Albatron readied Optical MultiTouch Monitor, revealed more display detail

Traditional touch screen devices require direct physical contact, Albratron's Optical Touch Monitor is one step ahead of competition, offering multitouch capabilities and infrared light tracking technology that eliminating sensing parts embedded in between the screen panel. The secrets are the infrared optical sensors and reflection bars, one on each side of the screen, surrounding the screen on the edges of the frame. The result is a contactless user interaction touch screen device with ability to handle multiple interactions, simultaneously.

The company has previously demonstrated its multitouch 22-inch LCD display at Computex to support Windows 7 Multitouch features. Latest development of similar device is said to have improved and readied for the consumer market, "the Albatron OTM has since been fine-tuned with improved technology to bolster performance and prepare it for the consumer market."

The first batch of Albratron's Optical Touch Monitors will have a Full HD resolution 21-inch screen with 120 points/second refresh rates. Connectivity includes DVI, VGA and a USB 2.0 connector used to communication user interaction to the PC. It will support only XP and Vista at the moment. No pricing information has yet announced.


Lists of Albratron's Optical Touch Monitor (OTM) compares to a much-traditional touch screen devices.

  • The OTM requires no recalibration as opposed to traditional touch monitors that typically require recalibration after extended use.
  • OTM is more cost effective. When manufacturing larger and larger traditional touch screens, there is a proportional increase in the cost of "sensing" material, since the technology is embedded into the screen . As mentioned, there is no "sensing" material in an OTM screen itself, so increasing the size of the monitor does not result in a proportional increase in the cost of "sensing" material (there is only a marginal increase in general costs due to materials needed for producing a larger product).
  • OTM monitors are more durable. In a traditional touch monitor, wear and tear from tapping, prodding, scraping, dragging can damage the "sensing" material on the screen. Since the "sensing" material is not embedded into the screen on an OTM, it is impossible to damage the "sensing" capabilities through normal use.
  • OTM has multi-touch capabilities (manipulating the screen with more than one finger). Traditional touch panels are incapable of multi-touch capabilities.
  • OTM can grow to unlimited size. Because of the simple structure of OTM technology, these monitors can theoretically be built as large as you need. Traditional touch monitors, however, are limited to 15" or less.
  • OTM display is more brilliant than traditional touch monitors because the screen itself is not obstructed with embedded sensing hardware.