Monday February 8, 8:34 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
MicroTouch Launches Next Generation of World's Most Popular Touchscreens for Self-Service Kiosks, ATMs, Gaming Devices, Seatback Entertainment Systems
ClearTek 3000 Capacitive Touchscreens Virtually Impervious to Scratching
METHUEN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 1999--
MicroTouch Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI - news), the world leader in
computer touch-input solutions, today introduced ClearTek 3000, the
next generation of the company's flagship capacitive touchscreen
ClearTek 3000 is the first in a series of upcoming major
enhancements to the world's most popular touchscreens for
public-access, self-service applications, including kiosks, ATMs,
gaming machines, and seatback entertainment systems.
The chief feature of the new ClearTek 3000 touchscreens is a
proprietary glass surface treatment that provides superior durability
against scratches and abrasions. This unique scratch-resistance
feature benefits OEMs by providing a dramatic increase in value and
performance with no additional cost.
ClearTek touchscreens are enormously popular among manufacturers
of public-access devices, and are used in about 90 percent of all
touch-enabled gaming machines in operation around the world. This is
due to their superior durability, sealability, accuracy, reliability,
ease of integration, and optical qualities, all of which are key
attributes for public-access applications.
funworld GmbH, one of the world's premier amusement game
manufacturers and an early ClearTek 3000 customer, has already
deployed thousands of gaming systems fitted with the new touchscreens.
``It's inevitable that games will be susceptible to rough handling and
spilled drinks,'' said Joseph Oehlinger, president of funworld, ``and
it's of paramount importance that products can withstand this
treatment without the loss of performance or optical clarity. We have
been using ClearTek 3000 touchscreens for three months now, and have
noticed a real difference in durability. Once again, MicroTouch has
set new standards in the touchscreen industry, and by working with the
market leader, we are confident that our customers will continue to
benefit from a higher return on their investment in funworld
Although surface scratching can occur on any type of touchscreen
and possibly affect performance, it is unusual. In fact, scratches and
abrasions on touchscreens are typically the result of deliberate
vandalism caused by sharp implements used with considerable force. In
independent laboratory tests, however, ClearTek 3000 touchscreens have
proven to be at least 210 times more durable, making them virtually
impervious to scratching from everyday objects such as coins and keys.
``ClearTek 3000 significantly raises the overall value we provide
to our OEM customers, and greatly extends our competitive advantages,''
said Janet Muto, MicroTouch vice president of worldwide marketing.
``Our growing leadership in the public-access market over the past
decade is a direct result of our ability to continue to deliver
superior products and unmatched worldwide customer service. ClearTek
3000 is another example of our solid commitment to continuous
MicroTouch Systems, Inc. is the world's leading provider of
computer touch-input solutions, offering an array of innovative
products based on capacitive, resistive, and other touch technologies.
Founded in 1982, MicroTouch reported sales of $144.4 million in 1998.
With its headquarters and ISO 9001-certified manufacturing plant in
Methuen, Mass., MicroTouch also maintains manufacturing capabilities
in New York, Texas, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia,
along with sales offices and distributors in numerous other countries.
MicroTouch Specialty Products Group, located in Austin, Texas, was
formed in 1995, and specializes in the development of analog resistive
and digital matrix resistive touchscreens. Factura Kiosks, a
MicroTouch division in Rochester, N.Y., is the leading U.S. supplier
of kiosk housings, specializing in creative design, engineering and
manufacturing. MicroTouch Business Products Division manufactures
Ibid, an award-winning, touch-sensitive electronic whiteboard, and the
U.S. market leader. The company's Web site address is
MicroTouch Systems, Inc.
Edward F. Clough, 978-659-9120
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