The Crystal Black Box effect seams to rise now.
High Gloss touch switched surfaces became quite common over the last few years but we can still experience the hype about it and there seems to be no peak visible. Touch switch everything no matter what. And APPLE with their multitouch is one of the leader. I don’t know if they were first but undoubtedly they do know how to merge software and hardware to a perfect user experience.
In 2005 we developed LED Tweezers together with marktunddesign. To avoid additional handling behaviours, Iexperimented wtih different sensor technologies. The result was a touch switch that produced a WOW effect that I would call the CRYSTAL BLACK BOX effect. We realized sensor field which is invisible and applicable on any even 3D shaped injection molded transparent surface. One is how we did it, but much more interestingly and what still amaze me is how people react on that effect.
If you have a common touch surface this is made on a nearly opaque material, like I-Phone. But if you pull the curtain away and you let people look through and let them see… nothing – to see there eyes as they are entering wonderland is great. And it stayed great and a piece of magic over the last years. Now I am very happy to see the LG GD 900. It seems that the crystal black box idea made it into mass production and I am keen to see how these applications and effect will be further on developed.
A quick chronic (please let me know about further applications into that or other directions):
In 2005 we (Bayer MaterialScience and marktunddesign) realised illuminated full plastic tweezers mainly made out of Makrolon(C), called EXTRACT. The magic within was and is that the light is just switched on while you touch the crystal clear thick material tweezers legs. No switch nor sensor visible, a crystal black box.
2007 the Rinspeed EXASISsupported by Bayer MaterialScience had this feature transferred into the HMI Dashboard. Electronics were done by KABA ident.
Now 2009 the breakthrough of this idea, LG launches its beautiful LG GD 900 with a Crystal Black BOX TouchPad. I am very happy to see this.
Besides to that there are several other resistive touch pad applications out there which I haven’t mentioned here. E.g. look on google for TIPPit, they produce switches on glass with (i would guess ITO). Interestingly even if they are already on market for years i can experience a trend now.GHTime Code(s):