Pour yourself a touch panel
US company Cambrios claims to be able to turn any surface into a touch panel using an innovative liquid containing millions of silver nanowires. This silver nanowire coating allows the product – called ClearOhm – to turn any surface into a transparent conductive film that can operate as a touch panel. The company has said its product will be ideal for applications such as flexible displays, e-paper, LCD screens, OLED lighting and organic photovoltaics.
ClearOhm allows manufacturers to push the boundaries of what can be blessed with touch technology including transparent and flexible surfaces where users can control and provide input to computers and devices.
Technically speaking, ClearOhm is a directly patternable, wet-processable transparent conductive film made from silver nanowires. Cambrios claims that because the nanostructured liquid can be deposited using existing production equipment production of touch surfaces can be achieved at a lower manufacturing cost than the industry standard sputtered indium tin oxide (ITO).
Yesterday it was announced that touch panel production company CN Innovations (CNI) was beginning mass production of 55” touch sensors for PC monitors and All-In-One computers using ClearOhm.