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Have you ever attempted to operate a touchscreen monitor or your smartphone with gloves on? Have you ever noticed how the screen won’t respond to your touch? Why is this? Before you can understand why your device or screen doesn’t respond while you are wearing gloves, it is important to first understand how touchscreens work.

Capacitive Touchscreens

There are different touchscreen technologies used in different devices, with capacitive technology being the most common found in smartphones. Essentially, capacitive technology uses sensors designed to react to things that are electrically conductive. Your skin is electrically conductive, which is what allows your screen to react when you touch it, as the sensors sense the input and react accordingly. With the sensors activated, your phone then averages the space being touched by your finger to determine the exact area you were trying to target.

This technology works with anything that is electrically conductive, not just your finger. The only requirement is a sufficient amount of electrically conductive surface touching the screen at the same time. Because most smartphones and touch screens have been optimized to be used by fingers, if you attempt to operate it with something that is too small, the device will be unable to register the touch.

Touch Screens and Gloves

Because touchscreen technology is dependent upon electrically conductive surfaces to work, it should come as no surprise that when wearing gloves your device won’t work. This is because your skin is not coming into contact with the screen, therefore, the sensors do not recognize the touch, thereby not responding. This is because the material that gloves are made of is not electrically conductive, the sensors can not register any input.

Those who live in cold climates and rely on gloves to keep their hands warm can invest in a pair of touchscreen gloves that will allow them to operate a smartphone and touchscreen monitor without having to remove their gloves. These gloves have a special electrically conductive thread used in the fingertips that allow the sensors to register a touch.

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Do you know how many “screens” are actually in a touchscreen monitor or device? Depending on the device, the answer is likely two, with an additional layer of glass on top. In this article, we’ll explain the differences between a touch screen monitor and an LCD screen. But first, a brief history of touchscreen technology.

Touchscreen technology dates back to 1977 when the first prototype was developed by Ben Stumpe, a Danish electronics engineer. In 1982, multi-touch technology began to evolve thanks to the University of Toronto’s Input Research group. The university’s device used a glass panel with a camera behind the glass to record human-input. A few years later, in 1985, the University of Toronto continued their work, developing a multi-touch tablet that relied on capacitance rather than a bulky camera’s optical sensing systems.

Thanks to this early technology, touchscreens have become a staple in today’s world. Most smartphones, tablets and a large percentage of laptops rely on touchscreen technology. Most households will have at least one device that is equipped with a touchscreen, as users have grown to expect and rely upon the technology.

While touchscreens are increasingly becoming more common, one thing that many users don’t realize is that the screen you touch and the screen you see are not one-in-the-same.

Touchscreen: This is a thin, transparent layer of plastic, which is able to read and therefore, respond to touch. After reading the touch, it then transports the signal to the processing unit.

LCD Screen: This is the part of the device that lays inside the device and cannot be accessed without taking the device apart. The LCD screen is responsible for actually displaying the image.

A common occurrence among touch screen monitors and devices is a broken screen. When only the touchscreen breaks, you’ll still be able to see the displays on the screen and the phone should still function normally.

When the LCD screen breaks, you’ll still be able to touch the device, but the image will have dark spots or web-looking cracks across it. Sometimes both.

When both the LCD screen and the touchscreen are broken, you may still be able to use portions of the screen, and be able to see parts of the image. While you might still be able to use your device, it won’t work as it normally would and will present you with some difficulties during operation.

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Today, everywhere you look you can see a touchscreen. These range from personal touch screens, such as tablets and smartphones, to larger screens, such as the I-series touch monitor. This is also true for classrooms, as more schools and school districts are investing in touchscreen technology to enhance and improve student learning and retention. Here are a few ways touch screens can help with learning and teaching in the classroom.


Increased Student Engagement

With the integration of technology and touch screens in the classroom, teachers are looking for ways they can cater their lessons to fully engage students and encourage active participation. Because students are exposed to touchscreen technology in the home, these new technologies are second nature to them.

Different styles of screens can be operated with the simple touch of a finger or stylus. This technology allows students to be able to easily navigate different applications, edit digital content, make annotations, brainstorm, give presentations, manipulate images, and so much more! This style of learning can be further enhanced, as many devices are equipped with multi-touch capacity. This allows multiple users to operate the screen at the same time.


