If you are interested in installing an interactive touch screen in a public, unsupervised location, it is recommended that an embedded touch screen solution be used. There are several different types of touch screen technologies, including Infrared IR Bezels which are placed over the top of the physical display.
Although IR Bezels are tremendously useful and powerful, not to mention easy to setup and implement, this may not be the right fit for high traffic public places. You should consult with a touch screen specialist if you have questions regarding touch screen technology and what type will be the best for your application or desired result.
An embedded touch screen solution is most likely going to utilize capacitive interactive touch screen technology which senses the location of the user’s touch of a finger or stylus on the surface itself. This type of technology is made possible with a thru-glass touch screen film that is applied to the substrate behind and out of physical contact with the user.
Let’s face the facts that occasionally there is the possibility for prying fingers and hands to want to touch things that are not supposed to be touched. It is recommended that you consider the implications of leaving your components exposed for high traffic, non-monitored public places such as airports, train stations, etc.
You have probably heard this statement in your lifetime, “Use the right tool for the right job.” That is exactly what we are endeavoring to communicate to you. Be sure that you have the right tool for the intended purpose and desired result.
By using this type of product behind the surface of the display, you can limit the exposure of technology and increase usability effectiveness at the same time. Embedded touch screen solutions give you the opportunity to create an interactive display out of traditional flat panel TV’s. You can also create interactive digital displays from any glass or clear plastic surface, changing it into a fully functioning touch screen.
Often this is a perfect solution for large format displays at tradeshows and retail storefront displays. By embedding the touch screen behind the touchable surface a very safe haven for the technology is created. This will also provide a futuristic and very intriguing environment to engage potential clients.
Rear projection film screens are often used with embedded touch screens, providing AV integrators, business owners and end users, architects and designers with the flexibility and scalability demanded in a world that will accept no less. Integrating the technologies is part of pulling it all together and can easily be accomplished with a few brief tutorials.
Go ahead and think “Big”. Both rear projection films and embedded touch screens are available in small to large format standard sizes, up to 126″ Diagonal Widescreens with the capability of being customized to your requirements.
Connection of the embedded touch screen to the brain or computer that recognizes the user’s touch is made possible through the use of a standard USB cable. This is commonly known as a USB touch screen and makes integration a breeze. Setup is as simple as installing the capacitive touch screen film behind the substrate and then you apply your rear projection film to the touch film. If you are using a traditional flat screen TV the process is a little different and you should contact your consultant or dealer for the correct procedure.
Once installation of hardware is complete, you can install the required drivers and plug in the USB cable. Calibration is simple and requires the touching of a few highlighted points on the display. Now you are set. Although you can use the touch screen for anything that you would normally use the computer’s mouse for, most often custom software or programs are incorporated to enhance and make the most of the touch screen capabilities.
If true multi-touch functionality is a feature you require from your touch screen, be sure to mention that to your customer service representative as it may make a difference in the product that is specified. Should you have questions or specific application requirements regarding embedded touch screens, it is recommended that you consult with a professional before purchasing this technology.