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Indication of keyboard entry modes (shift modes) by vibration of a keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014771D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a Personal Computer with a keyboard that vibrates in response to a signal from the computer which indicates the current state of keyboard entry mode (shift mode). This invention enables blind touch key entry of an English and Japanese mixed text with higher productivity and less mental fatigue or irritation.

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Indication of keyboard entry modes (shift modes) by vibration of a keyboard

   Disclosed is a Personal Computer with a keyboard that vibrates in response to a signal from the computer which indicates the current state of keyboard entry mode (shift mode). This invention enables blind touch key entry of an English and Japanese mixed text with higher productivity and less mental fatigue or irritation.

In a Personal Computer with a English/Japanese keyboard designed to be capable of processing alpha-numeric characters (ASCII) and Japanese characters (Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana) loaded with a character conversion program such as IME and ATOK (referred to here as FEP - Front End Processor), usually the entry mode is indicated in the monitor with small icons or symbols controlled by the FEP. When the user of the computer is engaged in key entry operation he/she is suppose to know the current input mode by seeing the indicator. Operational principle here is that whenever the user wants to enter a character in the key entry mode not matching his/her intention, he/she must change the mode to the one he/she intends to use by pressing a shortcut key or manipulating a mouse. This mode recognition by eye sight is onerous when typing a long English - Japanese mixed text in a blind touch fashion with eyes fixed on the paper manuscript. Oftentimes the user assumes the current entry mode without seeing the indicator in the screen and oftentimes he/she must re-type the text due to wrong assumption he/she made. In summary key entry operation with the current English...