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Gateshead-based Zytronic reinvents video gaming

GATESHEAD-based touchscreen experts Zytronic have created a new gaming concept for casinos and bars, which features ‘floating’ components using electrically conductive glass.

The ElectroglaZ machines comprise a single, upright sheet of laminated glass, which acts as a wire, transferring power through contact alone, creating the effect that devices are freely ‘floating’ within an optically clear panel.

The concept was recently exhibited at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, the largest global casino gaming trade event.

To create the screens, Zytronic laminated together two layers of transparent, electrically conductive glass. Electricity flows into the glass via a hidden connection around its perimeter, through the conductive glass’ lamination, and out to the touchscreen and other devices.

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Zytronic primarily develops and manufactures highly reliable projected capacitive touch screens for use self-service and industrial applications. With over 20 years’ experience, the company also provides highly customised touchscreens used by many of the world’s leading slot machine manufacturers.

Dr Andrew Morrison, Technical Director at Zytronic said: “Gaming is among the world’s most rapidly evolving markets, where players and product developers alike are always looking to try out innovative and futuristic new technology. Using wireless power transfer, Zytronic are revolutionising the look and feel of traditional gaming machines to enhance the gaming experience.

“The ElectroglaZ concept unit we’ve created represents one possible configuration of the technology. Devices such as speakers, sensors, cameras and microphones can be seamlessly incorporated and data transferred by Wi-Fi modules powered via the glass, to create a truly transparent and immersive gaming experience without the visual distraction of ugly power cables.”

Zytronic also works with Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, to process other products including Pilkington Optiwhite for use in its touchscreen products.


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