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3M Exhibits Revolutionary Multi-Touch Technology at CeBIT 2010

Targeting software developers in digital signage, CAD-CAM, computer gaming, security monitoring systems, education and training applications.

Diversified technology company 3M will present the new true multi-touch standard to a European audience for the first time at CeBIT 2010, the world’s foremost tradeshow for the digital industry in Hannover, Germany, 2-6 March. In Hall 14, Stand K50, 3M will exhibit its 22-inch Multi-Touch LCD desktop displays designed for professional and prosumer (professional consumer) applications that need up to 10-finger touch input or multi-user interactivity with a very fast response time.

“Our aim at CeBIT is to demonstrate the enormous potential for integrating multi-touch capability in next-generation systems and user applications among the European independent software vendors and developers communities” said Francesco Fasoglio, Business Development Manager EMEA, 3M Touch Systems. “We are looking to establish new channel co-operations with total solution providers capable of delivering an enhanced value proposition to customers in new markets.”

3M’s M2256PW 22-inch desktop display supports up to 10-finger touch input and advanced gesture capability, whereas most traditional multi-touch technologies support only two-finger touch and gestures. Utilising this new technology, software developers are able to initiate a technological leap in the way users interact with all types of information and to expand traditional touch interaction to include multiple users and increase collaboration. Applications taking advantage of this high level of interactivity include computer aided design, digital signage, computer gaming, security monitoring systems, education and training, and videoconferencing.

The M2256PW display features a high-definition 1680 x 1050 LCD screen, DVI and VGA video input, audio input, USB and RS232 (serial) dual-mode communication protocol and durable, anti-glare front surface. It is compatible with Windows 7, so no third party touch drivers are required. For Linux and Windows XP/Vista/7 operating systems, 3M plans to offer a multi-touch driver and software utility, and will offer communication protocol documents for customers who wish to develop their own drivers.

3M Touch Systems provides innovative touchscreen technology products to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. Popular single touch, gesture touch and multitouch applications include casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, industrial, healthcare and interactive digital signage. For more information about MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.co.uk/touch. For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com
3M and MicroTouch are trademarks of 3M

About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and is part of the 3M Electro & Communication business, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. For more information please visit www.3M.co.uk/touch.

3M – practical and ingenious solutions that help our customers succeed

3M is a $23 billion diversified technology company which, since 1902, has been creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

3M employs some 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. It produces tens of thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets and its 45 technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life. The company has applied its expertise in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to map and locate underground utilities; it has used its understanding of the healthcare industry to develop innovations that help the early diagnosis of heart and lung conditions; and its range of pocket projectors are the ultimate presentation devices for business people on the go.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing more than 3,500 people across 17 locations, including 10 manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

Press contacts:
Paolo Pedrazzoli Beky Cann
3M Touch Systems Neesham Public Relations
Tel: 00 39 02 7035 3437 Tel: +44 (0) 1296 628180
Email: ppedrazzoli1 [at] mmm.com Email: bekyc [at] neesham.co.uk

Source: 3M