Windows 8 Success Hinges on $10 Component

The success of Microsoft Corp.’s new operating system may hinge…on hinges.Hardware companies are grappling with the fact that the Windows 8 software has a touch-oriented user interface. That means not simply adding touch screens to computers but redesigning the hinges that connect screens and keyboards to withstand new twisting, turning and poking.Computer makers have teams of engineers designing joints, pivots and connectors for machines running the new software. They measure torque, test different springs and gears, and open and shut devices thousands of times.

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