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Kana Keyboard with Palm Rest

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045272D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Uchiyama, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

As shown in the figure, a keyboard comprises two sections for the right and left hands, enabling an operator to depress the keys with palms resting on the keyboard. In each keyboard section, five horizontally arranged keys are provided each corresponding to a different one of the five fingers and four more keys are so vertically arranged that all of them can be selectively depressed by the thumb. The horizontally arranged keys on each keyboard section are assigned the five vowels: A, I, U, E, O. The vertical keys on the right keyboard section are assigned the consonants: K, S, T, N, and the left vertical keys are assigned the consonants: M, Y, R, W.

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Kana Keyboard with Palm Rest

As shown in the figure, a keyboard comprises two sections for the right and left hands, enabling an operator to depress the keys with palms resting on the keyboard. In each keyboard section, five horizontally arranged keys are provided each corresponding to a different one of the five fingers and four more keys are so vertically arranged that all of them can be selectively depressed by the thumb. The horizontally arranged keys on each keyboard section are assigned the five vowels: A, I, U, E, O. The vertical keys on the right keyboard section are assigned the consonants: K, S, T, N, and the left vertical keys are assigned the consonants: M, Y, R, W. Both keyboard sections are connected with a controller (not shown) through cables for encoding the depressed keys into a KANA character code to be processed by a computer, for example.

In the input operation, each KANA character can be selected by an operator depressing such a combination of one vowel key on one keyboard section with one consonant key on the other keyboard section as Roman character, except that each of. See Original of the KANA characters is selected only by a corresponding one of the horizontal vowel keys on the left keyboard section and each of. See Original is selected only by a different one of the horizontal keys on the right keyboard section.

The keyboard may be provided with some function keys (not shown) for changing the keyboard operation mode to input the other...