株式会社インターメディア研究所

Multi-Touch Card®

Even though it is just a card … images and sounds pop out!

With a Multi-Touch Card, you can display the content you want to see by simply pinching one of the corresponding icons (up to three kinds of contents or images of application operation instructions) printed near the edge of the card with your fingers and tapping the card onto a smartphone.

Description of How to Use a Multi-Touch Card

①By reading the QR code on the card with a smartphone, a browser pops open and a touch screen is displayed.

②Among the three icons printed near the edge of the card, pinch the icon that corresponds to “what you want to see” or “what you want to do” with your fingers

③By tapping the card pinched with your fingers onto a smartphone, you can view the content or you can carry out an operation of the application corresponding to the pinched

* In the case of a pay content or authentication/settlement, by entering the PIN code printed on the card or sent by SMS, a special content can be displayed or an authentication/settlement can be accomplished.

Multi-Touch Card Technology

In conjunction with the human body through which electricity can flow, a sheet printed with an electrical circuit connected to multiple electrodes is embedded.

The smartphone detects the electrode arrangement pattern and decodes it into a “Capacitance Code.” This is a unique technology where by changing the position pitched by the fingers, the “Capacitance Code” changes and a corresponding different content is displayed.

Although there are a few devices, mostly stamp-type devices, in distribution that utilize electrostatic capacitance, the accurate recognition of the electrode arrangement pattern has been an issue.

After approximately three years of research, we have developed an electrical circuit that accurately detects electrode arrangement patterns with almost no misrecognition, and have implemented it in the Multi-Touch Card.

Confirmation of recognition accuracy has been carried out on about 400 smartphones distributed in Japan from the time the research was initiated up to now.

Practical Examples of the Multi-Touch Card

The more that is manufactured, the lower the price per card becomes.Companies and organizations have used the card for the promotion of events and facilities, and it has been used in the fields of sports, tourism and education. Another example is as personal business cards with icons that are linked to personal histories and YouTube videos.

Example 1

“Waterworks Caravan Expedition Team Membership Card,” by the Bureau of Waterworks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.Distributed as a membership card to participants of the “Waterworks Caravan” an event for elementary school students hosted by the Bureau of Waterworks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. In the past, commemorative gifts were distributed to the participants, but by distributing this card, it is now possible to send out post-visit information.

Example 2

“Izu Hakone Railway 1-Day Unlimited Ride Ticket”

In collaboration with the animation “Handsome Guys High School Earth Defense Club HAPPY KISS!” unique tickets were sold not only for the fans but also for the general public. Six kinds of cards with different designs for each character were issued so as to make them collectibles. They were adopted for the purpose of public relations and to improve customer satisfaction.