching the screen, the user is presented with search options for their destination. Once the destination is chosen, an animated route is displayed on screen, through a map oriented relative to the position of the kiosk, to make navigation as intuitive as possible.
Zytronic’s’ PCT enables these innovations by utilising capacitance technology in the form of a complex array of micro-gauge capacitors embedded below the sensing surface itself.
The touch screen can be actuated with gloved and un-gloved fingers and the capacitor array can be embedded to depths of up to 20mm.
The ZYTOUCH screens provide fast response times of less than 20ms and high positional accuracy of better than ±1.5%. The ZYTOUCH screens are not subject to drift and do not require the periodic re-calibrations in the field applications addressed by the Edge kiosk.