The world slowly adapts to the new post-pandemic consequences and it’s hard not to see what tendencies it lead us to. The main narrative in the business area these days is more isolated and decide-oriented workspace, rather than communication-oriented like it was before.
That’s why creating a comfortable and technologically prudent workspace is vital. Especially, in cases where digital art takes place, a properly installed 22 inch monitor with a touchscreen option can save the day.
Are you going to use it for brainstorming sessions, team meetings, and presentations?
Or do you need to use informative touchscreen monitors rather than in-person interactions to reduce the number of consumer touchpoints?
Or, maybe, it should become a nice workspace upgrade or an outdoor device.
Depending on your answers, different technological approaches can be used.
We will cover the most popular technologies of touchscreen building to help you choose the best option for yourself.
The resistive touchscreen approach is the most widespread these days because of these advantages:
- Wide range of activation options. Any object will do, finger, plastic card, stylus, you name it.
- Low technology cost
- Low power consumption
- Water-resistant (the whole device might not be water-resistant, but the screen itself is)
This approach involves the use of several glass layers with thin metallic covers, separated by a very narrow gap, filled with air or gas.
The two metallic layers of the screen come into contact when a person touches it, causing an electrical current to flow. This voltage shift serves as a pointer to the site of contact.
Surface capacitive approach
The second most popular touchscreen technology on the market is a surface capacitive screen. Its main advantages are:
- Great image clarity
- Water resistance
- Scratch resistance
It was made possible by an electrode layer that is located on top of a glass panel in a surface capacitive touchscreen monitor. The display responds when an uncovered finger contacts the screen thanks to the body’s static electrical capability.
The user receives some safe electrical charge from the screen. The sensors in the screen’s four corners notice this decrease in capacitance, which enables the controller to identify the touch location.
Only a human touch or a stylus with an electrical charge can activate surface capacitive touch displays. This can be a major disadvantage that you need to keep in mind if your device will be located outside.
Projected capacitive approach
Surface capacitive and projected capacitive use the same principle but the projected capacitive has two key advantages.
Unlike the surface capacitive, it can work with thin cotton gloves or surgical gloves in addition to a naked finger or stylus.
Furthermore, the projected capacitive supports simultaneous input from two or more fingers.
Let’s sum up all the advantages of such an approach:
- Perfect image clarity
- Scratch resistant
An integrated circuit chip and a sheet of glass with integrated transparent electrode sheets make up a projected capacitive touch screen. A three-dimensional electrostatic field is produced as a result.
The ratios of the electrical currents vary when a finger touches the screen, allowing the computer to recognize the touch location.
Surface acoustic wave approach
Let’s define the advantages first:
- Great image clarity
- Exellent scratch resistance
- Great durability
- Water-resistant (but the water drops can make false inputs)
- More options for activation
Piezoelectric transducers and receivers are used in Surface Acoustic Wave touchscreen monitors. To produce an undetectable grid of ultrasonic waves on the surface, these are positioned along the sides of the monitor’s glass plate.
A portion of the wave is absorbed when the panel is contacted. The receiving transducer can then use this information to find the touch spot and communicate it to the computer.
Using a gloved hand, a soft-tipped stylus, or a finger, you can operate SAW monitors. SAW monitors provide high visibility and ease of usage.
The main display is not covered by a second screen or a screen sandwich in infrared-type touchscreen displays. And the advantages it gives are:
- Excellent image clarity
- Extremely durable
- Almost invincible to scratches
This touch screen works with the use of the invisible grid of light beams which is created across the screen by infrared monitors using infrared emitters and receivers. This guarantees the highest quality image.
The sensors can identify the touch when an item blocks the invisible infrared light beam. The device then receives the two obtained coordinates and determines the point of touch.
Conference and meeting rooms may require a larger screen, 60-inch and more, or for example, a multimedia projector if you want to save money.
Choosing the touchscreen monitor for home use or individual workspace you should take into account the size of the monitor and the area where you can place it. Consider a 15-22 inch monitor for the perfect match.
Touchscreen technology has advanced significantly since its beginnings because of innovations including infrared, capacitive, and resistive touch panels.
You may find solutions for any preference and price range, whether you’re seeking a basic solution for presentations or exceptional image/video clarity and touch experience.
Operating system compatibility
Most people don’t care what computer or Operating System they use as long as it’s doing its job. But deciding the right choice for company facilities it’s crucial to choose the monitor which supports the software that the company operates with.
Most modern touchscreen displays, like those Beetronics makes, can be connected to Windows, MacBook, and Linux even without additional software. What you really need is the proper port, which can be easily located on both PC and monitor.
The second option is to buy a monitor with a built-in PC. This might sound like a perfect option, but such devices are harder to modify because of their space-saving design.
And you should keep in mind that most of these two-in-one computers operate on Windows, and in some cases, Android, which can create additional trouble for Apple-run offices.
There is nothing too hard in choosing the suitable device for your tasks if you have a thoughtful approach. Simple research and comparison will be just enough to find the perfect solution.