In This Issue: Trends In Touch Screens Touch screens are used in a rich variety of new products: cell phones, computer tablets, personal navigation devices, MP3 players, digital cameras, fitness equipment, security systems, point of sale systems, and kiosks. Examples of consumer devices using projected capacitive touch screens include Apple’s iPhone and iPod. Read more Touch Screen Project On a recent project, Voler Systems used a 6.5-inch flat touch screen display integrated with a PC-compatible computer board with a small enclosure less than two inches thick. Voler Systems modified the embedded software to run on the new equipment. The customer makes equipment that controls temperature, flow, resistivity, and other parameters in semiconductor clean rooms or the adjacent equipment area, military installations, and other industrial applications. The compact size and touch screen operation was required for the machine to meet the NEMA4 standard, which means it can have falling water on it. In no case is it convenient to have a mouse or keyboard, so a touch screen is used. If you have limited space and want to eliminate bulky displays, keyboard and mouse control for products, please contact us. Walt’s Perspective on Touch Screens LCD screens have become ubiquitous in all areas and all sizes of screens. Touch screen technology is easy to add to LCD screens, whether small screens for embedded applications or large 19-inch screens for PCs, making it easy and inexpensive to have touch screens wherever they are desired. People find touch screens to be valuable where a mouse and keyboard are impractical, for example in interactive displays in shopping malls, in hospitals, in industrial equipment, and in portable consumer devices. The mouse and keyboard are not going to be replaced by touch screens in office applications. I expect that we will see increasing use of touch screens in medical, aerospace, and industrial devices, where we have been using them in the past. Partner Spotlight: Fusion Design Provides Turnkey Solutions Fusion Design is a full service product development company specializing in industrial and mechanical design located in Silicon Valley. Their projects range from small plastic enclosures to large automated robotic systems. Read more Spring Special on Electronic Design, Software, and Systems Several recent projects have been delayed, so I am looking for a few small consulting projects. If you have been putting off re-working a board, updating some code, or setting up a data acquisition system, we are available and offering a great rate. Now is a good time to get it done. Here are some examples of small projects: Design a small circuit Configure an off-the-shelf development system Write a small program Set up a data acquisition system Set up a motion control system Don’t delay. When this time is filled the special will end. Contact me at 408-245-9844 ext 101 or email@example.com About Our Organization… Voler Systems provides full-service R&D consulting from concept and design to production of electronic devices. Since 1979, clients have turned to us for reliable new products and test systems involving sensors and measurement electronics. Our multidisciplinary team delivers high quality products on time and on budget. We have developed hand-held equipment, web cameras, heart valve testers, RFID devices, and other specialized sensor based electronics and prototype circuits.