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Optical (Camera)

Sensor Materials

Glass substrate, line scanning optical sensors, lighting strips


Principle of Operation

  • Miniature cameras are positioned in the top two corners of the substrate.
  • Illuminated border or reflective borders on the opposing three sides project a uniform field of infrared light slightly above the glass surface.
  • Touch occurs when a finger or object block the light from the cameras.
  • The controller processes the optical information and
    calculates the X, Y coordinates.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Functions with scratches and surface wear Moving liquids or solid contaminants may cause false touches or non-function until completely removed
Touch activated by bare finger, gloved finger, or stylus Requires a bezel design to house the edge positioned camera system
Scalable System thickness is typically 3.5 mm in addition to the thickness of the glass
Transmission is typically > 90 % Touch occurs slightly above the actual surface
  Limited to 2 resolvable points with 2 cameras; 3 or more resolvable points with 4 cameras

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