Fit Anywhere: New panel top version
of HAND-TRAK--an optic mouse with no moving parts--can operate at any
With a proven technology that's resistant to sand, dirt, mud, and vibration, the new panel top version of HAND-TRAK™, an optical input device from ITAC Systems Inc., has attracted close looks from military contractors, says Jim McKinney, ITAC's VP of sales. McKinney asserts that HAND-TRAK is fit for harsh-environment operations, such as on a navy ship or a desert HumVee, thanks to its Gestural Input Engine™ design (http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-533), which is sealed, NEMA 4/IP66-compliant, and has no moving parts. HAND-TRAK can operate under high G forces and at any angle, McKinney adds, and can be attached with screws, double-sided tape, Velcro®, or placed loose on an existing control panel.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
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