P4419 - Elo Touch Solutions Expands Zero-Bezel SAW touchscreen portfolioElo Touch Solutions, the original inventor of touchscreen technology and a portfolio company of The Gores Group, today expanded its zero-bezel surface acoustic wave (SAW) touch technology portfolio to include open-frame touch monitors. The new 2440L 24-inch open-frame touchmonitor features a patented IntelliTouch® ZB/iTouch® true flat touch sensor which easily integrates with the modern industrial design and architecture being deployed by today’s airlines, casinos, hotels, restaurants and retail stores. A compact form factor, energy-saving LED panel, full HD resolution and clear glass optical clarity combine to deliver a professional-grade touch screen built for continuous use in public environments.

“Elo continues to execute against a larger strategy to refresh and expand our core touchmonitor portfolio,” said Craig Witsoe, CEO Elo Touch Solutions. “Elo is unique in our industry innovations because we are the leading touchscreen company with in-house research, design, manufacturing, customisation and support across a broad range of touch technologies spanning computers, digital signage, tablets and monitors. Our latest 2440L delivers 24-inches of widescreen interactive digital application space in the height of a traditional 19-inch touch screen.”

The Elo 2440L open-frame touchscreen enables kiosk, gaming machine, hospitality and retail display companies to cost-effectively integrate transactional single-touch or interactive multi-touch capabilities into ticketing machines, self-serve kiosks, point of sale terminals and digital signage solutions. The 2440L is available with IntelliTouch micro-bezel (SAW), IntelliTouch ZB/iTouch zero-bezel (SAW) or IntelliTouch Pro projected capacitive (PCAP) flat glass technology.

The stable, drift-free operation of SAW touchscreen technology provides an accurate touch response measured on 3 axes using a finger, gloved hand or passive stylus. Elo’s sensitive touch response recognises location and amount of pressure applied. Elo has tested its IntelliTouch and iTouch SAW touchscreens to more than 50 million touches in one location without failure using a stylus simulating a finger. The graphics quality and colours of HD resolution software applications are preserved based on the optical clarity of SAW clear glass touch technology.

The new 2440L implements the latest patent out of over 400 active patents Elo holds worldwide. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued this patent 8,576,202 in 2013 to Elo for a bezel-less acoustic touch apparatus that provides a substrate capable of propagating surface acoustic waves. In other words – a patent for touch screens using zero-bezel, flat glass surface acoustic wave technology (SAW).

Elo first introduced Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) touch technology over 25 years ago in 1987. SAW touchscreen technology delivers superior image clarity, resolution, light transmission and reliability because it utilises clear glass that continues to work even if scratched. There are no coatings, plastic films or moving parts to wear out or be damaged. The active area of the touchscreen is resistant to chemicals such as acetone, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, isopropyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, ammonia-based glass cleaners, gasoline, kerosene and vinegar.

Elo IntelliTouch ZB/iTouch SAW technology was first implemented nearly 15 years ago based on technology described in patent 6,225,985. Previous Elo SAW innovations are described in patent 5,883,457 which are implemented in Elo SecureTouch® technology where the SAW touchscreen uses tempered glass to deliver high impact resistance for installation in public environments such as hotel lobbies, office buildings, auto dealerships, bank branches, gaming casinos, healthcare waiting rooms, retail stores and train stations. SAW touchscreens at 30-inch and larger sizes are covered by Elo patents 5,708,461 and 6,236,391. As the display industry migrated from CRT displays to LCD and LED flat screens, Elo was first to implement SAW in super flat profiles as described in patent 6,091,406. Elo was also first to evolve SAW from transactional single-touch capabilities to interactive multi-touch, protected by patents 5,854,450 and 8,243,048.