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Capacitive touch sensing: signal and image processing algorithms
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Paper Abstract

Capacitive touch sensors have been in use for many years, and recently gained center stage with the ubiquitous use in smart-phones. In this work we will analyze the most common method of projected capacitive sensing, that of absolute capacitive sensing, together with the most common sensing pattern, that of diamond-shaped sensors. After a brief introduction to the problem, and the reasons behind its popularity, we will formulate the problem as a reconstruction from projections. We derive analytic solutions for two simple cases: circular finger on a wire grid, and square finger on a square grid. The solutions give insight into the ambiguities of finding finger location from sensor readings. The main contribution of our paper is the discussion of interpolation algorithms including simple linear interpolation , curve fitting (parabolic and Gaussian), filtering, general look-up-table, and combinations thereof. We conclude with observations on the limits of the present algorithmic methods, and point to possible future research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7873, Computational Imaging IX, 78730H (7 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876714
Show Author Affiliations
Zachi Baharav, Corning Inc. (United States)
Ramakrishna Kakarala, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7873:
Computational Imaging IX
Charles A. Bouman; Ilya Pollak; Patrick J. Wolfe, Editor(s)

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