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World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
2/19/2014

The RedRock MEMS reed switch is said to be the world's smallest, measuring just 1 mm x 1 mm on a side.   (Source: Coto Technology Inc.)
The RedRock MEMS reed switch is said to be the world’s smallest, measuring just 1 mm x 1 mm on a side.
(Source: Coto Technology Inc.)

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Really cool, but expensive
Elizabeth M   2/20/2014 4:42:57 AM
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A point well illustrated, TJ, and I think you're right here. Sometimes it is worth it to pay a little extra for convenience and, in this case, comfort and well-being, especially when health is concerned.

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TJ McDermott   2/19/2014 11:33:00 PM
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Elizabeth, sometimes the high cost is worth it.  Using the example Charles stated in the article, imagine your doctor told you you needed the ingestible endoscope procedure and your doctor posed two choices:

The regular ingestible endoscope at one price (and its horse-pill size), and a new one that is 20% more expensive but the size of a regular Tylenol capsule. 

The higher cost might very well be worth it when choking down a monster pill of an endoscope.

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Charles Murray   2/19/2014 6:23:12 PM
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I'd be very surprised if this didn't come down in a significant way, Liz. It will never reach the level of conventional reed switches, but it's conceivable it could drop to less than a dollar.

Elizabeth M
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Really cool, but expensive
Elizabeth M   2/19/2014 6:37:46 AM
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I find it so interesting how small these type of components can actually get, but you're right that it's a bit pricey at the moment. Still, I think it would have some really valuable usages, especially for medical devices. The price surely will eventually come down, no?

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