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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Commercial Touchscreen

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Commercial Touchscreen

Touchscreens are used exclusively for consumer applications. While many smartphones, tablets and other touchscreens are, in fact, used for consumer applications, others are used for commercial applications. You can find them in hospitals, retail stores, restaurants...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Capacitive Touchscreens

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Capacitive Touchscreens

Capacitive touchscreens are used in many different consumer and commercial applications. In addition to mobile devices, for instance, they are commonly used in human machine interfaces (HMIs) and other machinery control systems. Capacitive touchscreens are...

How Are the LEDs Arranged in LCDs?

How Are the LEDs Arranged in LCDs?

It's not uncommon for liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) to feature light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LCD isn't an electroluminescent display technology. Only electroluminescent display technologies, of course, contain self-illuminating pixels. LCDs still have pixels, but...

Membrane Switches: What Is the Circuit Layer?

Membrane Switches: What Is the Circuit Layer?

The circuit layer is an important part of all membrane switches. Membrane switches, of course, are circuit-controlling devices. Unlike mechanical switches, though, they feature multiple layers that are compressed and joined together using adhesive. While there are...

5 Benefits of Active-Matrix LCDs

5 Benefits of Active-Matrix LCDs

When researching liquid-crystal display (LCD) technologies, you may come across passive matrix and active matrix. They both involve the use of liquid pixels, and they both require backlighting to illuminate their pixels. Passive matrix is an older LCD technology,...

An Introduction to Common Touchscreen Commands

An Introduction to Common Touchscreen Commands

Touchscreens are on the rise. Since their origins in the 1970s, they''ve become more and more popular. You can now find touchscreens in smartphones, tablets, computer monitors, smart wearables, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and other consumer and commercial...

Capacitive Touchscreen Coatings: What You Should Know

Capacitive Touchscreen Coatings: What You Should Know

Ever wonder what capacitive touchscreens are coated with? Capacitive touchscreens don't feature a plain glass layer. While most of them do, in fact, feature a glass top glass, they have an invisible coating over this glass layer. Known as a coating, it plays an...

Silicone Rubber Keypads: What Is Tactile Feedback?

Silicone Rubber Keypads: What Is Tactile Feedback?

Tactile feedback is a native feature of silicone rubber keypads. When you press a button on a silicone rubber keypad, it will respond with tactile feedback. There are different types of silicone rubber keypads. They are available in different sizes, configurations,...

What Are LCD Subpixels? Get the Facts

What Are LCD Subpixels? Get the Facts

Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) are all around us. They are used in TVs, computer monitors, infotainment systems, smart wearables, smart appliances, mobile devices and countless other devices. Like all other displays, LCDs are comprised of pixels. They use backlighting...

What Are Rigid Flex Circuits?

What Are Rigid Flex Circuits?

When most people think of circuits, they envision rigid printed circuit boards (PCB) and flexible printed circuits (FPCs.) Nearly all electronic devices feature one or both of these circuit types. Circuits, of course, are electrical components consisting of conductive...

The Beginner’s Guide to LED Displays

The Beginner’s Guide to LED Displays

Whether you're shopping for a new TV, computer monitor or any other device with an integrated display, you'll need to choose the right display technology. There are several different types of display technologies, one of the most common being light-emitting diode...

6 Reasons to Choose a  Resistive Touchscreen

6 Reasons to Choose a Resistive Touchscreen

If you're looking to buy a new touchscreen, you may want to choose a resistive touchscreen. Resistive is one of several touchscreen technologies. It receives its namesake from its electrically resistive layers. Resistive touchscreens feature two electrically resistive...

What Is Aspect Ratio and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Aspect Ratio and Why Does It Matter?

When shopping for a display, you'll need to consider the aspect ratio. Computer monitors, TVs and other displays are available in different aspect ratios. Some of them feature a 4:3 aspect ratio, whereas others feature a 16:9 or even a 21:9 aspect ratio. What is...

How Surface Contaminants Affect SAW Touchscreens

How Surface Contaminants Affect SAW Touchscreens

If you're planning to buy a surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreen, you'll need to keep it clean. All touchscreens will inevitably accumulate dust and dirt on their top layer. While surface contaminants may have little or no effect on capacitive touchscreens, though,...

