Using surfaces to operate the technology in rooms

In the rooms of our living and office environment, we find many interfaces that can be used naturally and intuitively as user interfaces. Controlling the working lighting in the kitchen via the underside of the kitchen wall units, replacing the light switch with a control panel in the door frame, adjusting the height of the office table on the underside of the table. Wouldn’t it be interesting to interact with the technology in the rooms via such surfaces by simply wiping or touching them?

touchskin operating solutions are perfectly suited for such interaction surfaces in the living room or office. They can be designed to cover large areas and fit seamlessly into furniture surfaces and door frames, for example. All surfaces in rooms can thus become user interfaces. Completely reduced and hidden as Shy-Tech without affecting the design in the slightest, or as an additional optical highlight through high-quality lighting in the surface.

touchskin surfaces: intuitive interaction with technology in rooms
touchskin surfaces: intuitive interaction with technology in rooms

Operation with generous gestures

Surfaces in living rooms or offices are usually generously dimensioned. In such large areas, touch control solutions are particularly attractive, which enable operation along any edge or surface and at any position in the same way.

An example from the kitchen:
The LED work lights can be switched on and off or dimmed along the entire front edge of the top cupboards of a kitchen unit. A short touch switches the light on, a wipe to the left dims the light down, a wipe to the right up. A longer touch switches the light off. Each gesture can be performed or started at any point.

A brief explanation for those interested in technology:
For such operating solutions, individual film circuit carriers with a length of 675 mm, equipped with touch sensors and electronics, are connected to each other by a simple bus system and can thus be combined to form meter-long touch control surfaces.

Illumination in large surfaces

Lighting elements seamlessly integrated into the surfaces of our living and office environment support intuitive operation over large areas. They serve as an indicator of where and how to operate and provide visual feedback when operation is complete. Or simply as ambient lighting without function they are an optical highlight of the surface.

In those places where lighting elements are located, the surface must be translucent. Materials such as plastics, wood veneer or of course glass are suitable for this. Translucent areas can be designed in such a way that they are only visible when the lighting is activated (black panel effect).

touchskin surfaces with wood veneer: lighting supports intuitive interaction with technology in rooms

About multiskin circuit carriers

The seamless integration of operation and lighting in surfaces is made possible by multiskin circuit carriers. This technology combines the functions of the printed circuit board and the electronic components with a special light management in a thin film composite. By using foils, even large areas in the living or office area can be easily equipped with electronic functions.



For example, together with Rehau, plastic electronic has developed a new operating solution for height-adjustable tables. With SMART SENSE, the height of conference tables can be adjusted from any position around the table. The operating area is characterized by a plastic profile with a trough-like groove, which is embedded in the underside of the tabletop. As a result, the optimal position for operation with the fingers can be felt and safely carried out along the groove. Together with the office furniture manufacturer K├Ânig + Neurath, the revolutionary operating system has already been integrated into many high-quality conference tables.