Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lorton, Virginia, USA
I have worked on all kinds of equipment for close to 30 years - in the Army, as a Ham (Amateur Radio), and as a technology guy for a slew of Defense Contractors. Tactile feedback is important to most 'operators', a solid on/off switch or a 'click' on different settings is very important. A smooth working switch might be one thing, but to have the position of a switch (and the functionality) verified by not only visual but tactile cues is important.
When pressing a button on today's gas pumps I can easily press a worn-out keypad for my PIN, but sometimes they don't work as intended (lag or non-functional). The only verification I get that tells me when my input has been accepted is when the little asterisk appears on the screen, sometimes.
Therefore just flicking a switch is one thing, verification of position and functionality is another.
2007 Silver GL 1800