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IMAGE Interface Modeling and Graphic Emulation System (Image)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039710D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McDonald, JE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

IMAGE is a CRT and Touch Panel design and simulation tool, based on an IBM Personal Computer (PC) and Turbo Pascal, intended for rapid prototyping and evaluation of CRT Touch Panel (CRT/TP) interfaces. The system is completely menu driven and utilizes an "object-oriented" language to build CRT/TP interfaces consisting of Interface Units (IFUs) which may include touch buttons, displays, windows or fields, and panels constructed from a collection of IFUs. Definition of the IFU allows a designer to build a collection of entities with different actions including the ability to connect a series of panels together in a multi-menu system. The purpose of IMAGE is to allow rapid evaluation of alternate interfaces prior to actual code development for a CRT/TP product or the release of a traditional hardware control panel.

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IMAGE Interface Modeling and Graphic Emulation System (Image)

IMAGE is a CRT and Touch Panel design and simulation tool, based on an IBM Personal Computer (PC) and Turbo Pascal, intended for rapid prototyping and evaluation of CRT Touch Panel (CRT/TP) interfaces. The system is completely menu driven and utilizes an "object-oriented" language to build CRT/TP interfaces consisting of Interface Units (IFUs) which may include touch buttons, displays, windows or fields, and panels constructed from a collection of IFUs. Definition of the IFU allows a designer to build a collection of entities with different actions including the ability to connect a series of panels together in a multi-menu system. The purpose of IMAGE is to allow rapid evaluation of alternate interfaces prior to actual code development for a CRT/TP product or the release of a traditional hardware control panel.

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In general, IMAGE requires only off-the-shelf hardware, as shown in Fig. 1. This includes a personal computer 10, such as an IBM PC or PC XT, with a minimum 512K memory 15, color graphic adapter 16, touch panel controller 17 and monochrome display adapter 18. Monochrome display 21 and color display 22 are connected to personal computer 10 with touch panel 25 overlaying display
22. Software requirements for the system are DOS 2.1 or higher, Turbo Pascal and IMAGE code. A structure diagram of IMAGE is shown in Fig. 2. The general configuration of IMAGE incorporates the use of monochrome monitor 21 as the menu presentation display and color monitor 22 with touch panel 25 as the design display. Thus, the user enters single-letter mnemonic commands on the keyboard from choices presented on monochrome monitor 21, and the effects of the commands generate g...