*New* @FreetouchFree Smartphone Interaction

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Freetouch, an innovator in software solutions for touchless interactivity, this week announced the global availability of its patent-pending technology which eliminates the need for physical contact with touchscreens. The solution lets businesses provide safe and touch-free kiosk interaction via customers’ personal smartphones. Freetouch installs in minutes per system and requires no additional hardware or software development.

Darren David, Freetouch Founder & CEO told us “COVID-19 continues to prompt a rapid shift to touchless interactions for a wide range of businesses that rely on touch-driven experiences. Our mission is to provide a solution that quickly and seamlessly makes interactivity safer for our client companies and their customers. By offering an easy-to-install and easy-to-use software-only retrofit, we’re enabling companies to remain open and their customers to interact safely during this challenging time.”

The solution is now available for purchase by organizations needing to operate customer-facing touchscreens amid the #COVID19 pandemic. Freetouch is licensed on a subscription basis with a 14-day free trial period, providing an immediately deployable option to let businesses safely turn back on publicly-accessible interactive displays.

With increasing rates of #COVID19 transmission, shared touchscreens are an ongoing health and safety concern. There is a critical need for an immediate solution to enable the safe use of existing shared displays in nearly every major industry segment. This includes banking, financial, and point-of-sale kiosks, retail displays, ticketing and payment stations, wayfinding, hospitality, health care environments, museums, attractions, and more.

Freetouch turns a smartphone into a touchscreen remote control. End users simply snap a digital QR code to instantly connect to a kiosk, with no app download or registration required. A highly responsive and intuitive interface lets users click, drag, scroll and perform multi-touch gestures safely on their own device to interact with touchscreen applications. All interactions are secure and anonymous.

  • Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is one of the first customers to install Freetouch in preparation for reopening. John Beckman, Director of Exhibit Design and Production was quoted as saying “When we reopen, visitors will come back with different feelings and more caution. Freetouch gives us the opportunity to really not change anything we’re doing in regard to the way our touchscreen displays work, while giving guests the option to interact with them using their cellphones if they wish to. It’s logistically friendly and extremely low friction for us and for our guests as well.”
  • The Reagan Ranch Center, an interpretive center in Santa Barbara, CA that maintains President Reagan’s “Western White House” recently installed Freetouch for their 3,500 square foot gallery. The center features seven touchscreen-based interactives and hosts visitors from around the world. Brent Kilpper, Associate Director said “Freetouch allows us to retain all of the functionality of our exhibits. We have it up and running now on our five timeline exhibits and it’s the perfect solution. It’s very simple — you just use your cellphone and away you go. We’re really pleased”.
  • Electrosonic, an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms, is a Freetouch partner working to implement the solution in several attractions. Chris Conte, Vice President of New Business Development for Electrosonic told us “The Freetouch solution for touchless interactivity is one of the most solid solutions proposed in today’s COVID-challenged world. It helps reinforce relationships with existing clients because we can keep their interactive displays running, preserving the value of their investment. It’s also cost-effective and simple to implement because it doesn’t require additional hardware. The response we’re getting from existing and new clients is overwhelmingly positive”.

To request a demo or download a 14-day trial of the Freetouch solution, please click here.

Freetouch enables touchless interaction with shared touchscreens from any smartphone. Simply install the controller software on any PC with internet connectivity — no additional hardware required. End users scan an onscreen QR code with their smartphone to connect to and interact with the display in front of them. The solution is designed for immediate use by retail, banking, hospitality, museum, food service, and entertainment industries — anywhere touchscreens are part of the customer or operational experience.

Freetouch was conceived and developed by San Francisco-based Stimulant, an award-winning experience design agency that has been developing touch-based applications for nearly 15 years. Freetouch is committed to making interactive installations safer to use through advanced contactless technologies.

2 Responses to “*New* @FreetouchFree Smartphone Interaction”

  1. Neil Farr Says:

    Interesting that this is Patent pending. We delivered this a few years ago and updated it and relaunched it earlier this year. Anyone with a Windows kiosk can use it!

    Good to see that others are also providing COvid- friendly solutions too though in these troubling times.

  2. Geof Jones Says:

    America and Patents lol – we have had this for ages too and so have many other companies – we offer FREE to all our digital signage application users – whats with this 14 days free trial lol …

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