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Touch Screens Take Off, Abon Scales

January 02, 2016

The days of touch screens as futuristic concept are long gone. Today touch screens are popping up everywhere – from the smartphone to the deskphone, and from the automobile to public digital signs to conference room controller interfaces.

Indeed, both Technavio and Touch Display Research Inc. point to the growth of the touch screen arena.

“The automotive industry’s adoption of new technologies has accelerated in the past couples of years,” Jennifer Colegrove of Touch Display Research wrote on September. “More and more touch screens and displays are integrated in the automobiles for better infotainment, intuitive control, and safety. ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant Systems) and touchless human-machine-interaction have saved lives. We forecast that automotive touch, display, ADAS and touchless HMI market will have rapid growth in the next several years.”

Meanwhile Technavio said the global touch sensors market is predicted to see a compound annual growth rate of more than 9 percent between this year and 2020.

“Galaxy Tab series and iPad series highlight multi-touchscreens as their unique selling proposition to tablet customers, and this trend is likely to continue through the forecast period,” Technavio says. “The market forecast also predicts an increase in the application of projected capacitive technology to make electronic devices thinner and more lightweight while reducing the overall manufacture cost. Projected-capacitive-based in-cell and on-cell technologies will enhance device capabilities to a great extent by providing highly sensitivity displays.”

In addition to Apple and Samsung, companies offering touch screen-based solutions include Dell, Foxconn, HP, INFOCUS, Microsoft, Panasonic Corp., Ricoh Co. Ltd., Sharp Corp., and Toshiba Corp.

Eleven-year-old Abon Touchsystems is also a player in this arena, although it is a lesser known name. But it’s upping its game this year by beginning mass production of its 65-inch projected capacitive touch screens. And it has cut a deal with Palwonn to distribute this solution. Called AbonMax, the solution can be used in conferencing systems, computer systems, and interactive whiteboards.

“Abon Touchsystems has detected rising demand for touch screens used in interactive whiteboards and video conference systems. However, previous large-size whiteboard systems that adopt low-cost IR touch control technology have certain limitations. So, Abon Touchsystems initiated the development of ITO based GFF 70" large size projected capacitive touch screens three years ago, tand this has led to the launch of the first GFF 65" ITO projected capacitive touch screen this year available in mass production quantities. Sizes of 75" and 85" whiteboard systems will follow now to meet market demand," commented by T.K. Chang, vice president of Abon Touchsystems.

Edited by Maurice Nagle