Easy to Use

Many touchscreen monitors are easy to use, as they only require the user to turn the screen on and connect a USB or HDMI cable to a computer or laptop. Once these steps have been completed, the screen is immediately ready to be used. One of the best features of touch screen monitors is that PC’s can be installed in them. This is accomplished by either using a slot-style PC compliant with Intel’s open pluggable standard (OPS), or another similar style system. This allows touch screens to grow and adapt to meet each individual schools’ needs and budgets, as different options can be easily installed when needed.



Touch screen monitors have integrated speakers. These speakers normally provide more than ample sound for a classroom environment. In addition to quality sound, they also produce bright, color-rich images that are ideal for high-resolution videos. When equipped with a web camera, touch screens can act as a low-cost video conferencing unit that allows teachers to teach remote students and promotes collaboration between multiple schools.



On average, most touchscreen monitors are rated for a minimum of 50,000 hours of use. This makes them a very cost-effective solution for many schools. When a major brand is purchased, the technology is more robust and dependable. In addition, these monitors are designed for heavy usage and are typically found in airports, hospitals, and upmarket retail outlets. To attest to their durability and reliability, many models, including the I-series touch monitor, offer a warranty that includes 24/7 operation as a testament to their reliability.

Many forward-thinking, technology-conscious schools are making the transition and incorporating touchscreen technology into their classrooms. This is because many teachers and school administrators recognize how it improves students’ learning experience.

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In recent years, touchscreens have become the popular choice when choosing interface technology. Whether you are selecting a touchscreen for personal or professional use, having a screen that is durable and affordable is a big factor to consider. Many devices, such as a D-series touch display, are equipped with a hard plastic screen shield that makes touchscreen devices less prone to damage than devices that rely on a keypad or a computer mouse to operate. Additionally, touchscreen devices are more user-friendly for all ages and skill levels. Read on to learn more of the advantages touchscreen devices offer users.

Replacing Mouse and Keyboard

Devices that utilize touchscreen technology no longer rely on the traditional mouse and keyboard. Without the use of a mouse and keyboard, users can interact with programs and functions with the simple touch of a finger.

Reality-Based Interaction

One of the biggest appeals of touchscreen technology is the ability that it gives users to have a direct and easy interaction with a device. Because they do not require multiple devices or components to operate as traditional computers do, touchscreen technology provides users with a simple and more intuitive experience.


The simplicity of touchscreen technology allows users to complete their task quickly. The use of icons also helps improve the speed in which users are able to interact and use a device. It is significantly quicker for the brain to process an image than read an entire sentence of text. This then allows users to breeze through application processes at an increased rate.

Easy to Clean and Maintain

The flat, smooth surface of touch screens make cleaning the surface an easy task, since there is no keyboard to collect dust between the keys. Additionally, since most touchscreen devices are wireless, there is no mass of cords to organize.

Saves Time and Money

Many businesses utilize the features and benefits of a D-series touch display and other touch screen monitors to increase the speed of their service. This is accomplished by businesses using touchscreen kiosks, where customers can help themselves. These devices are used to purchase movie tickets, pay bills, or easily access account information. By making these services easily available to customers, businesses are able to reduce wait times, while cutting down on the need to hire and train additional employees to assist customers.

It is easy to see how touch screen displays can benefit small and large businesses alike. This is even more apparent as touchscreens are being used for more and more applications every day.

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Touchscreens are everywhere. Whether a smartphone in your pocket, a laptop or tablet, or a D-series touch display, touchscreen technology has infiltrated our everyday lives in big ways. But how many can actually answer the question, “How do touchscreens work?” Probably only a handful.

In order for a touchscreen to work efficiently, there are specific characteristics that must be considered. These characteristics typically include:

  • Visibility
  • Precision in Position Sensing
  • Rapid Response to Input
  • Durability
  • Installation Cost

Because touchscreens are used in a wide variety of technologies and devices, there are also different touchscreen technologies. We will discuss the two most popular types of panels used for touchscreens.

