Philips Dynalite introduces a new user interface to its Antumbra range of networked control systems used in high-end residential, hospitality and commercial market segments. 

The new AntumbraTouch, the second user interface design in Philips Dynalite’s Antumbra range features a smooth glass finish and uses ‘capacitive touch’ technology to detect the presence of a finger on various locations of the glass to trigger the button-press action.

Similar to the AntumbraButton user interface, the AntumbraTouch panel can be custom configured to have different button combinations and perform a vast range of functions from creating local lighting scenes and monitoring temperature to managing site-wide networked devices such as blinds and HVAC systems.

The architecturally minimalist Antumbra switch panels feature hidden sensory inputs including proximity sense, light level sense, and temperature sense for control of the local environment, also reducing the need for additional unsightly temperature sensors.

Using the latest in ‘field-effect technology’, the panel detects a user’s presence and will ‘light up’, resulting in a wall wash effect welcoming the user to interact with the device. When the user moves away, the light wash effect around the panel fades away, allowing the panel to merge into the wall architecture.

The AntumbraTouch user interface is available in a range of different finish options to suit any interior. AntumbraTouch fascias are available in black or white and can be combined with black, white, aluminium or chrome rim colours. An additional graphical display user interface panel will be added to the Antumbra range later in 2014.

Philips Dynalite took a collaborative approach to development, consulting widely with customers and the channel network to ensure the Antumbra range sets the standard for user interfaces from both design and engineering perspectives. As a result, the AntumbraButton product design was recently recognised by the ADIA with a 2013 Design Award.

Antumbra is available from accredited Philips Dynalite resellers only.