Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Where will touchscreen technology be in 2018

Touch screens are a major part of our lives either at home or at work. But how important will they be in 2018? All technologies are growing at a rapid rate and that’s no different when it comes to touchscreens. In fact, in 2018 it shows no sign of stopping, and the market for touchscreen modules is expected to double from $16 billion in 2012 to $31.9 billion in 2018. This shows the rapid growth in this market.

Why has there been such a growth in touchscreen technology?

Touchscreens are helping to make things faster and easy to use. Mouse and keyboards are now being replaced by touchscreens which are allowing users to navigate systems faster and easier. Ensuring a faster input means greater efficiency in the transfer of information between the man and machine. Companies now realise that touchscreens bring major benefits and this will only increase in 2018.

As reported in the American Chemical Society journal “Langmuir” British scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a cheap flexible touchscreen made of silver and graphene. Combining graphene - a material made from a single layer of carbon atoms - with silver nanowires, to create a film which will outperform regular screens but using a fraction of the amount of silver. The screen will also be more responsive and use less power. Although a volume manufactured version of this may be several years away it proves that the future of touchscreens will be incredibly exciting.

SCHURTER is always monitoring the latest touchscreen technology and how we can implement them into our manufacturing processes.