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.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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