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Touch Panel Gives Kiosk Manufacturers Durable Alternative to Touch Screens
-- Cirque develops user-friendly touchpad panel for high-traffic kiosk use --
Salt Lake City, Utah, June 13, 1998 -- Cirque Corporation, original developer of touchpad technology, introduced today a new solution for pointing on high-traffic computer kiosks. The patented kiosk touch panel combines Cirque’s durable solid-state touchpad with a simple, intuitive design that’s easy for first-time users.
As a maintenance-free input device, the touchpad is ideal for computer kiosks in harsh public environments. It does not require the regular cleaning or calibration that touch screens need to function properly, and is completely impervious to spills.
The new kiosk touch panel also offers low-cost convenience to kiosk manufacturers. At up to $300.00 less than the price of a touch screen overlay, this thin, one-piece touch device integrates easily into any kiosk blueprint. No software is required; functions are contained within the hardware module. And no custom programming is necessary; special embedded features make it as easy to operate as a standard mouse:
Fingertip control – Easy pointing in any computer program
Touch Button – Select or activate “enter” (click function) in touch area with embossed rim; no tapping or pressure required
One-touch Scroll – Scroll vertically simply by gliding your finger along the panel’s right side
GlidePoint – Panel is constructed of recognized high-quality touch technology
“Public kiosks must withstand constant use and abuse in high-traffic areas,” said Tom Donohue, Industrial Product Manager of Cirque Corporation, “and most touch screens simply cannot stand up to such harsh conditions. Cirque’s inexpensive yet rugged touch panel, on the other hand, is the ideal kiosk input solution because it can take the public environment and still offer intuitive navigation.”
Cirque, founded in 1991, is the leading provider of touchpads worldwide. Cirque GlidePoint ControlÒ is used by 50% of laptop providers. Cirque’s products are distributed to markets throughout the United States, Canada, and over 30 countries on five continents through top distributors and key national retailers. Additional information on Cirque Corporation can be obtained by calling 888-TOUCH-90 in the United States or 801-467-1100 or by visiting the company’s web site atwww.cirque.com.
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