IPC Standards for Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs)

IPC Standards for Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs)

Are you familiar with IPC standards for Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs)? FPCs are available in different IPC standards. Like with other standards, IPC standards determine how a particular product is designed. IPC standards, though, are among the most trusted and...

LCDs and Color Gamut: What You Should Know

LCDs and Color Gamut: What You Should Know

You can't ignore color gamut when shopping for a liquid-crystal display (LCD). LCDs support a variety of different colors. They feature subpixels with color filters that, when illuminated by the backlighting system, result in colored images. But some LCDs are able to...

The Beginner’s Guide to Membrane Switches

The Beginner’s Guide to Membrane Switches

From computers and TVs to calculators, appliances and more, switches are found in all types of electronics. A switch is nothing more than a circuit-controlling device. You can activate a switch to open or close a circuit. Some switches, however, feature an electrical...

What Is Refresh Rate Flicker and How Do You Prevent IT?

What Is Refresh Rate Flicker and How Do You Prevent IT?

Refresh rate flicker is a common phenomenon from which many display devices suffer. Not to be confused with screen burn-in, it lives up to its namesake by involving a flickering motion. Rather than producing images that transition smoothly from frame to frame, some...

Can Silicone Rubber Keypads Be Used Outdoors?

Can Silicone Rubber Keypads Be Used Outdoors?

If you're looking for a keypad to use outdoors, you might be wondering whether silicone rubber is a smart choice. Not all keypads can withstand outdoor environments. Some of them are designed exclusively for indoor environments where they are protected from the...

6 Common Myths About Keyboards

6 Common Myths About Keyboards

Keyboards are commonly used to control computers. As you may know, they are rectangular-shaped "boards" with "keys." When plugged into a computer, you can type by pressing these keys. Whether you're trying to write an email or enter a website address, a keyboard will...

The Benefits of LCDs in Touchscreens

The Benefits of LCDs in Touchscreens

Of all the different display technologies, none are more popular in touchscreens than liquid-crystal display (LCD). Whether it's a capacitive, resistive or surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreen, it may feature an LCD. LCDs are display devices that are characterized...

The Beginner’s Guide to Resistive Touch Switches

The Beginner’s Guide to Resistive Touch Switches

Touch switches offer an easy-to-use solution for controlling a circuit. All switches, of course, are designed to control a circuit. While some switches use a mechanical method of operation, though, others are touch based. Resistive is a type of touch-based switch. You...

6 Facts About Printed Electronics

6 Facts About Printed Electronics

Have you heard of printed electronics? When most people think of printing, they envision traditional printers that work with paper. But some printers are able to print conductive pathways on electronics. Here are six surprising facts about printed electronics. #1)...

The Pros and Cons of SAW Touchscreens

The Pros and Cons of SAW Touchscreens

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreens are used in many commercial and consumer applications. Like all touchscreens, they support touch commands. You can control a SAW touchscreen by tapping the display interface. SAW touchscreens, however, are distinguished from...

What Is Plastic Injection Molding and How Does It Work?

What Is Plastic Injection Molding and How Does It Work?

When researching manufacturing processes for custom products, you may come across plastic injection molding. Also known simply as injection molding, it supports products in a variety of custom shapes and sizes. What is plastic injection molding, and how does it work...

Do All Touchscreens Require a Controller?

Do All Touchscreens Require a Controller?

Touchscreens have become increasingly popular over the past few decades. They are characterized by the use of a touch-based interface. You can touch or tap the interface to perform commands. Some touchscreens use capacitive technology to detect touch commands, whereas...

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Plastic Keypads

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Plastic Keypads

Plastic keypads are one of the world's most common types of device interfaces. You can find them on everything from calculators and remote controls to ATMs, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and human machine interfaces (HMIs). All plastic keypads are made of...

Exploring the Backlighting Options for Capacitive Switches

Exploring the Backlighting Options for Capacitive Switches

If you're thinking about a capacitive switch, you may want to choose backlighting for it. Backlighting isn't limited to mechanical switches. Both mechanical and touch switches support backlighting. Capacitive switches, of course, fall under the latter category. They...

