Touch screen displays are one of the most popular elements of consumer electronics products. They are used by consumers, students, and workers in many different contexts. If you would like to include a touch screen in your application, you have a lot of options to choose from.
The touch screen display market is full of many different brands, new screen technologies, various sizes, and extras that you can choose from. In our daily work, we help our clients to choose the best touch screen technologies that meet the unique requirements of their applications. Based on our experience, we found several considerations that should be taken into account when choosing the touch screen for the project. We decided to share them with you here and help you in making the best decision.
1. Screen size
Touch screen displays usually come in screen diameters such as 55, 65, 75, or 85 inches. Your choice depends on the particular use case of your touch screen display i.e., the purpose of the touch screen in your application. The size will also depend on the application itself and the size of your electronic equipment.
Naturally, the screen size will become a decisive factor in the ultimate cost of your project. So make sure to strike a balance by choosing an optimal size from the perspective of the user but at the same time, one that is optimal from the perspective of the manufacturer.
2. The touch screen technology
Touch screen displays have evolved rapidly during the last few years, delivering an excellent experience to users. Here are the three most popular touch screen technologies and their key characteristics you should know to choose the best option for your business.
a. Infrared displays
This is an excellent entry-level solution because it’s an established technology that comes at a fair price. Infrared touch screens consist of an embedded overlay of infrared beams located all around the screen from a strip located in the device’s bezel. When an object interacts with the screen (for example, a finger or stylus), the device will register it at the touchpoint. However, note that infrared touch screens don’t offer excellent precision.
b. Capacitive touch screens
These touch screens are widely used in smartphones and tablets today. In general, they deliver the best experience by supporting multitouch. Moreover, they can be bezel-free, so they offer a sleek design. How do they work? Capacitive touch screens take advantage of the electricity of the human body to recognize interactions easily. However, they’re also the priciest touch screen technology.
If you’d like to learn more, be sure to read this article about the projected capacitive (PCAP) touch screens.
c. Resistive touch screens
This type of touch screen is made of the glass panel and a film screen that are separated by a tiny gap. When a user touches the screen, the two metallic layers meet and then create an electrical flow. This is how the device can recognize the touchpoint. Resistive touch screens find a lot of use in kiosks, medical devices, and manufacturing. This is mainly thanks to their durability. In most industries, users need to wear gloves when touching the screen, so the resistive testing is a perfect match.
Contrary to the capacitive touch screen, it doesn’t require contact with exposed human skin or a special stylus with capacitive capabilities. Moreover, resistive touch screens are easier to use in challenging environments or industrial contexts. They are also far more cost-effective. They come in several types, and their main advantages are visibility, lower price, and good resistance.
We hope that this article helps you to pick the best touch screen technology for your project. If you’d like to learn more about the touch screen technologies, keep an eye on our blog, where we share other articles and resources to help our clients navigate the touch screen market.
And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our experts have years of experience in providing companies from different sectors with the right touch screen solutions that perfectly match their unique requirements.
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