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.

While many automotive applications have introduced sensors to provide users with more information and control functions, infotainment consoles and vehicle access systems are of particular interest. As far as infotainment is concerned, due to the increasing use of screens to display information, it is necessary to interact with this information in some way. The rotary encoder provides an easy-to-use and effective way for the driver or passenger to view the on-screen menu, whether it is through multimedia to find entertainment, navigation or telecommunications services. Compared with simple mechanical encoders, the overall service life of the grating incremental encoder is longer. Adding a TFT screen to the integrated trigger module or using a capacitive rotary touch sensor can make better use of the actual available area of the screen and realize secondary functions such as internal lighting control. In terms of vehicle access, a magnetic proximity sensor can detect the open/closed status of a door, trunk, bonnet, tank cap, or other access point in a convenient, non-contact manner. In commercial and off-road vehicles, where harsh environmental conditions such as oil, dust, grease, moisture, or other contaminants that may affect sensitive electrical components may be present, a more robust version can achieve the same effect.

Industrial applications, from professional audio and video production to automation and security, are increasingly adopting sensor-enhanced interfaces for greater functionality. Capacitive touch sensor panels provide adjustable, fast-response control devices for equalizers, lighting switchboards, and the like in professional audio equipment. Multidirectional switches for control interfaces and magnetic proximity sensors for limit switches make industrial 4.0 automation, triggers and other robotic platforms even more powerful. In residential and commercial buildings, magnetic proximity sensors can detect the accidental opening of windows, doors and other building connection points in a non-contact and sealed manner for security and monitoring purposes.

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