New Product Discoveries - Grayhill's Touch Encoder and Neonode's Touch Sensor

Through the years, Digi-Key has become synonymous with circuit board level components (things soldered directly to a circuit board). True Digi-Key fans have noticed, however, that through the years our product offering has expanded well beyond that; offering products to truly fit any and all electronic-related applications.

As the industrial automation market continues to expand, Digi-Key has jumped at the opportunity to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge products from leading suppliers in the industry. What I have to show you today can advance your system by leaps and bounds ensuring that you stay at the head of the pack when it comes to technology.

The first device I want to show you today comes by way of Grayhill, Inc. in the form of a software development kit (SDK). The Touch Encoder SDK is a complete development platform that contains the touchscreen display encoder as well as the programmer. Once powered you can connect to an iPad via the GIIB (Grayhill Instinct Interface Builder) App and easily program your encoder for your specific application.

What Benefits Does an Encoder Have Over Traditional Switches?

The Grayhill Touch Encoder replaces many user input devices such as switches, keypads, pushbuttons, and displays with one simple-to-use interface. With the ability to program and customize to fit your specific needs, you can store hundreds of custom screens, incorporate pictures, and utilize different gestures (tap, swipe, and turn); essentially incorporating all your input devices into one slick device.

The second item I want to cover today is from a relatively new supplier to Digi-Key called Neonode. Neonode offers a very unique touch sensing device called the zForce AIR Touch Sensor. The zForce AIR Touch Sensor uses infrared sensing in the form of an array of emitters and receivers. This combination creates an active area that, once an object is present, affects the emitter-receiver channels and relays coordinates based on the result of a center of gravity calculation.

What makes this product extraordinary is the ability to make any surface into a touch-enabled surface. But it’s not just surfaces, the zForce AIR Touch Sensor allows for touch sensing in mid-air. There are options available in various lengths (for different size surfaces or areas) and with two integration options (horizontal or vertical).

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Randall Restle 是 Digi-Key Electronics 应用工程副总裁,负责应用工程师、技术人员和管理人员团队的评估、设计和指导,并在先进技术产品选择和使用方面负责确保 Digi-Key 的服务客户技术战略的落实。Randall 在 2011 年加入 Digi-Key,在此之前,他已经从业 35 年之久,在工程、数字和模拟电路设计、印刷电路板和嵌入式软件领域拥有经验丰富。Randall 拥有辛辛那提大学 BSEE、MS 和 MBA 学位。他还是 IEEE 的高级会员,是俄亥俄州的注册专业工程师,是项目管理协会的认证项目管理专家,并且是多项专利的发明人。

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