METHUEN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 1997--
              
             Computer Industry Veteran to Lead Worldwide 
                   Product and Communication Efforts
  
      MicroTouch Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSI) announced today that
  Janet Muto has joined the company as vice president, marketing.
  Muto brings more than 19 years of high tech sales and marketing
  experience to MicroTouch and is responsible for all worldwide
  marketing functions.  Muto's extensive experience will broaden and
  strengthen MicroTouch's corporate marketing capabilities by
  emphasizing product strategy and positioning, vertical market
  solutions, strategic relationships, and worldwide communications.  
  
      "We are extremely pleased to have Janet directing and adding
  strategic insight to our marketing efforts," said Wes Davis,
  president and CEO.  "Her extensive high tech experience and past
  success leveraging worldwide marketing efforts will help drive
  future growth."  
  
      "I am excited about joining MicroTouch and contributing to its
  continued success," said Muto.  "By expanding a marketing program
  that leverages the advantages of MicroTouch's proprietary
  technologies, leadership position, and worldclass products, we plan
  to generate greater demand in our key markets while expanding into
  new ones."  
  
      Muto joins MicroTouch from Hewlett Packard's Chelmsford, Mass.
  office where she held several managerial positions over an 8-year
  period.  Muto most recently served as worldwide marketing director
  of their $2 billion workstation division.  Other roles at Hewlett
  Packard include worldwide sales and support manager, workstations
  systems division; commercial market development manager, entry
  systems division; workstation systems group; and district sales
  manager.  
  
      Prior to Hewlett Packard, Muto held sales and marketing
  positions at Apollo Computer and Prime Computer.  Muto earned an
  MBA from Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Trinity
  College.  She resides in Wayland, Mass.  
  
      MicroTouch Systems, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of
  computer touch-input devices and related software.  Its touchscreen
  products incorporate the world's two most popular touch
  technologies, analog capacitive and resistive membrane, as well as
  a host of innovative touch solutions.  The Factura Kiosks division
  of MicroTouch is the largest kiosk manufacturer in the US.
  Established in 1996, MicroTouch's Business Products Division
  develops innovative non-touchscreen products that are sold through
  the computer retail channel.  The division's first product,
  Ibid(tm), is a mass-market, digital whiteboard that connects to
  your PC and saves everything you write.  
  
      Founded in 1982, MicroTouch reported sales of $95.0 million in
  1996, and was recently named among America's Top 100 Fastest
  Growing Companies by Fortune.  With its headquarters and primary
  manufacturing plant in Methuen, Mass., MicroTouch also maintains
  manufacturing facilities in New York, Tewksbury, Mass., the United
  Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia along with sales offices and
  distributors in numerous other countries.  
  
        MicroTouch Web site: http://www.microtouch.com 
        
      Photo available, please contact Annette Burak at 508-659-9000,
  e-mail: aburak@microtouch.com 
  
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        CONTACT: MicroTouch Systems, Inc.
                 Annette Burak
                 508/659-9000
                 aburak@microtouch.com
                 or
                 Rourke & Company
                 Claire Berney
                 617/267-0042
                 cberney@rourke.com