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|A Touchscreen That Comes Alive|
As technology continues to inundate our everyday lives, self-service kiosks with touchscreens have become the norm. Consumers can expect to find touchscreens in banks, restaurants, casinos, post offices, airports, and libraries.
The principle behind the touchscreen kiosk is to offer customers a level of convenience by alleviating long lines and providing faster service. Yet more often than not, kiosks are frustrating, confusing, and less than helpful. The result is either customers end up waiting in line or raising their hand for assistance.
StacoSwitch, a southern California manufacturing company, is trying to eliminate the frustration and confusion that come with using touchscreens by introducing tactile feedback touchscreen technology from Immersion Corporation. The major weakness in traditional touchscreen technology is the lack of tactile feedback. Users are left wondering, "How can I be sure my input was accepted by the system?" By using tactile feedback, the touchscreen offers the perception of touching physical buttons or switches. When a user makes a selection, they feel an actual response to their input.
Why tactile feedback?
StacoSwitch is on the leading edge of the tactile feedback revolution with expertise in cost-reduction, miniaturizing, integrating, and porting this technology to different environments. The technology can be applied to all types of touchscreens, including capacitive, resistive (4-, 5-, and 8- wire), surface acoustic wave, and infrared.
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