All posts by Eric Fischer

Automotive Touchscreen Deliveries Rise

 

Embedded Touchscreen Technology is appearing everywhere these days, from factory floors to fast food drink dispensers. And with reduced costs and increased availability, the trend shows no signs of stopping. Embedded touchscreen computers provide for more advanced, intuitive device controls and human-machine interfaces, while costing less and requiring less manufacturing time and materials than traditional physical buttons and switches.

No field is making better, more consistent use of embedded touchscreen technology than the automotive and vehicle fields. Embedded entertainment centers, climate consoles, navigation and GPS units, and even complete vehicle control centers are growing rapidly. According to a study from IHS Markit, touchscreen computer deliveries to automotive parts suppliers are expected to grow more than 11% in 2017 from 2016, the largest 1 year growth ever seen in the industry.
Automotive Vehicle Touchscreen TechnologyTouchscreen technology in vehicles is also slowly becoming more advanced, as screens slowly move away from slightly more restrictive resistive (physical contact) touchscreens and towards capacitive (electrical potential) screens. Capacitive screens generally support more touch points, and work when wet, or with some coverings, like gloves. This indicates that the software and functions being performed by embedded vehicle touchscreens are becoming more advanced.

Estone Tech is a long time leader in embedded touchscreen and embedded vehicle computer technology. Since 2008, we’ve been providing OEM/ODM embedded computers to a variety of road and leisure vehicle manufacturers, for all purposes. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you.

The Positives & Negatives of Multipoint Touchscreen Tablets

Military-Technologies.net reports on the trends influencing the growth of multi-point touchscreens over the next several years. Estone Tech industrial tablets, healthcare tablets, and smartpanel PCs include the very latest in multi-point touchscreen technology. Capacitive touchscreens work wet or dry, with or without gloves, supporting up to 10 points of contact. But cost of materials and a lower volume of apps that support multi-point touch may continue to slow the industry for a few years yet.

Multipoint Touchscreen Tablet PCs

Within the next few years, the market for apps is expected to catch up, while new technologies for electrically conductive, capacitive touchscreens, like graphene layered glass, will bring down costs and make supply concerns irrelevant. Estone Tech will continue to be a leader in rugged tablet PCs that provide the ease and adaptability of multi-point touchscreens for any industry.

Loss Prevention Tech & Tablets Highlight NRF Protect 2017

National Retail Federation NRF2017 LogoWashington, DC – As the world’s retail market continues to evolve, change, and grow more competitive, saving every dollar and gaining every advantage counts. That’s why Estone Tech is pleased to attend the National Retail Federation’s “NRF Protect” event for 2017, helping companies focus on the latest technology and strategies to reduce and prevent loss among assets, people, and brands. The 2017 NRF Protect event will take place in Washington, DC, covering 2 days from June 27th to 28th. This year’s event will take place at the spacious Gaylord National Harbor convention center.  The 2 day event will feature a wide variety of keynote speeches, breakout sessions, roundtables, and class or certification opportunities for leaders in development, shrink and fraud, technology, safety, and more. In addition to the loss prevention learning opportunities. The conference will feature a 2-day expo of services and products. The expo can even be attended free of charge. (more…)

The Rising Role of Tablets in Healthcare

Healthcare Tablet ComputerWhile computers entered most workplaces decades ago, some aspects of the medical profession have been slower to adopt. Computers made appearances in nurse’s stations, billing areas, and medical transcription as early as any industry, but it’s not until recently that they’ve started following doctors right into exam and treatment rooms. That’s because it’s not until recently that computers have been able to meet doctors needs for power, portability, sturdiness, and a quick note-and-reference usability that’s readily found in the paper files they were used to.

Finally, however, rugged tablet technology has closed that gap, and tablets now offer all the functionality doctors have needed in the office, plus dozens of other benefits that doctors have been hoping to get into their treatment rooms for some time. The shift in available technology has led to big changes. Medical offices have rapidly appropriated the technology, and have seen massive improvements in their costs and error rates. (more…)

50th Anniversary of the PIN: PIN-on-Glass & Next Steps

PIN Skimmer PIN Capture device

Today, criminal technology is stealthily capturing PIN numbers and other private data.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the commercially used PIN Number. The venerable security method got its start in the very first paper-check based bank machines beginning in 1967, ushering in an age where 24-hour access to all types of data. Unfortunately, that also meant an age where all types of data are available to anyone able to get hold of your PIN number and other identifying information. Recent advances in criminal technology have led to PIN Skimmers and other devices that, for a time, may have put the PIN number on thin ice.

