3 Unexpected Applications Improved By Touchscreens
There are dozens of uses for touchscreens and their presence in everyday life is only growing. The first place you look for them is on your smartphone, but they’re also appearing in appliances, cars, computers, at the checkout in retail stores, and just about anywhere you might imagine. They’re creating better entertainment devices, industrial devices suited for complex tasks, and PoS tools to improve the hospitality industry.
- Gaming Capacitive Touchscreens
Touchscreens have been used in games for years, and long before the rise of smartphone app games. However, with the introduction of touchscreen laptops, many serious gamers claimed to dislike touchscreens because they were clumsy or too slow. However, a new study on gaming and touchscreen technology has found that touchscreens are in fact no longer any slower than physical controls. With haptic feedback also improving the feel of touchscreens, capacitive touchscreens are quickly realizing new potential in gaming.
A study on the theory of touchscreens in games found that increased player errors come from the difficulty of keeping fingers at a constant distance from the screen (which can be helped with better device design), it’s harder for the mind to judge when the input was made (helped by haptic feedback), and games themselves need to be designed to quickly process input from a touchscreen. Entertainment and gaming devices can benefit from new PCAP touchscreen sensor technology that’s improving the user experience.
- Industrial Control Panels
Industrial control panels are increasingly essential for manufacturers, warehouses, and more. A better-trained, higher-skilled workforce expects to interact with automated industrial systems through touchscreen interfaces. As Industry 4.0 evolves in factories across North America, control panels will need to be easy to use despite more complex features and design demands. That means higher quality touchscreens that can handle the tough environment of the factory floor, including dust, chemical solvents, heat, and potential abrasion. At A D Metro, that’s when we used resistant touchscreens or even our ULTRA resistive touchscreens. ULTRA resistive touchscreens are ideal for industrial uses; they can function despite contamination like dirt and dust, they’re impervious to water and chemical solvents, they have EMI immunity, and more. They’re ideal for tough conditions, and you can use our touchscreens for control panels on the factory floor.
- Restaurant Tables
As restaurants invest in new technology to improve service and reduce labor costs, putting digital menus in touchscreens at the table is a new innovation that frees up servers and speeds up ordering times. The catch is that they need to be waterproof, solvent-proof, and function despite contamination (namely food – also a problem faced by QSR). With the right touchscreen from A D Metro, it should be no problem to find one that works. Whether it’s for a self-serve kiosk or for sit-down restaurants, touchscreen menus need to keep the restaurant environment in mind.
While our ULTRA resistive A D Metro touchscreens are highly durable and built for the harshest environments, our capacitive touchscreens and resistive touchscreens are both quality and economical options. Talk to us about the touchscreen solution you need for the applications you’re building and we can find the technology that fits the device and your budget.