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Reader for Magnetically Encoded Data Storage Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085560D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

May, GH: AUTHOR

Abstract

This low-cost magnetic data storage device enhances a point-of-sale transaction recorder by providing an audit trail of all transactions completed.

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Reader for Magnetically Encoded Data Storage Device

This low-cost magnetic data storage device enhances a point-of-sale transaction recorder by providing an audit trail of all transactions completed.

In the embodiment shown, a typical embossing-type manually operated point- of-sale recorder 10 is modified to include magnetic transfer of data recorded in a magnetic stripe onto a magnetic tape store. The recorder unit 10 has a number of manually settable levers 12, which operate a corresponding number of wheels 14 having numeric and/or alphabetic character type faces thereon arranged in a line 16 at the upper right corner of a sales slip 18 of conventional form. Data on the wheels 14 are embossed and/or printed on the slip 18, as an operator moves the unit 20 across the unit 10 over the sales slip 18. With the exception of the wheels 14 (only one of which is shown apart from the unit 10), these elements are conventional.

Information embossed on a credit card 22, which is now ally placed on the recorder unit 10 prior to the placement of the sales slip 18, is also printed and/or embossed on the sales slip 18 as the mechanism 20 is passed over the slip 18 in recording the data on the wheels 14, as set up for the instant transaction. The credit card 22, like many conventional credit cards, has a magnetic stripe 24 thereon on which data has been recorded magnetically, normally at the time the card is issued.

The data wheels 14 for this embodiment also have the same characters as embossed for printing, magnetically recorded on the wheels. The embossed characters and the magnetically recorded characters are interlaced about the periphery of the wheels 14. The wheels 14 are set into the recorder unit 10, so that the magnetically recorded characters appear immediately above the corresponding embossed characters on line 16. In line 26, the magnetically recorded characters on the wheels 14 are in a path which is an extension of the magnetic stripe 24 on the credit card 22.

Attached to the operating mechanism 20 for movement therewith across the unit 10 is a cassette holder 28. A magnetic tape cassette 30, of a form similar to that of a conventional Phillips pattern...