With a wide array of electronics design solutions like films for display light management, advanced large-format touchscreen technology for more interactive experiences, and advanced bonding solutions for greater device durability, 3M helps enable electronics designers to meet the demands of consumers.
Ever feel like someone is reading over your shoulder on the train or in a coffee shop? They may be doing more than glancing; they may be visually hacking. Visual hacking is the act of collecting confidential information by looking at someone’s screen. The increasing mobility of consumer devices means screens are everywhere - from smartphones and tablets to the new touchscreen laptops which have quadrupled in sales from 2012-2014.
To help users of new touchscreen devices protect sensitive information from visual hacking and enjoy the viewing experience that comes with new, high-resolution designs, 3M has developed its newest and thinnest black privacy filter.
3M Privacy Products allow anyone viewing a screen from a side angle to see a dark, blank screen while the user still sees a clear image due to a proprietary micro-louver technology from 3M.
Also on display at CES 2016, 3M Touch Systems is previewing its new line of projected capacitive (PCAP) multi-touch systems with proprietary ultrafine metal mesh conductor design. The specially designed ultrafine mesh conductor is just 3 microns wide, allowing for a more optically pleasing, vibrant viewing experience when integrated into a display.
The result is a sensor designed to work universally on 2K and 4K applications across a range of sizes, including planar (curved) screens, while maintaining high image quality and touch responsiveness. Additionally, this technology minimizes moiré and sparkle – which are known problems in other PCAP systems – and offers equipment manufacturers and display integrators a more durable, scalable and easy-to-integrate, multi-touch system that can be customized to meet customer-specific applications. The new systems are for displays ranging in size from 15 to 65 inches and are designed for a broad range of commercial display applications, including digital signage, industrial shop floor and casino gaming. 3M anticipates it will unveil its full line of new systems in Q1 of 2016.
3M also is showing its light optimization display films that advance the performance of consumer electronic devices and improve user interaction with automotive displays. As automotive displays follow the consumer electronics trend of increasing in size and capability, stray light from those displays, as well as from instrumentation, can create reflections on the windows or side glass. The 3M Advanced Light Control Film booth demo shows how display films can help manage light distribution and reflections from glass surfaces in an automotive interior to help minimize driver distraction and enable a more open and aesthetically pleasing design.
To help make devices more durable, 3M’s liquid adhesives can now be applied as a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) to a variety of substrates. The rapid-bond, high-strength polyurethane (PUR) adhesive can be laminated once it is dried.
Providing additional device protection, 3M Novec Electronic Grade Coatings are designed to help provide moisture and corrosion protection for electronic components, as well as easy-to-clean properties and smudge resistance for device displays.