Does test equipment really need knobs and displays?

Frequent readers of Test Cafe are familiar with my predictions regarding the “coming modular disruption”- that open modular standards such as PXI and AXIe will become the principal form factors for automated test.  This is driven by size, speed, and flexibility advantages over their traditional counterparts.

While I am convinced this disruption has reached the tipping point for automated systems, that is, any system where a computer is connected to one or more instruments, what about manual bench instruments?

In my blog I write we the common metaphor of user interfaces may be changing.  Look at the example below.  Read the entire column here.

 

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By Larry DJ