Zytronic intros touch sensors to remove visible videowall borders

Zytronic introduced ZyBrid edge touch sensors to deliver touch capability to multi-screen videowalls without introducing large bezels.

The glass sensors feature an ultra-narrow border (anywhere from 3mm to zero), creating a sleek appearance by using the maximum display area. The sensors can be linked when used with the associated ZyBrid edge controller to enable seamless touch transition between screens, with potentially no gap between adjacent active areas.

Each narrow-border ZyBrid edge sensor is supported by a dedicated ZYX500 based multitouch controller linked via a set of RJ45 data cables. The connected associate controllers then finally connect to a single, leading primary controller. The controllers are fitted with a manual toggle switch that changes the onboard firmware settings, allowing AV installers to choose whether to make it an associate or a primary controller.

Zytronic has also designed proprietary new firmware for the ZXY500 controllers. The firmware allows the data from the individual associate controllers to be ‘stitched’ together by the primary controller, which then presents a single set of x-y coordinates to the host computer as a USB HID ‘plug and play’ touchscreen device.

The individual touch sensors can be attached to the underlying ultra-narrow bezel displays using suitably designed frames or optical bonding. When tiled alongside, each screen’s touch controller is linked to create a huge, near-borderless interactive wall.

A further benefit of this individual yet linked and tiled approach is that only the individual monitors within reach of users’ fingertips need to be fitted with the ZyBrid edge touch sensors. Just a protective glass can be fitted for those higher up.

As with all Zytronic touch sensors, the sizes and designs can be customised. In terms of size, the main requirements are expected to be 37, 46, 49, 55 and 65-in, matching the most commonly available narrow border video wall monitors from suppliers like Christie, LG, NEC, Philips and Samsung. The glass touch sensors can be made from 3, 4 and 6mm thermally tempered glass, with either a plain or anti-glare finish, depending upon customer needs and impact requirements.

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