How Do Surface Capacitive Touchscreens Work?

How Do Surface Capacitive Touchscreens Work?

Capacitive touchscreens are distinguished from all other types of touchscreens by their use of capacitance to detect touch commands. When turned on, they generate a uniform electrostatic field. They will constantly measure this field while looking for changes in...

What Is a Mini-LED-Backlit LCD?

What Is a Mini-LED-Backlit LCD?

Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) are often categorized according to their backlighting technology. Unlike electroluminescent displays, they don't feature self-illuminating pixels. All LCDs feature liquid pixels that are illuminated via a separate lighting system, the...

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Piezo Switch

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Piezo Switch

Not all switches contain moving parts. There are touch switches available that will open or close their respective circuit upon contact. Piezo switches, for instance, are touch switches. They feature a piezoelectric element without relying on moving parts. While all...

Which Touchscreen Technology Should You Choose?

Which Touchscreen Technology Should You Choose?

Different types of touchscreens use different technologies to detect command commands. They all feature a touch-controlled interface with an integrated display. Rather than using a keyboard and mouse -- or other traditional input peripherals -- you can tap the...

Curved Displays: What You Should Know

Curved Displays: What You Should Know

Not all display devices feature a flat screen. Many of them now feature a curved screen. Curved displays such as this are commonly used in consumer electronics. TVs and computer monitors, for instance, may feature a curved display. For a better understanding of curved...

5 Facts About Mutual Capacitive Touchscreens

5 Facts About Mutual Capacitive Touchscreens

Capacitive has become the world's leading touchscreen technology. It's used in smartphones, tablets, infotainment centers, smartwatches and other touchscreen devices. Capacitive touchscreen technology receives its namesake from its use of capacitance. It detects touch...

What Is EL Backlighting for Keypads?

What Is EL Backlighting for Keypads?

Keypads support several backlighting technologies, one of the most common being electroluminescent (EL). If you're planning to buy a keypad, you may want to choose EL backlighting. Like all backlighting technologies, it will illuminate the keys from behind. EL...

5 Facts About Capacitive Keyboards

5 Facts About Capacitive Keyboards

Capacitive technology isn't limited to touchscreens. Some keyboards use this same technology to detect key presses. Capacitive keyboards leverage capacitor pads. With these capacitor pads, they are able to detect key presses without the need for separate moving parts....

5 Facts About Smartphone Touchscreens

5 Facts About Smartphone Touchscreens

Touchscreens are synonymous with smartphones. Smartphones no longer use a physical QWERTY keyboard. While there are dozens of brands of smartphones, nearly all of them feature a touchscreen interface. You can control them by tapping and touching the display interface....

What Are Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs) Used For?

What Are Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs) Used For?

Flexible printed circuits (FPCs) feature similar conductive pathways as their rigid counterparts. Electricity can flow through these conductive pathways. The conducive pathways will essentially guide electricity from a given source to a particular destination. Only...

Capacitive Switches: 5 Reasons to Choose LED Backlighting

Capacitive Switches: 5 Reasons to Choose LED Backlighting

You can't go wrong with light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting for capacitive switches. Capacitive switches are touch switches that, like other touch switches, use a touch-based method of operation. They don't have moving parts. When you touch the surface of a...

An Introduction to Actuation Force for Switches

An Introduction to Actuation Force for Switches

When researching switches, you may come across the term "actuation force." Some switches have a higher actuation force than others. Whether a switch is used alone or in conjunction with another device, such as a human machine interface (HMI), you should consider its...

Are Capacitive Switches Long-Lasting?

Are Capacitive Switches Long-Lasting?

Most switches don't last forever. Over the course of several years, some of them may fail. You may press a switch, only for the circuit to remain stuck in the opened or closed position. Switches are circuit-controlling devices. When you press a switch, you probably...

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing an LCD Monitor

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing an LCD Monitor

Liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitors are undoubtedly popular. More computer monitors, in fact, feature LCD technology than any other display technology. LCD monitors are energy efficient, inexpensive, long-lasting and support high-definition (HD) images. But if...

