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Schurter develops round OLED display switch designed with capacitive touch technology

Schurter develops round OLED display switch designed with capacitive touch technology

Sep 21, 2017: Schurter has developed a round OLED display switch designed with capacitive touch technology. The switch is intuitive to operate with a simple finger stroke, wipe or rotation on the touchscreen. The intuitive operation with a finger stroke, wipe or rotation on the touchscreen corresponds to that of a smartphone. It meets the taste and the wishes of the customers.

Freely configurable

The user can decide what is displayed or activated in the case of wiping on the bright, round OLED display and the home LED. Hard image change, gentle fade-in and fad-out – it has absolute creative freedom. All functions are freely configurable.

The same freedom is enjoyed with regard to the glasslayout. Any symbols on the softkeys can be realized. The visual appearance can also be further customized by means of an aluminum decorative ring

Intuitive operation makes the difference

Machines simplify our daily lives in many ways. In order for this to work smoothly and the machines are not so complicated as to put us in front of insurmountable hurdles, the human-machine interface must be kept as simple as possible.

This human-machine interface must be adapted to the abilities, requirements and characteristics of the users and the tasks to be done. The following points should be given priority here:

• Intuitive operation thanks to few, clearly recognizable input possibilities
• Clear feedback from the interface that input was correctly detected
• Logical, human-minded menu structure
• Information must correspond to human absorption capacity

In the practical application, the device developers, of course, still have quite different points. It requires, for example, the following properties for the interface:

• Fast design-in process
• Input and display system in a single unit of compact space
• Standardized interface
• Low cost and suitability for serial production
• Customized adaptations in design, technology and production

Functions of the CDS1

Schurter’s Configurable Display Switch CDS1 offers many functions which can be controlled via the machine control unit of the customer. The user input comes from finger movements like we are used it from smart phones: tapping, swiping or rotating. On top of this, the customer can assign functions to each of the five soft keys of which one of them offers the possibility of an RGB color backlight illumination with different lighting modes, like constant, blinking or pulsating.

First Steps with the CDS1

Generally, there is no operating system software necessary for the operation of the Configurable Display Switch CDS1. Nevertheless, to get a quick first impression of the abilities of the CDS1, a Machine Simulator software is available. This Machine Simulator software is running on Windows 7 or higher. The Machine Simulator software emulates a machine control unit of the customer and allows to try out the touch functions of the CDS1.

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