Touch screens have come a long way since their invention in the 1960s. What was once a futuristic technology used only in science fiction movies, is now an integral part of our daily lives. Originally developed for use in the military and later adopted by the financial sector for ATMs, touch screens have now become an integral part of our daily lives. From smartphones and tablets to interactive kiosks and digital signage, touch screens have revolutionized the way we interact with technology. Touch screens have revolutionized the way we interact with the world around us. 

In this blog post, we will take a look at the history and evolution of touch screens, and how they are being used in events, exhibitions, and retail spaces to enhance the customer experience.

History of touch screens: 

Touch screens were first invented in the 1960s by Dr. Samuel C. Hurst, but it wasn’t until the development of capacitive touch screens in the 1980s that they began to gain widespread use. These early touch screens were used in ATMs, industrial controls, and other specialized applications. In the late 1990s, touch screens began to make their way into the consumer market with the introduction of the first smartphone, the IBM Simon. Since then, touch screens have become a staple in the world of consumer electronics, with nearly every smartphone and tablet now featuring a touch screen.

How touch screens are used today: 

Touch screens are now being used in a wide range of applications, from point-of-sale systems in retail stores to interactive kiosks in museums and exhibition spaces. They offer a convenient and intuitive way for customers to interact with products and services, and can be used to provide information, take orders, and even make payments.

One example of touch screens being used to enhance the customer experience is Afriten Technologies’ touch screen kiosks. These kiosks are being used in shopping malls, events, and exhibitions to provide customers with information about products and services, as well as to facilitate digital ordering and payments and capture customer details for database building. With 15 years of experience in the South African market, Afriten Technologies has successfully completed many large touch screen kiosk rollouts in shopping malls and has a wide range of touch screen and digital display products available for hire and purchase.

Our expertise ranges from touch screen panel rentals and purchases, to custom fabrication of touch screen kiosks and large touch screens. We also offer professional delivery, installation, and onsite technical support for all of our touch screen products.

One of the major advantages of touch screens is their ability to provide an interactive and engaging experience for users. In the retail and hospitality sectors, touch screens are often used as interactive guides or to facilitate digital ordering. In the events and exhibition industry, touch screens are an excellent way to showcase products and services in a dynamic and engaging way.

The use of touch screens is not limited to just commercial settings. They have also become popular in educational settings, providing a new way for students to interact with information and complete assignments. Museums and other cultural institutions have also embraced touch screens as a way to provide interactive exhibits and educational experiences for visitors.

We are dedicated to providing the best touch screen solutions to meet the needs of our clients. Whether you are looking to hire touch screens for a short-term event or purchase them for long-term use, we have a range of options available to suit your needs. Contact us to learn more about our touch screen products and how they can enhance your business or event.

At Afriten Technologies, we offer both capacitive and infrared touch screen technology for our clients. Capacitive touch screens use a layer of conductive material, usually made of glass or clear plastic, to detect touch input. When a finger or stylus touches the screen, it disrupts the electrostatic field, allowing the touch screen to detect the touch location. One of the benefits of capacitive touch screens is their high accuracy and ability to detect multiple touches simultaneously, making them well-suited for applications such as gaming and graphic design. However, they can be more expensive and may not work well with certain types of gloves or styluses.

On the other hand, infrared touch screens use a grid of infrared light beams to detect touch input. When an object, such as a finger or stylus, interrupts the beam, the touch screen can detect the touch location. One of the benefits of infrared touch screens is their durability and resistance to scratches and other types of damage. They can also be used with a wider range of input devices, including gloves and styluses. However, they may not be as accurate as capacitive touch screens and may have a lower maximum touch point count.

We offer both capacitive and infrared touch screen technology to meet the specific needs of our clients. Our team can help you determine the best solution for your application and budget.

If you have an upcoming event or project that requires touch screen technology, don’t hesitate to contact Afriten Technologies. We have the expertise and experience to help you achieve your goals and create a truly interactive and engaging experience for your audience.

Please visit our Touch Screen product page to find out more information on Touch Screen Purchase and hire/rental options available in South Africa.