I'm sure you've seen the logo before but have you ever thought about what it means?

There is a little button that we have all come to be familiar with.  It is on most of the devices that we own.

  • Laptops
  • Desktops
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smartwatches
  • TVs
  • Game Consoles
  • Stereos
  • and many more…
So what does it mean? Where did it come from? Why is it so universal?

With 1 being the universally understood symbol for “On” and 0 being the universal symbol for “Off”, this combination of the two symbols was designed to combine the two logos.  When you see this logo on a button, it tells you what the button can do.

According to The International Organization of Standardization, the logo indicates that the button or switch has the ability to put the device in a standby mode which does not fully remove the device from a power circuit but rather let it use just enough power to detect if the button is pressed again and the device “turns on” again. 

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