Zytronic has introduced the new ZyBrid edge touch sensor technology, developed to offer stunning multi-screen interactive video walls and tables. Developed to mirror the narrowest bezel video wall monitors, the glass sensors offer an ultra-narrow border (anywhere from 3mm to zero), producing a sleek appearance by utilising the maximum display area. The sensors can be innovatively linked when employed with the associated all-new ZyBrid edge controller to allow seamless touch transition between screens, with potentially no gap whatsoever between adjacent active areas.
“The new Zytronic projected capacitive solution eradicates both these issues, enabling ultra-fast, accurate touchscreen responses and providing borders that match the latest near borderless LCDs,” says Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director, Zytronic. 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 quickly choose whether to make it an associate or a primary controller. Only needing one type of controller reduces system complexity and component inventory.
In an innovative development, it has also created proprietary new firmware for the special ZXY500 controllers. The firmware enables the data from the individual associate controllers to be ‘stitched’ together by the primary controller, which then provides a single set of x-y coordinates to the host computer as a USB HID ‘plug and play’ touchscreen device. “Instead of individual touchscreens, the computer only ‘sees’ one giant touch sensor,” explains Crosby.
A further benefit of this individual yet linked and tiled approach is that only the individual monitors within reach of users’ fingertips must be fitted with the ZyBrid edge touch sensors. Only a protective glass need be fitted for those higher up, notably saving cost and dramatically easing maintenance.
As with all of its touch sensors, the sizes and designs may be totally customised. In terms of size, the main demands are expected to be 37, 46, 49, 55 and 65”, matching the most commonly offered narrow border video wall monitors from Christie, LG, NEC, Philips and Samsung suppliers. The glass touch sensors can be made from 3, 4 and 6mm thermally tempered glass, with a plain or anti-glare finish, depending upon customer requirements and impact needs.
“With this latest Zytronic development, accurate and incredibly responsive projected capacitive touchscreen video walls of almost any size can be created by AV system installers,” concludes Crosby. “With virtually unlimited scalability, the Zytronic video wall solution enables endless possibilities for them to create the ultimate interactive experience, from mission control rooms, corporate HQs and museums, to flagship department stores.”