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Touch Screen Kiosk Technology

Touchscreen Technologies

We offer many different touchscreen kiosk technological options such as infrared, multi-touch, and touch-capacitive. Each option provides advantages and disadvantages that set them apart.

Infrared

The famous infrared touchscreen uses lights beams sent from the perimeter of the screen using a simple grid, the point you touch creates a block in the light and it knows where you are. This works well but it does not allow for multiple touch technology.

Multi-Touch

Then we have multi-touch screens. These are the most commonly used. They offer what the infrared could not in that it allows for many points of contact. It does not work on a light beam grid, so it does not get interrupted when touched.

kiosk technology multi touch

Interestingly enough the technology actually began being worked on in the late 1960’s. It has morphed and transformed much since then, making it as efficient as it is today, and as compatible with even modern devices, like a touch kiosk.

This technology primarily works with an electrical grid on a trackpad, when pressed the point of pressure creates a block in the grid and it calculates where the touch is.

This is good and allows for multiple points of contact, but requires pressure and wetness will disrupt the connection. The screen is also sensitive and therefore can get damaged easily.

Touch Capacitive

The latest in screen technological advances have produced touch-capacitive. This screen works based on electrical conductors, so when it comes near any conductive material – like a human finger – it reacts.

kiosk touch screen technology touch capacitive

What this allows for is multiple touch points with much more sensitive responsiveness. Being that it is about conductivity, it doesn’t need to be in direct contact and therefore it can use a glass cover over the screen.

Glass is very easy to clean, pretty much everyone does it, often. It also creates a protective layer to avoid breaking the screen. Water would not disrupt the connection on a touch capacitive screen because water doesn’t disrupt glass.

All these various different options with their subtle-but-not-small differences are available for purchase or rent from us. We want to cover the entire current technological spectrum. By providing each one and presenting them with all of their ups and downs, you can make an informed decision about what want for your event.