Resistive Film Touch Panels

In 2010, resistive film technology was the most widely used technology on the market. It is most commonly found on small to mid-sized electronics, including smartphones, PDAs, GPS, and handheld gaming devices.

With resistive film touch panels, the position on the screen that is in contact with a finger, stylus, or other object is detected by a change in pressure. This occurs because of the basic internal structure that consists of a glass screen and film screen that are separated by a narrow gap. Both the glass and the film are covered with a transparent electrode film. When pressure is applied to the surface the two screens come in contact with each other, forcing the electrodes to touch, creating an electrical current. The touchscreen is then able to detect where the point of contact is being made by the change in voltage.

This type of technology is popular due to the advantages that it offers manufacturers. Some of the advantages include its low manufacturing cost, simple structure, and lower electricity requirement. Another huge benefit is that the configurations are strongly dust and water resistant, as the surface of the device is covered in a protective film. Because this technology is dependent upon pressure to register a touch, it is responsive to a naked finger, gloved finger, and stylus.

There are also a few drawbacks to this technology, including lower light transmittance as a result of the film and two electrode layers, relatively lower durability and shock resistance, and reduced precision of detection with larger screens.

Capacitive Touch Panels

Following resistive film touch panels, capacitive touch panels are the second most commonly used form of touchscreen technology. Similar to resistive film touch panels, the capacitive touch panels are used in standalone LCD monitors and smartphones.

Instead of using electrodes, this method is able to detect the point where the touch occurs by using sensors that can detect or sense minor changes in the electrical current. These changes are created by contact with a finger that creates a change that triggers the sensors to react to the static electrical capacity of the human body.

Unlike resistive film touch technology, capacitive touch technology does not respond to gloved hands or a stylus, they require a naked finger to respond. They are also strongly resistant to dust and water drops while being highly durable and scratch resistant.

Whether it be resistive film touch screen, capacitive touchscreen, or D-series touchscreen technology, there is touch screen technology constantly surrounding us. They make our lives easier and improve customer interaction more and more as technology improves and industries see their benefits. Learn more about how your business can benefit from touchscreen displays at G-Vision USA.

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You don’t have to look too far these days to discover the preferred form of human-machine interface (HMI) is the touch screen. Whether it’s selecting your meal preferences at your favorite local restaurant or performing a quick on-the-go search on your smartphone, there are plenty of real-world examples of how a touch screen display can be used to make life easier. When picking a screen for your specific needs, you’ll have two main choices: resistive and capacitive.

What is a Resistive Screen?

A resistive screen is made up of electrically conductive and resistive layers with air gaps between each one. While the outermost layer is made up of scratch-resistant plastic, the firmer lower layer is usually made of plastic or glass. Invisible separator dots separate each layer. Touches to resistive screens are recognized by sensors when the two layers are pressed together by a fingertip that triggers a change in current.


Pros and Cons

On the positive side, resistive screens are able to recognize fingers, gloved hands, or a stylus. They’re also resistant to dust and able to stand up to use in a variety of temperatures. Because of a higher sensor resolution, these screens tend to work well for handwriting.

However, resistive screens also have low sensitivity, which means users have to press firmly on the surface. Furthermore, dead zones may appear in areas of the screen that are frequently used. Plus, there’s no multi-touch support. In addition, scratches, cracks, and similar types of damage to the screen can affect performance.


What is a Capacitive Screen?

Capacitive screens draw on the body’s electrical impulses where the screen is touched. Because the user’s “electricity” is used, these screens are highly sensitive, meaning only light pressure is needed to get the desired response. The screen has an insulating layer like glass that’s coated on the inside with a transparent conductive material. The user-generated electricity passes right through the insulating layer.


Pros and Cons

The biggest pro with capacitive screens is the touch sensitivity, which can make such screens easy to use for individuals not able to firmly press a screen. Such screens offer multi-touch support as well. They also allow for displays that are much sharper and brighter. Additionally, frequent use doesn’t usually produce dead zones, and minor imperfections won’t affect screen sensitivity.

