Integration of sensors in traditional size switches

Regardless of the industry, next-generation devices must incorporate more features to continue to meet consumer expectations. In cars, FM/AM car radios have been transformed into multimedia infotainment dashboards. Surgical instruments used to be simple hand tools, but are now integrated into a remote robotic platform to achieve extremely high positioning accuracy. As professional players try to gain an advantage over their opponents, the complexity of modern video game consoles continues to increase, and the controller has expanded from a set of push switches to a high-performance dual-axis finger joystick. In these and other applications, conventional electromechanical switches incorporate sensor technology, augmenting functionality in novel and attractive ways and evolving them. Understanding these development outcomes is critical to staying competitive in these markets.

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