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Zytronic touch tech showcases Polish history

Zytronic has been selected to provide bespoke design, large format, multi touch sensors by touchscreen specialists Videofonika at the recently opened Pan Tadeusz museum in Wroclaw, Poland.

The museum has been designed with a variety of multimedia experiences showcasing Polish history and culture. These include several touchscreens that utilise flexible ZYFILM(R) and ZYBRID(R) technology from Zytronic.

The 17th century building occupies 1,500sqm over 18 rooms and the main attraction of the museum is the Pan Tadeusz manuscript written by Adam Mickiewicz from 1832-34, discussing the struggle for freedom and independence amongst political unrest and uncertainty. Immersive technologies provide virtual journeys, cinematic screens and engaging avatars bring the history to life, inspiring educational discussion and debate, and a large 65in touch sensor has been attached to an oval table to provide interactive games.

“Text from the Pan Tadeusz manuscript appears in the museum in many different formats, for example in the form of quotes carefully chosen for individual themes of the display,” said Marcin Hamkało, the deputy director of the Ossolineum Collection at the Pan Tadeusz Museum. “At special points it is possible to hear fragments of the work and we have also prepared computerised segments of the text and enlarged versions of the original. Thanks to touchscreens we are able to see its entirety up close, turning the pages and enlarging them so that you can even see the fibres of the paper itself.”

Videofonika were tasked with finding the touchscreen technology that would showcase the collections in an accessible way. Jakub Boni, sales and marketing director at Videofonika explained: “The museum required interactive screens that would work through thick glass as the large sheets also formed parts of the construction of some of the walls. The glass sheets had already been prepared and designed in the museum, so we needed a flexible solution that could be provided in small quantities of varying sizes to precisely fill the gap in the glass, covering the active LCD area. Zytronic offered us the very high flexibility and exceptional touch performance we needed in this application.”

“Using specially designed ZYFILM(R) flexible touch sensors from Zytronic, we created 44 touchscreens, including two large 65in and 70in multi touch tables, as well as smaller sizes between 20in-46in. We were able to produce high quality touchscreens that conformed to all the different sizes specified by the client and which performed accurately and reliably through thick toughened glass. Some of the glass we applied the touch sensors to were 12mm thick with four additional layers of protection film (VSG glass) to meet the EU impact and safety standards for museums.”

Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director at Zytronic commented: “Popular museum attractions often operate seven days a week all year round, with a high frequency of visitors. Our patented MPCT multi touch technology in glass or film formats enable up to 40 touches to be detected simultaneously, allowing multiple users to interact with a large display at the same time, making them ideal for engaging touch table installations. Furthermore, our highly flexible manufacturing services allow for small quantities of uniquely designed touch sensors in sizes of up to 85in and beyond.”

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