5 Common Myths About Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs)

5 Common Myths About Flexible Printed Circuits (FPCs)

Circuits are found in nearly all electrical devices. From computers and TVs to smartwatches and table lamps, they are used to control the flow of electricity. A closed circuit will allow electricity to flow from a source to a particular destination, whereas an open...

What Is a Resistive Switch and How Does It Work?

What Is a Resistive Switch and How Does It Work?

Switches are commonly used to control electrical devices. They feature one or more buttons that, when pressed, open or close a circuit. While some switches use a mechanical method of operation, though, others are touch based. Known as touch switches, they open and...

Why Do Some Displays Use Phosphor Compounds?

Why Do Some Displays Use Phosphor Compounds?

Phosphor compounds are commonly found in displays. Many computer monitors, TVs, smart devices and other displays feature phosphor compounds. Phosphor compounds, of course, come from phosphate rocks. A study conducted by the United States Geological Survey found that...

The Parts of an Infrared (IR) Touchscreen

The Parts of an Infrared (IR) Touchscreen

Not all touchscreens are powered by capacitive technology. Capacitive is the world's leading touchscreen technology, but there are other technologies used to detect and respond to touch commands, one of which is infrared (IR). IR touchscreens support touch commands --...

How Silicone Rubber Keypads Differ From Plastic Keypads

How Silicone Rubber Keypads Differ From Plastic Keypads

Silicone rubber keypads have become a popular alternative to plastic keypads. Also known as elastomeric keypads, they feature a silicone rubber construction. All keypads are designed to control one or more circuits. Each key on a keypad will open or close an...

Why Capacitive Touchscreens Feature an ITO Coating

Unbeknownst to most users, capacitive touchscreens feature indium tin oxide (ITO) in their construction. Capacitive touchscreens leverage capacitance to detect touch commands. During use, they'll produce a uniform electrostatic field across the display interface,...

The Rise of AMOLED Displays: What You Should Know

The Rise of AMOLED Displays: What You Should Know

Have you heard of Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED)? It's become one of the world's leading display technologies. Most smartphones, in fact, now feature an AMOLED display. AMOLED displays are bright, energy efficient and support low-profile displays....

The Beginner’s Guide to CCFL-Backlit LCDs

The Beginner’s Guide to CCFL-Backlit LCDs

Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) are often categorized according to their backlighting technology. You may come across cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), for instance. CCFL-backlit LCDs have become increasingly popular. They receive their namesake from their...

What Is an Active Stylus for Touchscreens?

What Is an Active Stylus for Touchscreens?

There are different ways to control touchscreens. You can use your fingers, for instance, to perform touch commands. Tapping or otherwise touching the display interface with a finger will create a touch event. Alternatively, you can use a stylus. A stylus is a...

The Benefits of LED Backlighting for Portable Devices

The Benefits of LED Backlighting for Portable Devices

Backlighting is a common part of many portable devices. From smartphones and laptops to remote controls and laser thermometers, many portable devices feature backlighting. It's responsible for illuminating the display. If a portable device has a display, it will...

5 Facts About Capacitive Switches

5 Facts About Capacitive Switches

Not all switches rely on moving parts to open and close a circuit. All switches do, in fact, control a circuit. While some of them contain moving parts, though, others use do not. Capacitive switches fall under the latter category. Rather than using moving parts to...

Conventional vs Stacked OLEDs: What’s the Difference?

Conventional vs Stacked OLEDs: What’s the Difference?

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is one of the world's leading display technologies. Not to be confused with an LED-backlit liquid-crystal display (LCD), it involves the use of electroluminescent pixels. The pixels are made of an organic material. When exposed to...

Why Projected Capacitive Touchscreens Are on the Rise

Why Projected Capacitive Touchscreens Are on the Rise

Projected capacitive touchscreens have become increasingly popular in recent years. You can find smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, computer monitors and other devices powered by this technology. Projected capacitive, of course, is a type of capacitive touchscreen...

What Is In-Mold Decorating (IMD)?

What Is In-Mold Decorating (IMD)?

When researching manufacturing solutions for custom parts and products, you may come across in-mold decorating (IMD). It's commonly used to decorate plastic parts and products. IMD, however, isn't the same as traditional molding processes. If you're thinking about...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Touchscreen

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Touchscreen

Touchscreens offer a convenient alternative to traditional input peripherals. Rather than using a keyboard and a mouse, for instance, you can tap the display interface. Touchscreens are defined by their support for touch-based commands such as this. Tappin the display...

