Anglia Inception service customises displays as touchless versions

As part of the Anglia Inception custom and bespoke component design service, Anglia Components has introduced a range of customised display options, to allow designers to create their own components when off-the-shelf solutions are insufficient. One example is creating touchless user interfaces to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

David Pearson, technical director of Anglia, explains the reason for the enhancements: “We are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of displays for both consumer and industrial electronics and due to the current Covid-19 situation, we’re predicting further major change in how displays are integrated into designs”.

He elaborates: “Touchscreens, which were previously a preferred user interface technology, are now seen as a potential infection vector. Instruments need to be redesigned with a touchless interface such as voice or gesture control or using two-way communication from a control device which may be a cell phone, a tablet or dedicated unit allocated to the user,” he said.

The company has been working on medical and other designs following the government’s Covid-19 call to action. For example, user interface design needs to change as teams of operators may not be happy working close to each other and sharing touchscreens when setting up and using machinery, pointed out Pearson. Another area is medical instruments which will need to be designed to be operated at a distance from the patient wherever possible.

Anglia’s display options include custom symbols and special text fonts. These customised displays can be tailored to individual domains or applications, allowing them to meet the demands of specific industries such as high performance control panels that can be embedded into equipment and machines.

All manufacturers have been fully audited using Anglia’s selection processes. Customisation options include the addition of custom icons, characters or fonts, wide temperature range options, addition of capacitive or resistive touch panels, optical bonded glass, negative mode operation and special viewing angles. Anglia can enhance display functionality with a range of built in driver IC and connector options for data, touch screen and backlight. A range of display types are available including colour and mono TFT, graphic, character, VATN, OLED, AMOLED and electronic paper.  Designers can equip customised displays with LED backlights in white or other colours.

Custom displays offered through Anglia Inception are suitable for a wide range of applications including wearables, medical, industrial or consumer devices.

Anglia Inception includes displays, keypads, custom battery packs, custom transformers and custom heatsinks. The Inception service is delivered in the context of Anglia’s management systems, which are certified to world-class standards including ISO 9001, AS9120, ISO 14001 and ADS SC21.

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