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Sunlight Readable Touch Screen for Use in Direct Sunlight

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High Brightness Sunlight Readable Touch Screen:

UICO Touchscreens Provide Crystal Clear Images even in Direct Sunlight


Outdoor environments typically have high levels of ambient light, which can affect screen visibility. The UICO sunlight readable touch screen is equipped with high-brightness displays (1K NIT plus), anti-glare and antireflective coatings, UV Ink and even optional IR Films (InfraRed) to ensure visibility even in direct sunlight.


UICO’s Sunlight Readable High Bright Touch Screens are Designed with the Following Advantages:

  • Durability:

An outdoor touch screen must be designed to be rugged and durable, capable of withstanding physical impact, vandalism, and other potential abuses. The screens may be made of tough materials such as tempered glass or chemically strengthened glass that be  as thick a 10MM.


  • Temperature Control:

UICO’s touchscreens are rated -40 to 85 degrees, However, sometimes an outdoor touch screen need mechanisms to control the internal temperature to prevent overheating or freezing. This may involve cooling fans, heaters, or other climate control features.


  • Optical Bonding

For outdoor usage, a full optical bond is recommended. It reduces the light transmission losses caused by the transition from glass to air and air to glass that are present when a perimeter bond is used. The Optically Clear Adhesives (OCAs) used by UICO minimize these losses for improved readability, even in bright sunlight. 



Our sunlight readable touchscreens are designed to be easily integrated into various environments and applications. They can be customized in terms of size, shape, and functionality to meet specific requirements. Easy maintenance and serviceability are important considerations. Components should be easily accessible for repairs or replacement, and the system should be designed for minimal downtime.  Outdoor touchscreens find applications in various sectors, including transportation (for interactive kiosks at bus stops or train stations), retail (for digital signage and interactive displays), tourism (for wayfinding and information), and more.

How To See a Touchscreen in Sunlight?

Coatings for Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective, and Anti-Fingerprint Help Readability in Sunlight

We select a cover lens designed for optimal readability and performance in tough conditions four our outdoor touchscreens. Glass thickness is tailored to each application for the best combination of durability and weight. UICO can offer fully tempered “safety” glass up to 4mm thick for cases where sharp breaks would be dangerous or a thinner Gorilla Glass® where lightweight portability matters most. Coatings such as matte Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective, or Anti-Fingerprint provide optimal readability in bright sunlight while also shedding water for superior performance during a downpour.


















Touch Sensor for Outdoor Applications in Rain or Sun!

UICO custom designs their sensors and touch surfaces to meet your demanding outdoor applications such as wayfinding and outdoor digital signage. The UICO true value is that we uniquely program and tune the touchscreen to operate flawlessly in your environment. We have the capability to design touchscreens usable with heavy work gloves or and in the pouring rain. UICO engineering can program them to be immune to false touch from those same raindrops but yet be sensitive enough for reliable dry touch.


Sunlight Readable Touch Display with over 1,000 nits

UICO offers a variety of brands and sizes of LCDs with high brightness over 1000 nits, wide viewing angles, directional polarization, and superior resolution. Options such as Sleep Mode and Ambient Light Sensor can be added for the most efficient power usage in remote outdoor locations. We can work with your display provider or suggest several display options to meet your unique needs and budget for a rugged outdoor touch screen.

Nits, in the context of display technology, refer to a unit of measurement for brightness, specifically luminance. One nit is equal to one candela per square meter (cd/m²). It represents the amount of light emitted from a surface. In the context of  touch displays,  nits are crucial for determining how visible and readable the screen is, especially in different lighting conditions.

When using a touchscreen outdoors in direct sunlight, the ambient light can significantly affect the visibility of the screen. Sunlight can overpower the screen's brightness, making it difficult to see the content displayed on the screen. This is where nits become important. A higher nit rating means the screen can produce more light, making it brighter. For outdoor use, screens with higher nit ratings are preferable because they can counteract the glare and ambient light, making the display more readable even in direct sunlight. Typically, screens with a brightness of 1000 nits or higher are recommended for effective outdoor use.

The importance of nits for outdoor touchscreen use lies in ensuring that users can interact with the device comfortably and effectively regardless of the ambient lighting conditions. A screen with a higher nit rating provides better visibility, reduces eye strain, and improves overall user experience when using touchscreens outdoors. Manufacturers often highlight the nit rating of their displays as a key feature, especially for devices intended for outdoor use, such as smartphones, tablets, and ruggedized devices used in fieldwork or industrial environments.

Uico Will Guide You Through the Integration Process

Our US-based engineering team will review your application and will guide you through how to integrate the
 screen into your system for the best performance. We can help you decide if a flush mount or low-profile bezel is best for you, discuss system grounding, how to avoid electrical interference, and guidelines for GUI element location and size. In short, UICO will guide you every step of the way to creating a superior touch experience for your unique application. Let us know your outdoor challenges - UICO is ready to help you perform in any weather!

Available Sunlight Readable Touch Screen Sizes:

All of our outdoor touchscreen are available in sizes 1”, 3.5", 4.3", 7", 8", 10.1", 12.1", 15.6", 19", 21.5", 23.8", 27", 32", 43", 55", 65", 72" and 86".

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