Vehicle electrification is increasing – and correspondingly the extent of touch panel usage for the operation of automotive cockpit applications. Screen sizes have grown excessively – either as pillar to pillar architecture or as seamlessly designed massive center console displays.
That, however, means that displays are getting ever larger – and thus more complicated to be operated only via touch input. This can be significantly improved by incorporating “hybrid” input devices allowing an intelligent capacitive and mechanical operation.
The Magic Knob™ as a capacitive rotary encoder containing mechanical rotation & push functionality that can be placed everywhere on the touch area in order to bridge the gap between touch and mechanical haptics.
Looking back at Panasonic’s former “Magic Knob™”, it required a dedicated unique pattern on the touch sensor which is no longer necessary. This has been a constructive prerequisite that caused some design and touch handling limitations.
Being mounted directly on the touch panel, the MPMK enables an easy integration of touch panel and HVAC operating devices – which has conventionally been placed separately from the CID.
And, outstandingly, under special circumstances: the unit can be reliably operated with gloves!
Why capacitive knobs? Learn more about them on our dedicated webpage.