Do You Know The Secret Meaning Behind The Symbol On EVERY Power Button?
There are things we take for granted. Images we see everyday of our lives that we know what we are supposed to use it for, even if we may not know the meaning or history behind it. One such symbol is the on and off power button that is practically on every device from a mobile, television, laptop, and game consoles.
Whatever machine you use, by lightly touching the power button on it, it can activate and deactivate instantly. You may be surprised to discover that this symbol did not come about by chance. It’s actually a thought out icon that is universally recognized.
It's amazing to learn how much consideration went into this symbol. And it's all to make our lives or at least our electronics user friendly.
Now that we have mentioned this button you are probably noticing it on your microwave, washing machine, and just about any electronic device and appliance.
Initially, electronic devices had the word "on" and "off written on them. But as technology has grown in leaps, a universal symbol had to be applied.
Can you see the letter "i" and the letter "o" in the button?
The English words for on and off had to be replaced with universal numerals 1 and 0.
During WWII, engineers relied on the binary system to label the power button.
Technology forced interface symbols to be recognized and understood regardless of the language the user speaks.
The binary system is used in math and digital electronics.
Binary numbers can be expressed using the digits of 0 and 1.
In 1973, the International Electrotechnical Commission made this button the standby power state.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers thought this was still too vague and changed the definition to simply mean "power."
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