New technology prove resistive screens have a future

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Stantum Technologie is introducing a new version of its SMK series of multi-touch demo, evaluation and development kits, which enable vendors and OEMs to evaluate the performance of Stantum’s technology and develop their own multi-touch applications.

Stantum, headquartered in Bordeaux, France, has been the pioneering company in multi-touch display technology since 2002, and in 2005 was the first company to market commercial products using a truly reliable multi-touch user interface. Today, Stantum’s breakthrough technology portfolio is available under license for products covering every aspect of multi-touch interaction: touch panels, multi-touch controllers, intellectual property cores, and multi-touch software framework.

The new version, which features a 4.3-inch touch panel, was formally announced next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where Stantum demonstrated it on a Texas Instruments OMAP35xx platform to illustrate on an industry-standard mobile platform the major advantages of its multi-touch technology.

The demo is based on a beta version of Touch Park(TM), Stantum’s new multi-touch framework. It simulates a mobile device user interface demonstrating Stantum’s multi-touch performance in various types of applications, such as address book, drawing, picture resize, and gaming.

At MWC, Stantum is also exhibiting its 2.5- and 3.5-inch SMK kits, whose state-of-the-art touch panels boast the highest performance in transparency (83% transmission) and unprecedented low activation force (10g) meaning the lightest touch will activate the sensors.

Like the SMK-2.5 and 3.5, the new SMK-4.3 features:

  • Stantum’s patented PMatrix(TM), a resistive multi-touch detection platform – now with finger-pressure detection – that lets users simultaneously move an unlimited number of fingers, fingernails or utensils (such as styli) on a screen; and
  • Hardware kit made of a resistive-based touch-screen sensor, a multi-touch controller board with a USB connection to the application host processor; and
  • Drivers for the Windows operating systems.

SMK series demo, evaluation and development kits provide the best of both worlds – the optical performance and soft touch of a capacitive touch screen and the versatility and low cost of resistive touch screens.

The videos below were recorded by Engadget at Mobile World Congress demonstrating the technology in action.

 

More information is available on Stantum’s web site at www.stantum.com.

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