Touch International CTO to Speak at Display Week 2014

Interactive Seminar Discussing Issues, Insights, and Interactions with Touch HMI

Austin, TX – May 21, 2014 – Joining representatives from Apple, Qualcomm, LYTRO, and several research universities, touch screen manufacturer, Touch International, announced today that Chief Technology Officer, Gary L. Barrett, will be speaking at Display Week 2014. He will be teaming up with well-known touch expert and Senior Touch Technologist at Intel, Geoff Walker, to discuss issues, insights, and interactions on touch human machine interfaces. The global conference will be held in San Diego, California on June 2-5.

The two industry veterans will be presenting analysis and insights in an interactive session that explores the state-of-the-art in projected capacitive touch. “We welcome everyone to come and share their startling visions for the future of touch,” said Barrett.

Topics may include:

  • Touch International, CTO, Gary BarretThe touch user-experience (UX) – what can be done to make touch “just work”?
  • Touch performance – what factors determine touch performance today?
  • The effect of ITO-replacement materials – are they actually having an effect on the market? Where?
  • Pressure-sensing vs. hover in p-cap – Apple’s new pressure-sensing patent app; what can you do with hover?
  • Stylus – active vs. passive; will ANY stylus ever become mainstream or are fingers good enough?
  • Touchscreen coatings – when will AR and AF become mainstream?
  • Touchscreen protection – will plastic take over from glass?
  • Touch middleware – what is it, and why is it important? For which OS?
  • Commercial touch applications – what vertical markets are going to be most affected by p-cap?
  • The future of large-format touch – is the market going to shrink (e.g., digital signage & smartphones = less touch)?
  • Flexible touchscreens on flexible displays – why aren’t there any yet?
  • The co-existence of multiple forms of HMI – are they all going to be complementary?
  • The future of embedded touch – will it ever be the dominant form of touch?
  • What’s after p-cap – what are the unmet needs that can never be met?

The presenters won’t always agree on all these topics, but their insights and interaction will be interesting, educational, and thought provoking. “The really fun part of this Monday Seminar is going to be the unscripted debate between two touch experts on some of the listed topics. This is something that is best seen live, so be sure not to miss it!” said Walker.

The discussion will be the first of 16 seminars on Monday covering topics including Oxide TFTs and OLEDs, High-Performance LCDs, Quantum-Dot Technology, Nano-Technology, Advanced Display Applications and more. For more information and an overview of Monday’s seminar agenda, visit

About Gary L. Barrett
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Touch International. Founded the company in 2002. He holds five key patents related to resistive and capacitive touch technologies and has served as a touch development consultant to companies around the world. Barrett founded three other touch development companies, which he later sold; AMP (now Elo TouchSystems) acquired his first company, Gunze the second, and 3M Touch Systems (formerly MicroTouch) acquired his third.

About Geoff Walker
Geoff Walker is currently the Senior Touch Technologist at Intel, where he helps formulate and drive cross-Intel strategy on touch-related technology and product development. Previously Geoff served as Marketing Evangelist & Touch-Industry Guru at NextWindow, Global Director of Product Management and Business Development at Elo Touch Solutions, Owner and Principal Consultant at Walker Mobile, Director of Engineering Program Management at Handspring, and Product Architect & Vice President of Marketing at Fujitsu Personal Systems. Geoff holds BS-Electrical Engineering and BS-English degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and is a member of SID, IEEE and ACM.

About Display Week
Display Week is the premier worldwide event showcasing advances in electronic display technology. Electronic displays by themselves make up a 100 billion dollar industry, and more importantly serve as the manner in which a majority of consumer electronics differentiate themselves. The Display Week Exhibition provides a venue where display technology and product providers can meet with the engineers, designers, and business development decision makers driving the integration of new display technology into products.

About Touch International
Touch International, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. TI has become a world leader in touchscreen, EMI filter, and enhanced display technology. The company, who’s Engineering and Design facility and Corporate Office is located in Austin, Texas, operates 3 manufacturing facilities in Asia.

Touch International Hires New Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Jim TempletonAustin, TX – May 1, 2014 – Touch International, a leader in high-performance touch screen technology, today announced the addition of Jim Templeton as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Jim will lead efforts to streamline the company’s worldwide manufacturing operations.

