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Magnetic Stripe Badge Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085318D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, CE: AUTHOR

Abstract

The reader uses wand 10 for reading magnetic stripe 12a on badge 12. The reading may be accomplished by wand 10 when it is either retained in holder 4 or when wand 10 is held by hand and is simply wiped along the length f stripe 12a, with badge 12 being set on any suitable horizontal support.

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Magnetic Stripe Badge Reader

The reader uses wand 10 for reading magnetic stripe 12a on badge 12. The reading may be accomplished by wand 10 when it is either retained in holder 4 or when wand 10 is held by hand and is simply wiped along the length f stripe 12a, with badge 12 being set on any suitable horizontal support.

Wand 10 includes casing 16 of a suitable shape to be easily held by hand connected with electric cord 18. A tip 20 is provided on wand 10, and magnetic read head 22 is retained in tip 20, being held at the limit of its movement out of tip 20 by compression spring 24. A detent notch 16a is provided in the side edge of casing 16.

Support 14 is adapted to be attached on a front panel 26 of a data processing machine and comprises hollow casing 28 into which wand 10 is moved, so that only the fore portion of wand 10 protrudes from panel 26. Support 14 carries leaf spring 30 which holds wand 10 against the opposite internal surface of casing 28. A pin 32 extends through casing 28 and through the notch 16a under the action of spring 30 for detentably holding wand 10 within support 14.

Badge guides 34 and 35 protrude from support 14 and from panel 26. Guide 35 is so located that when wand 10 is within casing 28, with pin 32 being disposed in notch 16a, the end of wand tip 20 is in close proximity with guide 35, with the magnetic read head 22 being thereby held slightly depressed within tip 20 against the action of spring 24.

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