Scottsdale, AZ--Before the month slips away, it's worth
noting that March marks the 20th anniversary of NKK Switches of America. The
company's parent has been manufacturing switches for 50 years and established
its U.S. headquarters here in 1981.
President Kiyoko Toyama says, "Over the past 20 years, we've seen
many ups and downs in the industry, and many companies either lose their
identity or completely disappear. NKK continues to be a stable force in the
industry." She goes on to tell Design News that the first switch developed by
the company is still being sold. The company now has 76 switch families with
more than 3 million part numbers.
Toyama sees future switches becoming more programmable to allow
single switches to have multiple functions-the concept behind NKK's IS switches
that feature an LCD display on top of the push button.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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