Interactive face-up-table for collaborative meetings

November 12, 2019 //By Julien Happich
collaborative meetings
In the era of the paperless office, it seems logical that the conference room should be paperless too. The use of laptops, tablets and wall-mounted screens already help eliminate the need for printed handouts and documents, but unfortunately, it does not enable people to collaborate easily.

When designing the ultimate conference room table, what would you envisage? This question was asked of the product development team at Itoki Co. Ltd. The developers at the Japan-based manufacturer of office furniture considered that such a table needed to be suitable for all kinds of meetings and presentations. It also needed to bring people together and enable them to interact with the same content, making meetings more effective and shorter.

To ensure an optimum user experience, like one would get from a tablet computer, the developers sought a touch screen technology that was unaffected by accidental touches, scalable to allow multiple users to interact simultaneously, all in a bespoke design. Zytronic and its projected capacitive technology (PCT and MPCT) enabled them to fulfil all of these design criteria and to develop the ultimate collaborative, multi-touch conference room table, which they named Face-Up.

At the centre of the solution is a large, multi-touch screen that forms the table surface. A uniquely designed 48” ZyBrid sensor combined with a Zytronic ZXY200 multi-touch controller that supports up to 40 independent touch points and rapid touch detection was selected. At Itoki’s request, Zytronic designed the touch sensor with broad, white printed borders to allow users space to rest notepads, cups, etc. and an anti-glare etched glass surface to facilitate smooth finger gliding during use. Since its release, Itoki's Face-Up-Table has been highly commended on its effectiveness in face-to-face meetings. Activating discussions, its collaboration software allows document data sharing. Most importantly, when not in use, it is elegant and robust for use as a normal conference room table.

Zytronic – www.zytronic.co.uk


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