Two Swiss-Army knife test instruments have come along recently. ther first was theTek MDO3000, which has everything but a power supply. This week, we have the NI VirtualBench. It loses the built-in screen but adds the power supply.
I visited a clock factory that was next door to the Wenger Factory in Dalémont. We got the little pocket versions as souvenirs. It was a really nice knife and I liked it a lot. When my purse was stolen, that was the item I missed the most. Even after 13 years I still miss it. The tip of the nail file was also a bottle opener, which I would have never known otherwise.
It is hard to find the Wenger knifes outside Switzerland. I did locate one I liked, but due to security rules I do not carry it with me anymore.
There seems to be some controversy over what is actually the originator of the design.Victorinox_and_Wenger
I do know that the watchmakers I met prefered Wenger. The Tool suppliers in St Criox seem to have attachments for that brand.
Victorinox, at least in the 1990s was more of an export line. Given the number of places that sell Victorinox I doubt most of them are made in Confederation Helvetica. The wiki page implies that German factories are the principle subcontractor.
The swiss Army knife that I got for HP in Colorado Springs in 1994 finally broke the the point where it's unsafe in my pocket. So, I replaced it another freebee, but it's a knockoff. The blades are too dull to be useful. I'll try sharpening the knife blade, the the scissors are rather difficult.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.