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Bar Code Slot Reader Using a Standard Bar Code Wand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037862D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Davis, JC: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a work station keyboard enclosure is equipped with a bar code reader slot and wand cradle to provide the user with the choice of entering bar coded data, either directly through the slot reader, or through the remote operation of a standard wand reader.

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Bar Code Slot Reader Using a Standard Bar Code Wand

A technique is described whereby a work station keyboard enclosure is equipped with a bar code reader slot and wand cradle to provide the user with the choice of entering bar coded data, either directly through the slot reader, or through the remote operation of a standard wand reader.

The ability to enter data into a computer, using bar code technology, has proven to be a reliable method of rapidly entering information. The concept described herein is designed to provide fixed, or remote work station bar code reading capability, while maintaining design compactness. It uses the standard wand to read information in either case.

The enclosure is designed with keyboard 10, as shown in the figure, which is a normal keyboard as used in work station environments. Bar code reader slot 11 is positioned in the lower section of the enclosure to enable the operator to rapidly slide the bar coded information through the slot. The key portion of the concept is bar code cradle 12. It is designed to hold the wand when not in use and to also enable the wand be the bar code reading media, at position 13, for recording information while bar code information is passing through reader slot
11. The wand is also functional for normal remote reading capability, as it is easily lifted from the cradle.

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