Many tourists are not fully aware of the required cultural etiquette when visiting Japanese shrines. In this regard, a Japanese company has installed a large interactive touch screen in the shrine to provide tourists with etiquette guidance and relevant suggestions. In the sign system, a touch sensor using machine projection capacitance technology is built in. Let’s have a look!

Outdoor interactive Pavilion in Japanese shrine, data map

As we all know, Japan is a country with unique culture and tradition, which makes Japan a very popular tourist destination in the world. It is understood that at present, Japan has 23 world heritage sites, including beautiful lakes, magnificent waterfalls, dense bamboo forests and quiet temples.

It is reported that tourists from 68 countries or regions around the world can visit Japan free of visa. Therefore, the number of tourists to Japan has soared in recent years. Japan’s National Tourism Organization (JNTO) estimates that Japan received 31 million overseas tourists in 2018 alone.

With the booming tourism in many urban areas of Japan, it is becoming more and more important to provide multilingual local information through outdoor interactive kiosks. At present, hyojito, a supplier of digital signage system, is a leader in such public information and wayfinding solutions in Japan’s public transport department, and has deployed similar public information display systems in urban streets and other municipal spaces. Its road finding system “navita” is installed in more than 85 government buildings, such as urban and municipal offices, railways, bus stations, etc.

It is understood that in the system developed by the company, an unusual application is to install a large interactive touch screen in the shrine. The company said that many tourists were not fully aware of the required cultural etiquette when visiting the shrine. When developing a sign system, hyojito selected zytronic’s projection capacitance Technology (PCT and MPCT) touch sensor as the user interface of its “Jinja navita” public information display, which can provide suggestions and guidance for tourists who want to spend time in the temple.

Mr. Akihiro Yokota, manager of hyojito digital solutions, said: “we have developed a special and touchable interactive digital signage system. The high-resolution large-size touch screen can withstand the long-term use of all kinds of weather.”

It is understood that the zyfilm touch screen of zytronic has a maximum size of 85 inches and is installed behind a piece of glass. It can operate reliably and support the single or multi touch function of the display even in the worst environment. It is reported that the touch screen uses adhesive touch sensors based on 46 and 55 films.

Zytronic touch controller, figure from zytronic

It is reported that the sensor is produced in the zytronic factory in the UK. After being transported to Japan, it is loaded into a cardboard tube and then laminated to the back of locally purchased printed glass. Hyojito has selected sensors designed to work with zxy100 and zxy110 touch controllers of zytronic, depending on whether the user needs single touch or dual touch performance. Both can provide millisecond fast and accurate touch response, and support simple gesture control, such as sliding action.

It is reported that the Jinja navita system using this kind of touch sensor has been installed outside more than 20 shrine buildings in Japan. These shrines provide multilingual public information to introduce overseas tourists how to behave properly during their visit.

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