First compact detector switch for digital cameras from Alps Electric of Japan

Alps Electric of Japan has developed the first compact detector switch for digital cameras and other compact digital devices that when depressed automatically triggers an “off” state. Named the SPVS Series, this two-way operation-type normal-closing detector switch offers strong potential in a variety of applications, and boasts compactness coupled with a long-stroke. Today’s digital cameras, digital video cameras and other digital devices while certainly small and thin, also boast remarkably increased functionality. This has placed growing importance on accurate detection to prevent data loss caused by operational error, such as when opening and closing the lid on a device’s battery or memory card slot. Compact detector switches, therefore, are essential in detecting movement in these mechanisms. The SPVS Series of compact detector switches detects both vertical and horizontal movement and boasts a great variety of functional options.

SPVS Series dimensions are 3.5mm x 3.3mm x 1.0mm in width, depth and height, respectively, which makes it compatible for loading into ultra-compact miniature digital devices. Alps also realized an even smaller mounting area by adopting a J-bent terminal. Sample shipments are to commence in February 2007.