All-in-one touch/All-in-one touch/virtual button design concept for configurable interfaces design concept for configurable interfaces

March 25, 2020 //By Julien Happich
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Touch technology specialist Zytronic has extended its capability and can now work closely with customers to design and manufacture projected capacitive user interfaces that combine a “traditional” dynamic touch area with surrounding capacitive keys.

Named ZyBrid VK, and based upon Zytronic’s multi-touch capable, projected capacitive technology, this latest development opens up new opportunities to improve and enhance the design of human interface devices for a wide range of applications that prove challenging to conventional approaches. Zytronic’s ZyBrid VK solution allows a touch display of an appropriately small size to be paired with non-mechanical printed and fixed keys in the same glass surface. This approach has the added benefit of creating a seamless, completely sealable user interface, with no holes or gaps to trap dirt or allow liquid ingress. The patented projected capacitive touch technology will detect multiple simultaneous fingers, conductive styli and even gloved or dirty hands, through glass thicknesses of 10mm or more. In doing so, it ignores raindrops, leaves, dirt, ice and other debris that can ‘fool’ other touch solutions. ZyBrid VK consists of a customised glass ZyBrid touch sensor combined with a Zytronic ZXY500 multi-touch controller that supports up to 100 independent touch points and rapid touch detection. Zytronic has developed special firmware for the controller so that a dynamic touch sensing area can be defined alongside fixed key positions and even a “touch-pad”.

Working closely with customers, the touch interface is designed, glass is cut, printed and thermally toughened in-house, and then Zytronic’s electronics engineers customise the firmware per the client request, defining the key function and output protocol. The ZyBrid VK user interface design possibilities are literally limitless, with the technology being able to combine touchscreens of any aspect ratio, together with full keyboards, keypads, and other frequently used buttons, such as shortcuts to calculators, internet browsers, maps or anything else that is needed. The flat surface with no embedded mechanical switches or crevices can be quickly and effectively cleaned, and the inert glass surface is relatively immune to harsh chemicals.

Zytronic - https://zytronic.co.uk


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