News Release from: SAS Commac
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 21 May 2004

Vandal-proof keyboard is a soft touch

Commac has developed a novel vandal-proof keyboard made of touch-sensitive glass.

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Commac has developed a novel vandal-proof keyboard made of touch-sensitive glass. Commac's touch-sensitive keyboards, which do not require direct physical contact to be operated, comprise a laminated sensitive film on the back of the screen-print of a keyboard, under a 6mm-thick tempered glass window. The company designs, manufactures and markets revolutionary and fully integrated electronic, multimedia and audio-visual control devices.

Its unique, patent-protected technology was successfully showcased at the International Exhibition of Museological Techniques, held in Paris in February 2004.

Commac is now seeking local partners and distributors.

The Commac technology relies on industrial electronics and DVD systems - technologies that are easier to use and more reliable than PC-based platforms.

By lightly touching an item, by standing in a particular area or by pointing towards an image, people trigger a display of multimedia information; this could be commercial information, specific advice, practical information or standards to apply.

The information given may take various forms, such as sound, light, images, fragrances, and so on.

In-built security and enhanced waterproofing are guaranteed, thanks also to the reliability of the electronics systems.

The interactive keyboard developed by Commac has the same functions as a standard computer keyboard.

Its tempered glass surface makes it particularly well suited for ultraclean environments that require trouble-free maintenance.

The dedicated electronic circuitry controls both the keyboard and the communication interface.

Each sensor has its own feedback, which may control the sound, the light or other programmable functions of the device.

The keyboard can be connected without drivers using standard PS2/USB ports.

The exclusive sensors developed by Commac work through any material - windows, floors, partitions, and other objects, whatever the nature of the surface.

A capacitive sensor detects any change in the mutual capacitance of an electrode and the object to be detected.

Sensors can detect contact being made through materials up to 20mm thick.

Applications for Commac's revolutionary technology are potentially huge.

Interactive touch- or movement-sensitive multimedia terminals can be installed in airports or railway stations (to provide information to passengers); in shopping centres and retail outlets (including shop windows); in museums and art galleries (as high-tech mini-exhibition areas in their own right); in universities, schools and libraries (to relay information of all kinds to users); on the floor of trade shows and similar events (to accompany a display on a stand for instance), and so on.

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