Toronto, Ontario, May 14, 2012 – Attendees at Discovery 12, will have a chance to touch and be touched by ShadowSense™, a new Canadian-born technology. Nytric™ and its sister company Baanto™, makers of the world’s largest and most intuitive multi-touch screen technology, will showcase this revolutionary touchscreen experience at the Discovery 12 Conference and Showcase being held in Toronto this week.
Dr. Tom Corr, President and Chief Executive Office of Ontario Centres of Excellence said, “Shadowsense technology is an excellent example of how an Ontario-born innovation has the potential to lead advancements in multi touch technology and ultimately change how consumers around the world see and use that technology.”
“The ShadowSense technology boasts a staggering 18 simultaneous touch inputs and, unlike traditional touch technology that requires bare finger touch or a stylus, this technology intuitively recognizes almost any touch mechanism,” says Av Utukuri, CTO and Founder of Nytric and Baanto. “It is a better and more cost-effective technology than any mid- to large-size multi-touch device currently on the market.”
Nytric/Baanto have applied ShadowSense to what is believed to be the world’s largest multi-touch screen at a staggering 193” X 72”. Prominently located at the entrance to Discovery 12, the show’s “touch wall” will measure 128” X 48”. In partnership with Christie®, the wall is comprised of 32 Christie® MicroTiles®. These MicroTiles are scalable, can be stacked or clustered to create custom shapes all while maintaining full-motion, vibrant visuals in a bright atmosphere that exceeds current LED capabilities. Nytric/Baanto also developed a dynamic, interactive software presentation that was custom built for Discovery to showcase the many unique features of ShadowSense.
This is the first time that touch point size detection (Tsense™) is available in a mid- to large-size touchscreen environment. Other firsts include the ability to recognize accidental touches, static object detection and durability, and easy, cost effective scalability – significant improvements over existing touchscreen technology.
“ShadowSense solves many of the technical shortcomings of existing touch technologies,” adds Utukuri. “By rethinking the traditional hardware and algorithms commonly used in optical touch solutions, we have created what we believe to be the most robust optical touch-sensing technology available today. Our patented technology and position sensing algorithms have allowed us to create low-cost, high-performance sensor architectures and avoid the ghosting, obscuration and ‘dead zones’ that plague imager or camera-based solutions currently on the market. It scales well, doesn’t require constant recalibration and is incredibly easy to integrate.”
ShadowSense’s touch performance is exceptional, boasting a touch response time of less than seven milliseconds and a touch detection of objects as small as five millimeters in diameter. Its algorithms are extremely efficient and all touchpoint processing is performed by the integrated touch controller. As a result, the host interface (Windows® 7 USB HID packet) requires no drivers, nor does it consume CPU resources on the host PC or media controller. As a perimeter-based technology, the ShadowSense touch sensor is independent of the protective glass, resulting in brighter displays, immunity to casual scratches and debris on the screen, and vandal resistant operation, while IP65 sealing resists dust and moisture intrusion.
Baanto’s new touchscreen technology can now be used as a replacement in many chassis and systems that incorporate existing ELO single-touch technology. By offering robust multi-touch functionality and a larger touchscreen at or below the cost of existing touch technology, ShadowSense will not only appeal to next generation developers but will ultimately benefit the consumers who will use the new applications spawned by this technology.
Baanto’s new technology is expected to expand multi-touch capabilities for the kiosk, gaming, ATM, PC, PC monitor and additional markets because it provides a robust and cost-effective touchscreen solution to support the development of innovative new applications.
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Baanto International Ltd. is a leading developer of innovative, high performance, and accurate 2D and 3D position sensing solutions. Spun out of Nytric in 2009, Baanto is developing products incorporating both active and passive implementations of its technologies for touchscreens, interactive white boards, and 3D biodynamic tracking for medical rehabilitation and sports training applications. Baanto has a direct and partner presence in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, enabling it to provide its customers with proven technical and sales support worldwide. For more information, please visit www.baanto.com
Baanto™, ShadowSense™, and Tsense™ are trademarks of Baanto International Limited.
About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, Ontario Centres of Excellence invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable commercial success and global competitiveness. Ontario Centres of Excellence is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is Ontario’s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information, visit www.oneinnovation.ca.
Christie is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.
Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Christie MicroTiles™ is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
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To view a video demonstration of Baanto’s ShadowSense Technology, visit www.Baanto.com.