Fortunately, the long, proud, history of the PIN number hasn’t run out just yet, as new devices and technology have provided ways to combat criminal activity that will be very hard or impossible to overcome. Advances such as EMV cards, also known as Chip & PIN cards, require that an encrypted, non-duplicatable card be present (more…)

Hospitality Industry to Learn About Tablets, Technology at HITEC 2017

HITEC Hospitality 2017 LogoToronto, ON – In a world with a growing service-oriented economy, Hospitality is the new touch-everything industry. Dining, Retail, Experience Economy based businesses, and of course, Hotels & Resorts; all of these business types must keep up to date on the latest in hospitality industry advances and technology. Annually, representatives of hospitality industry businesses, organizations, and vendors from more than 60 countries gather for four days of learning, networking, and fun at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference – hosted by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals organization. This year’s event, from June 26-29th, will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, in Toronto, ON. (more…)

What is Industry 4.0 – and How do Tablets fit in?

Industry 4.0 Timeline MapA term many industrial concerns are hearing more and more these days is “Industry 4.0“. Sounds vaguely ominous, doesn’t it? ‘What was Industry 3.0? How many new things do I have to learn?’ Fortunately, not nearly so much as you think – and Estone Tech is available to help with the rest.

Industry 4.0 is simply the next step in industrial evolution. The original Industrial Revolution brought powered machines like steam pumps, conveyors, and stamps into the factory. (more…)

Estone Tech Looking for Bright Growth Opportunities at Display Week Expo

Display Week Digital Touchscreens LogoLos Angeles, CA – Electronic display industry professionals worldwide will gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center this May 21st-26th for a week of learning about the current state of the industry, and the latest advances in display screen technology and tools. Among hot topics expected to be discussed are all-weather touchscreen technology, and touch screen security measures, such as Pin-On-Glass technology. Previous shows demonstrated the growth of affordable OLED technology, while this year’s show will demonstrate advancements in AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) and a discussion of the growing role of Women in the Display Technology industry. (more…)

What Factors Go Into a Military Mobile Device

The Marine Corps has announced that their new Marine Common Handheld, or MCH, the next step in their ‘Nett Warrior’ program to equip soldiers with battlefield ready technology, will be ready by 2019. The device integrates necessary military software & tools with rugged tablet devices to give US service members in the field the ability to communicate location and situation, receive critical battlefield intel, and become a more efficient fighting force. (more…)

Largest Growth Expected in Small Rugged Industrial Tablets

Small Industrial Tablet Sales Growth Infographic

Source: Estone Tech

As reported last month by Technavio technology research firm, the worldwide use of industrial tablet computers is expected to grow strongly, by more than 6% per year, over the next 5 year period. Growth is expected to be especially strong in “small size” tablets, which Technavio identifies as tablets less than 11” in size (as measured by screen size). Estone Tech’s ET, MPOS, MR, and MT product lines all offer tablets less than 11”, suited for a wide range of commercial and industrial concerns.

The report also indicated that three areas in which Estone has great expertise are expected to grow quickly – especially Industrial Tablets, Healthcare Tablets, and Transportation Tablets. These market segments require unique tools and technology from their tablet pcs, such as integrated barcode scanners for tracking inventory, NFC connectivity for security, and vibration resistance to cope with life on the road. It’s important for industrial tablet customers to consider all of their needs and requirements before selecting a tablet manufacturer.

A report on Businesswire also discusses the growth of the industrial tablet market in various world markets. The European market is the largest current tablet market, with heavy growth driven by Germany, France, and the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the middle east. Those countries are most interested in field service tablets for the petrochemical & energy industries. Meanwhile, the Americas and Asia will also see strong growth, driven by the transportation and military industries. Estone tech is pleased to offer quality tablet PCs in each of these industries.