On the downside, gloved fingers generally cannot be used on capacitive screens. Additionally, a special conductive tip stylus is required for non-finger screen activation. Because of the sensitivity of the screen, it’s also possible to make unintended touches that trigger actions not desired.

How you plan to use your touch screen display will be the ultimate deciding factor when choosing between resistive and capacitive options. It’s just as important to select your preferred screen from sources like GVision, where you’ll find a variety of configurations and designs within reasonable price ranges.

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Digital screens have been slowly integrated into the world around you. Whether you walk into a restaurant, access an ATM, or pump gasoline, you’re surrounded by screens at every turn. If you’re a business owner, adding these touch screens to your property should be a priority. Get to know the features that are critical for your outdoor-signage investment. A large touch screen monitor can draw in new clients and keep old ones coming back.

Sizing the Screen

Your first consideration when you begin your touch screen monitor search should be size. Be certain about its intended location. From 10- to 55-inch screens, signage models come in a variety of sizes. Always pick the size that matches your application. It must be large enough to draw attention, but it should not overshadow other important features.

Concerning Durability

A large touch screen monitor must be durable for outdoor-signage applications. The weather can cause damage to some models. Look for screens that have scratch resistant, dust-proof, and waterproof features built into the design.

Illuminating the Subject Matter

Select digital signage that has adjustable brightness. In some cases, the model might come with either manual or automatic brightness control. You must strike a balance between catching a person’s attention and overwhelming them with light.

The brightness and resolution quality often go hand in hand. Look for screens that have the latest resolution values. Choosing 1920×540 resolution is a great place to start. Most quality screens come with LED bulbs that backlight the images with crisp features every day.

Relying on the Latest Technology

It’s a fact that the technology or printed circuit boards within the signage are important considerations. Manufacturers are constantly upgrading their microchips. Look for rapid CPU speed for your touch screen. Without a fast PCB, the images and response time will slow down.

Be aware that last year’s touch screen model may have older technology. These screens are low-cost selections, but the technology will reflect their time period.

Be part of a digital revolution by working with a supplier such as GVision for your signage needs.

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Not all touchscreen displays are created equal. Considering how many mobile devices and game consoles incorporate touchscreen display technology, this may be a shocking statement to read. However, not all of them follow the same general design pattern.

In fact, there are many designs currently in use. That’s why you’ll want to keep several different factors in mind if you’re looking for touchscreen equipment to install in your own production line.

Resistive and Capacitive Touchscreens

Resistive touchscreen panels are made of multiple thin layers that compress downward when they’re touched. One layer has small electrical conductors, which get forced against a panel full of voltage dividers when pressure is applied. This technology, which is the least expensive, allows users to work with a stylus as well as their fingers. However, it tends to wear out more quickly because users often accidentally poke through the layers.

Capacitive touchscreens are usually made from a rigid insulator, such as hard glass, which is coated with an oxide. This oxide acts as a transparent conductor of electricity. Since the human body is also a conductor, the display responds when it makes contact with skin. While you can’t use a stylus with a capacitive touchscreen, it offers a much more consistent user interface.

For one thing, you won’t ruin the display unless you drop it. These displays are also much more accurate, so you won’t get frustrated by trying to tap on an icon and accidentally starting a different process.

Different Form Factors Currently Available

If you shop around, you’ll see that touchscreens come in many different shapes and sizes. Quality suppliers such as GVision often have the following formats on hand:

  • Large format
  • Desktop
  • POS and cash register formats
  • Kiosk
  • Embedded display
  • Full screen
  • Notebook
  • Tablet
  • Cellular phone

The Little Differences

There are several small details that set touchscreen display screens apart from one another. For example, backlight technology might influence how you feel about a display. Solid LED and OLED displays offer users much less flicker than those lit by neon tubes.

Even software can influence how you perceive touchscreen quality. While the kernels used by mobile operating systems have gotten much better about registering touches, there’s no substitute for a properly written app. Matching the appropriate drivers with the hardware will eliminate delays and make the user experience much smoother. If you work with knowledgeable professionals, then you’ll never even have to worry about driver problems.

If you partner with a quality supplier of display screens, you’ll quickly learn that not all touchscreens are the same.

