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Gaming machines use 3M capacitive touch technology

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Jul 28, 2010

3M has announced that its next-generation surface capacitive touch technology has been incorporated in gaming machines built by Gold Club in Slovenia.

Gold Club selected the 3M Microtouch MCT system for many of its gaming machines, including the 22in multi-user electronic roulette tables, to provide a more responsive and immersive user experience.

The manufacturer has adopted this 3M touch solution for its own machines and has also selected it for machines that are manufactured externally throughout its casino operations.

Gold Club's experience highlights the key advantages of next-generation touch screen technology for the casino gaming industry, according to Francesco Fasoglio, business manager, 3M Touch Systems Division.

'Game designers are looking for new ways to enhance players' gaming experiences and keep them engaged for longer,' he said.

'Tactile feedback response, as embodied in our MCT System, enlivens the usual slot functions and heightens bonus round play experience.

'As well as replacing mechanical buttons on standalone machines, it's also ideal for multi-user games,' he added.

The 3M Microtouch MCT system consists of an enhanced 3M Microtouch sensor SCT3256, a hybrid 3M Microtouch Controller MX touch and haptic feedback electronics, plus two or more touch-screen actuators, according to screen dimensions.

This system provides haptic feedback effects for on-screen video buttons so users actually 'feel' like they are depressing mechanical buttons.

Haptic feedback effects are created when the user simultaneously sees a video button depress, hears an audio file of the mechanical 'click' and feels a vibration in the touch screen's glass surface.

The user instinctively interprets the combination of these three sensations as pressing a mechanical button, when in reality they are touching a solid glass surface.

Gold Club's electronic roulette tables incorporate up to 10 touch screens all attached to a single main computer.

The MCT System, with its 5.4ms minimum contact time and greater than 99 per cent positional accuracy, ensures fast response to finger input on multi-player games such as roulette.

Touch-screen materials ensure 91.5 per cent light transmission (+/-1.5 per cent) for a crisp and vibrant display, and the robust 3M Microtouch Cleartek surface coating provides optimal anti-glare properties.

The scratch-resistant top coat provides a smooth, easy-glide touch surface.

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