Press Release

Contact: Carrie Royce
Cirque Corporation
(801) 467-1100 ext. 3135
[email protected]


New Cirque Touchpad Improves on User-Friendly Features for High-Traffic Public Kiosks

- Cirque develops intuitive touch panel designed specifically for kiosk manufacturers

as a durable, inexpensive alternative to touch screens -


ISA TECH, Philadelphia, PA - October 5, 1999 - Cirque Corporation, original developer of GlidePoint® touchpad technology, introduces a new solution for pointing on heavy-use computer kiosks. The patent-pending kiosk touch panel combines Cirque's durable solid-state touchpad with a simple, intuitive design that's easy for first-time users.

In addition to pressure-free fingertip control, the new kiosk device gives users instant access to horizontal and vertical scrolling with just a glide of the finger. And three virtual buttons embossed on the pad's surface provide access to "click", "double-click" and "drag" operations while eliminating the need for potentially-unreliable mechanical buttons.

These easy-to-use and maintenance-free features make the kiosk touch panel ideal for computer kiosks in harsh public environments. Its reliable one-piece design does not require the regular cleaning or calibration that touch screens need, and it is completely impervious to spills. In fact, Cirque's kiosk touch panel is so durable that it can even withstand moderate abuse from cigarette burns and razor blade cuts.


"Public kiosks must withstand constant use and abuse in high-traffic areas," said Shane Hughston, Industrial Sales Manager of Cirque Corporation, "and most touch screens simply cannot stand up to such harsh conditions. Cirque's inexpensive yet rugged touchpad panels, on the other hand, are the ideal kiosk input solution because they can take the public environment and still offer intuitive navigation."

Cirque, founded in 1991, is the leading provider of touchpads worldwide. Cirque GlidePoint Control is used in 50% of notebook computers. Cirque's products are distributed throughout the United States, Canada and over 30 countries on five continents through top distributors, key national retailers and the world wide web. Additional information on Cirque Corporation can be obtained by calling 1-888-TOUCH-90, 801-467-1100 or by visiting the company's web sites at www.cirque.com and www.glidepoint.com.

Product Specification PDF here on kiosks.org -- 550K

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