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There are numerous reasons why a museum may want to consider installing touch screen monitors in their facilities. Read on for an overview of how updating your monitors can benefit your facility.

Interactive Exhibits

Installing monitors next to displays easily turns visual-only displays into interactive experiences. Those touring the museum can see news clippings about the events being portrayed. They can also read in-depth articles about particular items on display. Furthermore, games can be created to help attendees grasp crucial concepts behind the exhibit. Museums that have used interactive displays in this way usually find that their ratings increase.

Provide Museum Maps

Many museums offer numerous ways for visitors to explore. Using mapping technology allows participants to find out where the displays they are most interested in are located. Museums can also use touch screen monitors to lead visitors through museums along different pathways based on specific interests. Different paths can even be created based on the time that a person wants to spend in the museum.


Over the years, one of the main struggles that museums have faced is making their facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Modern monitors offer features that enable patrons with visual or reading disabilities to get the exhibit information they need.

White Space

If a museum put everything that they knew about each specimen in their exhibit space, the area around the piece would look cluttered. Using a monitor enables guests to learn about the items that they are interested in at a deeper level while keeping the display area visually inviting. Furthermore, monitors can reduce time spent by staff answering questions while making sure that visitors get accurate information.

Updating Exhibits

It is a relatively simple process to update information shown on displays when new, vital information is uncovered. Since archaeologists and historians are uncovering new facts on a regular basis, this can help visitors get the most recent news about a displayed item. Updates may be used to entice visitors to come back to the museum on an ongoing basis. Additionally, monitors can be used to promote special events related to items on display at the museum.

There are many different ways that monitors can make your museum more inviting to the public. Talk to the experts at GVision to learn more about the many ways that you can use monitors in your museum.

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There was a time when touch technology was something you might only see on an episode of Star Trek. Today, the ability to simply touch to complete actions is often taken for granted since touch screen display technology is widely used on phones and in homes, cars, and businesses. Of course, it took several decades to perfect the technology that’s so common today.

Capacitive Touch Screen Panels

The technology behind touch devices dates back to the 1940s. However, it wasn’t until 1965 that a workable finger-driven touch screen was invented by Eric Johnson. Air traffic controllers in Europe were the first customers to use Johnson’s screens. Today, his invention is referred to as a capacitive touch screen panel. It works by using the human finger as sort of an electrical conductor.

Resistive Touch Screens

Dr. G. Samuel Hurst introduced resistive touch screens to the world in the 1970s. They work by placing pressure on a conductive cover sheet to trigger voltage flow via “X” and “Y” wires. Today, pressure-activated screens are mostly used in factories, restaurants, hospitals, and similar settings. Such screens are no longer widely used for mobile devices.

Touch Screens in the Classroom

In 1971, PLATO IV became the first computer-assisted system with a touch screen used in classrooms. Today, touch screens are nearly universally used in classrooms by students at all grade levels.

Human-Controlled Multi-Touch Capabilities

What was basically a “touch tablet” was developed by Nimish Mehta of the University of Toronto in the early 1980s. It involved the use of a camera placed behind a frosted-glass panel to detect motions. Also in the 1980s, Myron Krueger developed a system that was capable of reacting to different hand or finger poses. Hewlett-Packard introduced computers with screens that could respond to finger touches, but they had some usability issues.

Touch Screens Become Accessible for Everyone

By the 1990s, touch screens were more accessible thanks to innovations like IBM’s Personal Communicator, considered the first cell phone to feature a touchscreen. It also had email and paging capabilities and included a pen-activated sketch pad. Apple and Palm would soon debut PDAs (personal digital assistants) with touch-activated capabilities.

Touch Technology Today

Multi-touch capacitive technology and gesture-based technology evolved rapidly in the early 2000s. The new millennium has given us touch-activated smartphones, tablets, monitors, and televisions. Gesture-based interfaces also allow users to maneuver animations and images, and pan and zoom with incredible ease and precision. There’s even a computer primarily marketed as a business tool allowing multiple users to touch and use real-world objects.

To see what’s new and trending with touch screen display technology, take a moment to check out what’s available from top manufacturers like GVision. The latest touch screens are responsive and easy to use.