A technology industry veteran for over 20 years, Jim brings a wealth of Marketing, Design, Manufacturing and Business Management expertise to Touch International. He has held leadership positions in both large and small companies including Maxim Integrated, Silicon Laboratories, Motorola and Analog Devices.

Jim holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and has authored seven issued and several pending US Patents.

“Jim brings a sharp eye for efficiency and strategy. His leadership will enhance our performance to high-reliability customized products we make for medical, aerospace and automotive markets. As the largest customized iPhone and iPad type projected capacitive touchscreen manufacturer in America, our customers demand world-class performance. Jim is capable of ensuring we meet and exceed market demand” said Michael Woolstrum, CEO and co-founder.

About Touch International
Touch International, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. TI has become a world leader in touchscreen, EMI filter, and enhanced display technology. The company, who’s Engineering and Design facility and Corporate Office is located in Austin, Texas, operates 3 manufacturing facilities in Asia.

Touch International Unveils Highly Advanced Projected Capacitive Touch Technology

Exclusive PCAP Plus™ technology combines the many benefits of projected capacitive touch technology with multi-input in a package that complies with military and aerospace EMI requirements.

Projected Capacitive Touch TechnologyAustin, TX – March 10, 2014 – Specialty touch screen and display manufacturer, Touch International confirmed today the release of a new touch sensing technology that overcomes the boundaries of current projected capacitive (p-cap) offerings. PCAP Plus technology features multi-touch with gestures and works with fingers, heavy gloves, or any other input devices. Additionally, the sensor is designed with a unique construction that performs in compliance with military, aerospace, and medical EMI/RFI requirements yet maintains excellent optics.

“Our experience in the high reliability markets has shown a clear chasm between resistive and projected capacitive touch technology features and limitations,” says Michael Woolstrum, CEO. “With PCAP Plus we’ve not only bridged the gap, but have also provided the added bonus of EMI/RFI performance. From the battlefield and the cockpit to the operating room, this changes everything.”

Touch International’s team of engineers at the Austin, TX R&D center started with their latest p-cap sensor designs and ultra-thin controllers. Using an extensive library of proven components and advanced tuning of the controller, they developed a conductive upper displacement plate. The plate gives the sensor multi-input properties and EMI performance without compromising optical clarity or multi-touch abilities. The company also ensured the sensor can be built using the myriad of substrates and transparent conductors the market has to offer.

PCAP Plus is immune to on-screen contaminants, extreme temperatures, and even works when submerged in water. While the company has developed traditional p-cap sensors that have immunity to water mist, p-cap remains unable to maintain full functionality with coalesced water or while submerged. Easy to use, PCAP Plus requires only light pressure to activate and is precise and highly responsive. PCAP Plus doesn’t require recalibration and is maintenance free.

One of the most common problems implementing projected capacitive touch technology is the electromagnetic interference or susceptibility. Independent lab tests on TI’s PCAP Plus show all sensors tested pass EMI/RFI compliance for MIL-STD-461F, DO-160E, and CISPR25. This enables military, aerospace, transportation, and medical designers or manufacturers tackle EMI/RFI compliance and regulation issues easily at the component level.

“Since projected capacitive exploded on the market in 2007 with the iPhone, you haven’t really seen a ‘next big thing’ in touch,” says Shaun Detmer, Marketing Director. “The mission critical markets have been, in many applications, stuck with outdated resistive technology. Those days are over.”

All PCAP Plus touch sensors are Windows 7/8 compatible and can be customized to work with any enclosure, bezel, and display. Sensors are available with I2C or plug-n-play USB connectivity. Current designs can be scaled up to 12 inches and will be available up to 24 inches in Q2 2014. Demo kits are available built to order and can feature add-ons such as sunlight readable displays and optical bonding.

About Touch International
Touch International is the leading manufacturer of specialty touch screens and display enhancement windows, and is the largest touch manufacturer in North America. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. The company is world-renowned for its expertise in optically clear touch panels, EMI filter technologies, and custom touch screen designs for military, aerospace, medical, transportation and retail applications. Touch International was first to produce the iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screen for business applications, and also builds resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, display windows, anti-reflective and anti-vandal filters.