Posted on: 16 August 2011 by Mark Howells
Touch International, the specialist touch screen manufacturer, has entered the in-flight entertainment (IFE) market with its Apple iPhone-type MulTI-Touch Projected Capacitive technology.
Offered on many of the newly-released Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft, the devices provide a sleek look, seamless borders and high performance attributes.
The light-weight, low-power touch systems feature multi-touch input with intuitive gesturing, fast and accurate response and ultra-clear optics for video imaging. Many of these units also feature custom printed cover glass, proximity sensors and port hook-ups for passenger electronics, with the aim to provide a higher level of sophistication and comfort in the aircraft.
“In-Flight Entertainment has become a huge focus for the aerospace industry because it gives airlines the opportunity to provide additional value to its passengers, and serves as a new medium to brand and promote their company,” commented Aerospace Program Manager for Touch International, Chris Gasson. “We are able to fulfill both passenger and airline expectations with our MulTI-Touch Projected Capacitive technology, which has really become a favourite among IFE manufacturers because of its capabilities and design flexibility.”Touch International claims that all Federal Aviation and airline regulations have been met by using flame retardant plastics and adhesives, low ohm shielding and EMI suppression gaskets. Other display enhancements are often used to maximise screen brightness, minimise reflection and reduce finger prints.
Established in 2002, Touch International has been manufacturing touch screens for IFE devices, positioning themselves for long-term success in the industry. Since then, the company has built projected capacitive touch screens, which by 2007, began to grow in popularity with the emergence of projected capacitive electronics. Now, Touch International anticipates exceeding year-over-year sales numbers in the IFE sector by more than 30 percent; for 2012, it expects that number to jump to 50 percent.“The airline industry is really starting to emphasise comfort and design, and is examining how the passenger experience can be enhanced,” added Gasson. “We are excited to be part of the process, helping our customers to make history and continuing to change the way people and machines interact.”