FlatFrog Laboratories AB, the Swedish developer of world leading multi-touch technology, announced today the commercial availability of its first product, the FlatFrog Multitouch 3200. The product, a 32” high-end multi-touch screen – primarily designed for the professional market, with early markets also including high end residential customers – is available throughout Europe through Maverick, Europe’s largest audio visual distributor, part of Tech Data.
“To have our first multi-touch product available in volume and ready to ship to customers through a great distribution network, is indeed a milestone for the company”, says CEO Christer Fåhreaus. “It has taken several years of arduous research and development to get to this point of commercial availability of our unique opto-electronic touch technology, and demonstrates that the technology is manufacturable in volume.”
Last month, FlatFrog announced a €20 million investment by Intel Capital and other investors, with the objective to bring the company’s unique Planar Scatter Detection (PSD) multi-touch technology to the consumer electronics market, in particular next generation Ultrabooks.
The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 can be ordered with several accessories, for flush integration into an existing table or retail environment, or with an industrial design casing for mounting on the wall, or as table in either bar or sofa height.
FlatFrog sees retail, hospitality and events & exhibitions as the initial core industries for its multi-touch LCD display. But the advantages of the FlatFrog technology, such as responsiveness, superior accuracy and unparalleled optical clarity, are also generating interest from the high-end residential market.
The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 uses an advanced optical in-glass multi-touch technology (PSD) developed and patented by FlatFrog Laboratories. Light is injected inside the top glass pane and scatters wherever the top surface is touched. This scattering effect is detected, and positions of several simultaneous touches are determined. The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 is able to track 40 simultaneous touches at sub pixel accuracy, far beyond the capabilities of most competing solutions. Unlike some other touch technologies, the FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 can also be used with gloves and pens.
The FlatFrog Multitouch 3200, which is fully compatible with Windows 7 and the upcoming multi-touch enabled Windows 8, as well as Mac OS X, is distributed throughout Europe by Maverick in the UK. The product can now be ordered from stock and shipped within 48 hours anywhere in Europe. Distribution in the US and Asia is planned for the Autumn 2012.
Jon Sidwick, Maverick’s European Director commented “we see Multi-touch as a really strong opportunity offering the highest levels of performance making it ideal for integration into a wide range of projects where quality, performance and accuracy are essential. The 3200 extends our range of collaborative products adding a superb complementary solution.”
The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for a FlatFrog Multitouch 3200 is 5995 USD.
For additional information, please visit http://www.flatfrog.com or contact
cf [at] flatfrog.com
Director Sales & Marketing
cj [at] flatfrog.com
+46 707 381 384
Maverick European Marketing Manager
kate.moores [at] tdmaverick.co.uk
+44 7825 386 820
About FlatFrog Laboratories AB
FlatFrog Laboratories AB is based in Lund, Sweden, in the technologically expansive Öresund region. It was co-founded in 2007 by optics expert Ola Wassvik and entrepreneur Christer Fåhraeus, now Chairman. FlatFrog develops advanced electronic hardware, revolutionizing the touch industry with its patented optical in-glass PSD technology providing true multi-touch systems that allow a superior user experience. FlatFrog offers a uniquely smooth and precise touch control technology with 40 simultaneous touch points suitable for screen formats ranging from 5” to 100”+. The slim form factor favors easy mounting in any environment. Applications, developed by a multitude of VAR partners, include multi-touch tabletops, digital signage, interactive whiteboards, point-of-sale, gaming and medical displays, also consumer electronics, all kinds of computers and mobiles. FlatFrog investors include Invus, Sunstone Capital, Intel Capital, Promethean and Fårö Capital.
Maverick is the specialist audiovisual division of Computer2000 in the UK. Computer 2000 is the UK and Ireland operation of Tech Data Europe. Through its collection of specialist business units, which include Azlan, Maverick, Brightstar and Datech, it provides resellers with a unique combination of focused expertise in key areas of the market and unrivalled stock-holding, logistics, and financial services. Tech Data Corporation is one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 125,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. Tech Data generated $26.5 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012, and is ranked 109th on the Fortune 500®. To learn more, visit www.techdata.com.
Source: FlatFrog Laboratories