Densitron has launched a flexible new evaluation kit to meet the growing demand for tactile controls to be used in combination with touchscreens.
FREMONT, CA: Densitron, a world leader in advanced Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) and display technology, has launched a flexible new evaluation kit to meet the growing demand for tactile controls to be used in combination with touchscreens. TactilaTM includes three tactile rotary knobs that have already been bonded and a high-resolution 8" touchscreen, and efficient processing based on ARM and Linux BSP technologies.
While touchscreens have replaced rotary knobs and other physical controls in several applications, there is still a natural preference for rotary knobs and other physical controls for core tasks, such as adjusting LF, HF, or Gain settings broadcast audio. For system vendors and their customers, designing and optimizing these controls can be a time-consuming method, which is why Densitron developed the Tactila EVK 1.0 evaluation package.
Bazile Peter, Global Product Manager at Densitron, explains, "This kit has been developed with the aim of addressing those applications where a touchscreen is in use but there are specific options for which the user needs to rotate a finger. Although you can recreate that in a touchscreen, it is not an especially instinctive action and, over the course of a day, can be much more tiring than it would be to use a physical object such as a rotary knob. With this EVK we are making it far easier for vendors to develop a tactile control solution but not have to go through all the 'pain points' of development work that would normally be necessary."
Customers in broadcast are expected to respond positively to the EVK, which can build working control surfaces for audio mixing consoles and other audio and video controllers. It can be used in the manufacturing and medical sectors.
Version 1.0 of the initial Tactila EVK includes a high-performance 8" touchscreen and three tactile rotary knobs that are already bonded. The display is equipped with an ARM processor and a Linux BSP optimized for HMI applications. Ethernet connectivity makes it simple to connect with third-party hardware for tactile control assessment and adjustment of operational and engineering criteria.