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IGE PREVIEW
Products based on MCT
System from 3M
introduced at IGE 2009
Experience the next generation in touch screen at the International Gaming
Expo 2009 on 3M’s stand, 3570…
C
asino operators seeking new slot games coordinated with events on screen, as well as
optimised with complex tactile feedback graphical and audio effects, to draw players more
features, or ways to retrofit tactile closely into the game.
feedback into their popular legacy video The MCT System consists of an enhanced ClearTek
machines, will experience the next II touch sensor, a hybrid EX II touch and tactile
generation touch screen interface at the feedback controller, and two or more screen actuators
International Gaming Expo (IGE) 2009 in London. (depending on screen size). Touch coordinates are first
The first products based on the revolutionary calculated by the controller, then passed to the gaming
MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense (MCT) System application on the CPU, which links to the TouchSense
from diversified technology company 3M (Stand Effects Library. Gaming software applications assigned
3570) will be introduced by international display and tactile effect selections are returned to the controller
system solutions integrator Data Modul (Stand 3566). firmware to activate. Those selections that vibrate and
MCT-based products are also available through key create a specified tactile sensation are passed to the
North American integrators including Ceronix Inc., actuators mounted to the touch screen. The elapsed
Effinet Systems Inc., Kortek Corporation, Kristel time from the touch to receive the tactile response is
Displays, Tatung Co. Ltd, and Wells Garder virtually undetectable and players actually feel like they
Electronics Corp. are depressing mechanical buttons.
Casino operators can now work closely with their
preferred integrator to develop custom displays Reliable operation on demanding
ranging from 6.4” to 32” (4:3, 16:9, 16:10) according slot floors
to their specifications. As the MCT System can be A key advantage of the enhanced ClearTek II touch
implemented either as part of the original, direct- screen integrated in the MCT System is that it is
from-the-manufacturer gaming machine or as an genuinely free of moving parts, making it inherently
after-market retrofit to existing video slot machines, more reliable. It has one layer or a grid of very thin
many casino operators are taking the initiative to conductive strips, allowing more light to pass through.
upgrade games in designated zones on the slot floor. Its hard-coating protects the conductive layer from
Once these zones are created to correspond with wear and tear caused by contaminants, abrasion and
existing on-screen touch buttons, players can continuous touches to the same spot on the screen.
experience tactile feedback with their favourite This is extremely important for casino slot machines
games. Over the coming months, these enhanced where reliable touch performance is required 24/7,
games should provide casinos with the key player and reduces the costs associated with maintenance
feedback and usage patterns needed to expand the and recalibration.
MCT System throughout the entire slot floor. In addition, ClearTek II touch screens provide a
fine balance between optimal brightness and
Award winning gaming interface minimum distracting glare by applying a light anti-
Since its first introduction to the UK market at ICE glare coating to the sensor, while providing 91.5%
2007, the MCT System has received various casino light transmission.
gaming industry awards for its ability to convey truly ClearTek II screens have been a gaming touch
interactive touch by synchronising audio, visual and interface standard for 15 years and 3M is uniquely
tactile feedback for a whole new dimension of player positioned to implement the MCT System as the next-
enjoyment. Touch sensations range from simple clicks gen gaming touch interface. Casino operators and
and variations in resistance, simulating the behaviour game manufacturers can visit both the 3M and Data
of a mechanical switch, to communicating dynamic Modul stands at IGE for a demonstration.
effects such as pulses or vibrations. These can be For more information, visit www.3M.co.uk/touch
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