Albatron has announced its new Optical Touch Monitor (OTM), on course with a new era of Multi Touch Panel monitors. The difference between an Optical Touch Panel and a traditional touch panel lie in the sensing material, that make up the screen itself. In Albatron’s OTM, movement is all tracked with infrared light, optical sensors and reflection bars surrounding the screen on the edges of the frame. The OTM is expected to reach the market in March of 2009.
Albatron Technology has announced its new Optical Touch Monitor (OTM), on course with a new era of Multi Touch Panel monitors. At NVISION ’08, multi-touch panels were lauded by Jen-Hsun Huang in his keynote speech as being one of the most exciting emerging technologies. Multi-Touch was demonstrated last year by Bill Gates using beta versions of Windows 7. And who could forget Tom Cruise dragging, wiping, and tapping away in Spielberg’s Sci-Fi classic, Minority Report. Introduced as a development version at the most recent Computex, the Albatron OTM has since been fine-tuned with improved technology to bolster performance and prepare it for the consumer market.
How is an Optical Touch Monitor different from traditional touch monitors?
The difference between an Optical Touch Panel and a traditional touch panel lie in the sensing material, that make up the screen itself. In a traditional touch panel monitor (capacitive, resistance types), “sensing” technology is embedded into every square inch of the screen. In Albatron’s OTM, there is absolutely NO “sensing” technology in the screen per-se; movement is all tracked with infrared light, optical sensors and reflection bars surrounding the screen on the edges of the frame.
Optical Monitor Advantages versus Traditional Touch Monitors
This new optical technology offers many advantages to traditional capacitive and resistive touch monitors.
Touch Panel Applications- As far as your imagination can reach.
Aside from obvious educational opportunities for children and enhanced multimedia experience, the Touch Panel possibilities are endless. Already, we’ve seen awesome multi-touch adaptations by Google-Earth, YouTube and other web applications. 3D Medical imaging display, digital musical instruments, art (sculpture and painting), gaming, hand writing applications, advertising all have great potential for large screen touch panels.
The first shipments of the OTM monitor will have a 21.5” screen with FULL HD capabilities. Performance reaches 120 points/second refresh rates, which is higher than most touch monitors which rarely exceed 100 points/second. The connectors include a DVI port, DSub port which receive traditional video and graphics from a PC. An Audio Line-Out port can attach to external speakers. A USB 2.0 connector is used to relay “touch” navigation information to the PC. The OTM supports both Windows XP and Vista.
Touch Panel Technology – All aboard!
It’s cost effective, more durable, larger and has multi-touch capabilities. So what is not to like about Albatron’s new OTM monitors? And with Windows 7 on the horizon, supporting multi-touch, Albatron expects a wave of new applications and touch panel ideas flooding the market. The OTM is expected to reach the market in March of 2009.