Consumer expectations for new high-end interfaces are pushing point-of-transaction device manufacturers to integrate intelligence and design together, and at reasonable cost. One of the most sought-after interface technologies are touch screens. From the checkout lines at your favorite grocery to your next-generation smart phones, touch screen technology is fast becoming the de facto standard interface. Touch screens have also become more prevalent outdoor applications, such as self-service kiosks, adding another layer of complexity in product design considerations.

There are many touch technologies available, so determining which technology provides the most benefit for a particular outdoor application can be difficult and confusing. This paper offers some guidelines for selecting from the different touch technologies available and explains how touch screens can be intelligently integrated into your outdoor product’s display and interface solution.