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10 Everyday Ways We Use Membrane Switches

If you aren’t overly familiar with the components of your most prized technological gadgets, you might not actually know what a membrane switch is. But whether you associate its name with this pivotal component or not, you’ve probably used one at least a few times already today. In today’s post, we’ll give a basic introduction to membrane switches and how you unknowingly benefit from membrane switch designs on a near-constant basis.

What Is a Membrane Switch?

In its most basic terms, a membrane switch functions as an electrical component that turns a circuit on or off. It provides a user interface that utilizes tactile switches (which we think of as “buttons”) to send and perform desired commands. You might think of them as the earliest version of a touchscreen.
We’ve been using membrane switches since the early 1980s, when they were first introduced in home computers. This same technology has made its way into

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