The Pros and Cons of MicroLED Displays

The Pros and Cons of MicroLED Displays

Flat-panel displays aren't limited to liquid-crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED). While LCD and OLED are two of the most popular technologies for flat-panel displays, there are others available, including microLED. Pioneered at the turn of...

What Is Field Sequential Color (FSD)?

What Is Field Sequential Color (FSD)?

Not all liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) are the same. Some of them are designed with different features than others. Rather than using traditional red, green and blue color filters with a white backlighting system, for instance, some LCDs use field sequential color...

What Type of Display Do Touchscreens Use?

What Type of Display Do Touchscreens Use?

All touchscreens have an integrated display. Whether it's a smartphone, tablet or any other touchscreen device, it will feature a built-in display. You can touch the display to control the touchscreen. But not all touchscreens feature the same type of display. There...

Resistive Touchscreens: An Introduction to How They Work

Resistive Touchscreens: An Introduction to How They Work

Not all touchscreens use the same technology. While they all support touch commands, some of them are powered by different technologies. Capacitive, for instance, is the world's most popular touchscreen technology. Statistics show that over nine in 10 touchscreens are...

The History of Multi-Touch Technology

The History of Multi-Touch Technology

Multi-touch is a common feature of many touchscreens. All touchscreens, of course, support touch commands. While some of them only support a single point of contact at any given time, most of them now support multiple points of simultaneous contact. This feature is...

What Is an Anti-Glare Screen?

What Is an Anti-Glare Screen?

Prolonged exposure to glare is a common cause of eyestrain. Computer monitors and other displays can suffer from glare. As light strikes the surface of a display, some of it may be reflected off the surface. Prolonged exposure to this glare can take a toll on your...

Contrast Ratio vs Aspect Ratio: What’s the Difference?

When shopping for a display, you may come across the terms "contrast ratio" and "aspect ratio." They are technical specifications for displays. From computer monitors and TVs to touchscreens and human machine interfaces (HMIs), most displays have a contrast ratio and...

Membrane Switches: What Is Fiber Optic Backlighting?

Membrane Switches: What Is Fiber Optic Backlighting?

Membrane switches often feature fiber optic backlighting. It's found in the rear of a membrane switch. During use, fiber optic backlight will distribute light through the overlay, resulting in uniform brightness. What is fiber optic backlighting in membrane switches...

6 Facts About Resistive Touchscreens

6 Facts About Resistive Touchscreens

Have you heard of resistive touchscreens? Like all touchscreens, they are devices that support touch commands. Resistive touchscreens simply feature multiple layers of electrically resistive material with printed electrodes. Here are six facts about resistive...

An Introduction to Vacuum-Fluorescent Displays (VFDs)

An Introduction to Vacuum-Fluorescent Displays (VFDs)

Not all displays are powered by liquid-crystal display (LCD) technology. While LCD is, in fact, the most common display technology, there are other display technologies available. Vacuum fluorescent display (VFD), for instance, is an alternative display technology....

The Ultimate Guide to Touch Switches

The Ultimate Guide to Touch Switches

Switches are commonly used in keypads, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and other electronic devices. They are designed to control a circuit. Interacting with a switch will open or close a circuit, for instance. While some switches use a mechanical method of operation,...

6 Little-Known Benefits of LCDs

6 Little-Known Benefits of LCDs

Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) are undoubtedly popular. They are used in countless consumer and commercial display applications. Aside from being popular, though, LCDs offer other benefits. Here are six benefits of LCDs, some of which may surprise you. #1) No Refresh...

What Is a Bezel? Here’s What You Should Know

What Is a Bezel? Here’s What You Should Know

When researching the different parts of a display, you may encounter bezels. TVs, computer monitors, smartphones and other displays often feature a bezel. Displays contain more than just a pixel layer and a backlighting layer; most of them contain a bezel. While the...

Are LCDs the Same as LED Displays?

Are LCDs the Same as LED Displays?

