3M Empowers Android Developers to Create Multi-Touch Applications for Large-Format Devices

  3M Empowers Android Developers to Create Multi-Touch Applications for
  Large-Format Devices

    Android Kernel Patches for 3M High-performance Multi-touch Systems and
                          Displays are Now Available

Business Wire

METHUEN, Mass. -- March 26, 2014

As the Android operating system expands as a preferred programming platform
for smartphone and tablet-based applications, Android developers are seeking
to push the boundaries of this open source platform. Now, with 3M’s release of
Android kernel patches for its multi-touch display and systems products,
Android developers have the ability to scale their applications for display
sizes up to 46 inches, and more importantly, create new multi-user,
collaborative applications based on the flexibility and familiarity of the
Android operating system. Android multi-touch kernel patches for Android 4.0
(Ice Cream Sandwich), 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean) and 4.4 (KitKat) are now available
at the “Driver and Kernel Support” link on www.3m.com/multitouch.

“High-performance, multi-touch Android applications are key to expanding the
reach of 3M multi-touch systems and displays,” says Diego Romeu, global
business unit manager, 3M Electronic Solutions Division.“We are excited and
looking forward to seeing the next generation of Android-based applications
that take advantage of our large-format multi-touch displays and systems.”

To help enable Android developers to tap the power of 3M’s high-performance
multi-touch technology – for display sizes ranging from 15 to 46 inches – 3M
has created kernel patches for popular Android OS versions that will allow
software designers to communicate directly with 3M’s industry-leading
multi-touch electronics. By communicating directly to the touchscreen
controller, Android applications can benefit from the ultra-fast touch
response and the high touch threshold inherent in 3M’s projected capacitive
technology, which is capable of up to 60 simultaneous touches.

In addition, 3M has released a series of Linux kernel patches for developers
interested in creating high-performance multi-touch applications with 3M
multi-touch systems or displays. Linux multi-touch kernel patches for Linux
3.0.1, 3.0.31, 3.4.1 and 3.4.10 are available at the Driver Support link on

More information about 3M Multi-Touch Systems (ranging from 15 to 47 inches)
and 3M Multi-Touch Displays (ranging from 18.5 to 46 inches) can be found at

About 3M Electronics Division and 3M Touch Systems Inc.
The 3M Electronic Solutions Division offers innovative solutions to the global
electronics market, such as touch systems and multi-touch displays; static
control products; copper interconnect systems; cables and cable assemblies;
carrier and cover tapes and trays; flexible circuits; and embedded capacitor
materials. Information about 3M electronics offerings is available at

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Electronic
Solutions Division, provides innovative touchscreen systems and display
solutions to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. 3M touch
products are commonly used for single-touch and multi-touch applications that
include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive
digital signage, healthcare, exhibits, retail point of sale and self-service.
Information about 3M touch solutions is available at www.3M.com/touch.
Information about 3M Company is available at www.3M.com/about.

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Linux is a trademark of Linux Foundation.

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