Earlier this year we posted a feature "Advanced HMI technologies enable integrated automotive center console design." The authors have since broadened their look at capacitive sensing technology in automotive applications in a wider ranging article, including passive keyless entry. They also look at applications of the technology in areas outside automotive, such as liquid level sensing.
Read the expanded scope article here, courtesy of Automotive Designline Europe.
This is an article which presents a lot of innovative ideas of where a capacitive sensor can be used.
It also shows and allows one to realize that in the realm of capacitive sensors there are different kind, like touch sensors and proximity sensors.
I really liked that of the combination of a capacitive touch sensor with a mechanical sensor in one.
The capacitive gives you the preview of the function and the mechanical finishes the selection.
Though... in regards previewing the selection... makes me think of the fact that some capacitive touch solutions ran through a re-calibration scheme if one leaves his finger long enough and thus the preview will be seized. I wonder if this is the case with all solutions out there?