Google has just launched a new touchscreen-powered device designed specifically for its Hangouts Meet. As you may recall, the Mountain View company relaunched its Hangouts platform earlier year as an enterprise service for teams and organizations. The general idea is to create a simplified platform on which team members can collaborate while working to achieve
A human machine interface (HMI) is a type of user interface that controls a manufacturing machine or equipment.  They typically consist of hardware and software components, each of which are equally important in its function. While all HMIs feature this similar design, there are two different types of HMIs: human-to-machine and human-to-human. So, what’s the
Also known as silicone rubber keypads, elastomeric keypads have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are used in both consumer and commercial applications, with many people preferring them over traditional keypads. So, what are elastomeric keypads and what benefits do they offer? An elastomeric keypad is a special type of keypad that uses compression
Sony is preparing to release a projection device that will turn any flat surface into a touchscreen interface. Up until recently, most touchscreen interfaces have relied on either resistive or capacitive touch-sensing technology. Resistive devices identify touch using pressure, as two layers press together upon contact. Capacitive devices, on the other hand, identify touch by
Whether it’s for personal or commercial use, a touchscreen device is an invaluable tool that can make your life easier. But with so many different types of touchscreen devices on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Well, we’re going to reveal six important things to consider when choosing one. #1) Touchscreen
Keyboards play an instrumental role in the function of modern-day computers and other electronic devices. In the most basic sense, they allow human operators to control electronic devices through typing. There are several different types of keyboards, however, with the two most common being mechanical and membrane. Today, we’re going to take a closer look
Human machine interfaces (HMI) are finding their way into countless sectors, including rail transit and other forms of public transportation. As you may already know, an HMI is essentially an interface through which a human operator controls a machine. Not to be confused with a user interface,  which isn’t restricted to a single machine or

How LCD Displays Work

Liquid-crystal display (LCD) is a popular type of technology used in electronic displays. As the name suggests, it’s characterized by the use of liquid-filled crystals to produce images. Because liquid crystals have light-modulating properties, LCDs are particularly effective for this purpose. The liquid crystals don’t necessarily produce the light used to create the images. Rather,
Whether you’re buying a touchscreen device for personal or commercial use (or both), you might be wondering which type offers the best picture quality. There are several different configurations used to create touchscreen devices, some of which include resistive, capacitive, surface acoustic wave (SAW), optical and infrared (IR). While they all support the use of
Membrane switches have become a popular alternative to traditional mechanical switches. Unlike their mechanical counterpart, membrane switches are printed on PET or ITO, typically featuring a conductive ink like copper, silver or graphite. There are several benefits associated with membrane switches, some of which include a low profile, compact design, integration with other control systems,