When casino operators from Connecticut to California needed an after-market technology
solution to help create renewed player interest and promote increased usage for
their legacy video slot games, 3M Touch Systems’ new “tactile feedback” touch system
offered them the enhancement they were looking for. Known as the MicroTouch™ Capacitive
TouchSense® System (MCT System), this next-generation touch interface incorporates
tactile feedback technology to give on-screen game buttons the sensation of pressing
traditional mechanical buttons. Now players can see, hear and actually “feel” the
on-screen button selections of their favorite games. And, as casino operators upgrade
legacy games and game developers incorporate the tactile experience into their new
game designs, slot players should experience a whole new dimension of play.
Since the MCT System can be implemented in two different ways, as either part of
the original, direct-from-the-manufacturer gaming machine or as an after-market
retrofit to existing video slot machines, casino operators are taking the initiative
to upgrade games in designated areas on their slot floor. Over the next few months,
these enhanced games should provide casinos with the key player feedback and usage
patterns needed to expand the MCT System upgrade throughout the slot floor.
One factor helping speed game conversions is that casino operators have found the
upgrade process relatively easy. By working with their preferred display integrators,
casinos can incorporate the MCT System into their planned CRT-to-LCD upgrades or
can add tactile-feedback components to existing LCDs. Then, once tactile-feedback
zones are created to correspond with existing on-screen touch buttons, players can
experience tactile feedback with their favorite games.
Contributing to the notion that tactile feedback could be the “next big thing” in
slot gaming technology, the MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System was recently
awarded finalist honors in Casino Journal’s “Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology
Products of 2007” and Casino Enterprise Management Magazine’s “Top Ten Slot Floor
Products for 2008”.
“Since the MicroTouch ClearTek product has been a gaming touch interface standard
for the past 15 years, 3M is in a unique position to implement this next-generation
touch interface,” said Scott Hagermoser, gaming business unit manager, 3M Touch
Systems. “By working with both casino operators and game manufacturers, 3M can implement
tactile feedback into existing slot games, as well as future slot games.”
Interested casino operators and game manufacturers can “feel” the MCT System tactile-feedback
technology at the following venues over the next few months or contact 3M for an
About the MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System (MCT System)
- SID Display Week 2008, Los Angeles, CA, May 20-22
- Gaming Technology Summit 2008, Henderson, NV, May 21-22
- G2E Asia 2008, Macao SAR, China, June 4-5
The MCT System combines a MicroTouch ClearTek II capacitive touch sensor and an
enhanced MicroTouch EX II controller with tactile-feedback technology licensed from
Immersion Corporation. The MCT System creates on-screen tactile feedback for game
players by calculating the touch coordinates, which are passed to the gaming application
on the CPU and then to the TouchSense Effects Library. The assigned tactile effect
is passed back through the EX II controller to activate multiple actuators mounted
to the touch screen to create the specified tactile sensation that the player “feels.”
The elapsed time from the initiated touch to receipt of tactile response is virtually
undetectable by users.
About Immersion Corporation
Founded in 1993, Immersion Corporation (www.immersion.com) is a recognized leader
in developing, licensing, and marketing digital touch technology and products. Using
Immersion’s advanced touch feedback technology, electronic user interfaces can be
made more productive, compelling, entertaining, or safer. Immersion’s technology
is deployed across automotive, entertainment, industrial controls, medical training,
mobility, and three-dimensional simulation markets. Immersion’s patent portfolio
includes over 700 issued or pending patents in the U.S. and other countries.
3M, MicroTouch, and ClearTek are trademarks of 3M Company
Immersion and TouchSense are trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the U.S. and
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About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.
3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and reports
through the 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, TX.
3M Touch Systems provides fast, reliable and accurate touch products to customers
worldwide under the "MicroTouch" brand. Popular interactive applications include
casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, mobile
handheld, and interactive digital signage. For more information visit www.3M.com/touch01.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative
products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more
than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of
customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 79,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, including the latest
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