|Produced from :||Dec 2010|
|Designed by :||David Lewis|
|Finish :||Black / aluminium|
Replacing the Beo5 remote control handset - and introduced in December 2010 - the Beo6 gave touch-sensitive widescreen functionality and was provided for use in conjunction with the BeoSound 5 and BeoSound 5 Encore.
Functions which are common for several devices – like menu navigation buttons and sound – have dedicated tactile buttons within easy reach on the aluminium ball that forms the lower half of the Beo6. The two parts of the remote control complement each other to combine simplicity of operation with choice and flexibility of features.
Design over function
In use both the Beo6 and Beo5 are difficult to use, with the user often having to use both hands. With poor ergonomics - albeit with good programming facilities - both remotes could have been better thought-out than they were, especially with their possible programming possibilities via the Configuration Tool software. Beo6 uses the ‘resistive’ type of touchcreen which can be a little temperamental in comparison to iPhone’s capacitive -type.
Touch screens: differences
Capacitive touch screen technology is recommended for use in KIOSK applications that require a “finger touch”. It will not operate with either a gloved hand or with a mechanical stylus. It is made of glass, which makes it extremely durable and scratch resistant. This glass overlay has a coating that stores the charge deposited over its surface electrically. Capacitive touch screens operate using oscillator circuits that are located in each corner of the glass overlay and measure the capacitance of the area be “touched”. Depending on where the person touches the overlay, the oscillators will vary in frequency. Then a touch screen controller measures the frequency variations to ascertain the coordinates of the person’s touch. When used with flat panel displays, capacitive offers drift-free stable performance that is not susceptible to deterioration over time. A capacitive touch screen is impervious to grease, dirt and water, which makes it ideal for frequent use
Resistive touch screen technology is recommended for use in POS (Point of Sale): Grocery Stores, Hotels, Restaurants and Retail Stores; Industrial Applications: MMI (Man Machine Interface), Machine and Process Control; Portable Devices; Personal Information Management Systems; Transportation Solutions; Medical Solutions: Equipment, Instrumentation and Patient Monitoring Systems. It generally uses a display overlay composed of layers, each with a conductive coating on the interior surface. Special separator “dots” are distributed evenly across the active area and separate the conductive interior layers. The pressure from using either a mechanical stylus or finger produces an internal electrical contact at the “action point” which supplies the controller with vertical and horizontal analog voltages for data input. To reduce parallax for older “curved” CRT applications only, resistive touch screens are generally spherical to match the curvature of the CRT (true flat resistive touch overlays are also available for TFT flat panels and/or CRTs). Our resistive touch screens are anti-glare to reduce reflective shine intensity, which will slightly diffuse the light output throughout the screen. Resistive technology offers tremendous versatility in that activation can be initiated by; a gloved hand, fingernail, mechanical stylus or an ungloved finger. Resistive touch screens can be gasket sealed for NEMA 4 and NEMA 4X environments. Limitations include: Low light output, diffused resolution images and a plastic surface which can be scratched if improperly touched.