When researching display technologies, you may come across liquid-crystal display (LCD) and light-emitting diode (LED). From computer monitors and TVs to mobile handsets and smart appliances, they are used to power countless display devices. Because of their similar...

What Are Laminated Layers in Membrane Switches?

What Are Laminated Layers in Membrane Switches?

When researching membrane switches, you'll probably encounter laminated layers. There are different types of membrane switches. Some of them feature different types of circuits, materials, backlighting and other specifications than others. Nonetheless, all membrane...

Tips on Using a Capacitive Touchscreen

Tips on Using a Capacitive Touchscreen

Capacitive has become the world's leading touchscreen technology. More touchscreen devices use capacitive technology than any other type of touchscreen technology. As the name suggests, it involves the use of capacitance. Capacitive technology measures changes in...

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Touchscreen

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Touchscreen

If you're planning to buy one or more touchscreens for your business, you'll need to choose the right type. Touchscreens are devices that support touch commands. You don't have to use a keyboard and mouse to control them. Rather, you can control them by touching or...

What Are Dome Arrays?

What Are Dome Arrays?

Dome arrays have become increasingly popular in recent years. You can find them on membrane switches, keypads and even printed circuit boards. For a better understanding of dome arrays and how they work, keep reading. Overview of Dome Arrays Dome arrays are...

The ABCs of Membrane Switches

The ABCs of Membrane Switches

When shopping for membrane switches, you may come across some otherwise unfamiliar terms. Membrane switches are electrical switches that, like other switches, control a circuit. The difference is that traditional switches are made of a rigid material, whereas membrane...

What Are Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Touchscreens Made Of?

What Are Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Touchscreens Made Of?

Surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreens are on the rise. You can find them in restaurants, retail stores, amusement parks, banks and more. Like all touchscreens, SAW touchscreens are able to detect and respond to touch commands. While other types of touchscreens rely...

What Are Printed Electronics?

What Are Printed Electronics?

Have you heard of printed electronics? When most people hear the term “printing,” they envision computer printers that distribute ink onto paper. In addition to printed paper, though, there are printed electronics. Printed electronics have become increasingly popular...

A Crash Course on Capacitive Switches and How They Work

A Crash Course on Capacitive Switches and How They Work

Capacitive switches have become a popular alternative to mechanical switches. Touching them will open or close a circuit. While mechanical switches are designed to control a circuit as well, they aren’t the same as capacitive switches. Capacitive switches are touch...

Frequently Asked Questions About UV Keypads

Frequently Asked Questions About UV Keypads

When shopping for keypads, you may encounter ultraviolet (UV) keypads. They are commonly used in industrial controls, remotes, laboratory equipment, medical devices, laptop keyboards and more. Like all keypads, UV keypads allow you to control a machine or device by...

Passive vs Active Stylus: What’s the Difference?

Passive vs Active Stylus: What’s the Difference?

Styluses are commonly used with touchscreens. As you may know, they are pen-shaped input devices. You can touch a stylus against the display interface of a touchscreen to perform a touch command. While there are many different types of styluses, however, most of them...

Are SAW Touchscreens Long-Lasting

Are SAW Touchscreens Long-Lasting

If you're considering buying a surface acoustic wave (SAW) touchscreen, you might wonder whether they are long-lasting. Some touchscreens last longer than others. They are better protected against premature wear and tear, resulting in a longer usable life. And with...

Fiber Optic Backlighting: Everything You Need to Know

Fiber Optic Backlighting: Everything You Need to Know

Backlighting is an essential part of many devices. From touchscreens and computer monitors to membrane switches, industrial machinery interfaces and more, it consists of a light-producing system. There are different types of backlighting, however. Fiber optic, for...

How Do Capacitive Switches Work?

How Do Capacitive Switches Work?

Ever wonder how capacitive switches work? Even if you've used them, you may not be familiar with their underlying mechanics. Like all switches, capacitive switches are designed to control a circuit. You can touch them to open or close a circuit, such as the circuit to...

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Resistive Touchscreen

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Resistive Touchscreen

Resistive touchscreens are a popular alternative to capacitive touchscreens. They are able to detect and respond to touch commands -- just like all touchscreens. Resistive touchscreens, however, feature a unique design consisting of multiple electrically resistive...