I just returned from the Vehicle Display 2016 Conference, at Livonia, Michigan. It’s a very successful conference with over 300 attendees. This is my 4th time to speak at this conference. It’s my honor to meet some of you in person.
Continental AG’s VP of Instrumentation and Driver HMI, Ms. Jennifer Wahnschaff, gave a keynote titled “The road ahead: What do future consumers want”.
Figure: Continental’s Ms. Jennifer Wahnschaff keynote at Vehicle Display 2016 conference
This conference is well mixed of market analysis, and automotive engineers’ paper of how to improve sunlight readability, reduce glare, improve optical performance for automotive, and discussions of Head-up display (HUD) for automotive.
Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove from Touch Display Research presenting
Photo credit: Mr. Jones at FlexEnable.
This year’s conference also have the record high number of exhibitors. More analysis and review of the Vehicle Display 2016 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” October monthly report.
I’m a believer in simultaneous finger and pen touch. See my blog from January: “Microsoft’s Jeff Han keynote at the SID Bay Area Display and Touch Technology of the Future conference.”
Today I had the chance to meet N-trig, one of the leading suppliers of active pen technology, DuoSense. Gary Baum, the AVP of product marketing at N-trig showed me dozens of pens and demonstrated the palm rejection and hover features of their technology.
Figure: N-trig’s pen and touch on Fujitsu’s hybrid notebook tablet PC
Source: N-trig, photo by Jennifer Colegrove
Several companies have announced plans to supply active pens. I asked Gary what he thinks about the competitors. Gary smiled and said, “It took Wacom over twenty years to get the pen right. And it took us over ten years to have the best pen. I don’t think other competitors can catch up so fast, it’ll take them at least three, four, or five generations of pens to get it right. On the other hand, it’s a good thing to see more competitors, since it means the market is demanding a pen.”
What new products will N-trig release in the next few months? How much funding has N-trig received? Who are the other competitors in the active pen industry and what are their roadmaps? What are the critical characteristics of the best user experience with pens? What’s the market forecast for active pen technology? A detailed analysis can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report.