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Magnetic Stripe Badge Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086117D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Phelps, SL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This 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 14 or when wand 10 is held by hand and is simply wiped along the length of stripe 12a, with badge 12 being set on any suitable horizontal support.

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Magnetic Stripe Badge Reader

This 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 14 or when wand 10 is held by hand and is simply wiped along the length of stripe 12a, with badge 12 being set on any suitable horizontal support.

Wand 10 includes casing 16 of a suitable shape so as to be easily held by hand and connected with an 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 outward movement by compression spring 24.

Support 14 is fixed on a front panel 26 of a data processing machine and includes an upwardly extending rim 28 forming a recess 30 receiving wand casing 16. A recess 32 is provided in holder 14 and extends into front panel 26 for receiving the finger of the user, so that wand 10 may be easily withdrawn from recess 30.

A badge guide 34 is fixed on front panel 26 below holder 14, and holder 14 is provided with an opening 36 through which tip 20 extends to put magnetic read head 22 in contact with badge guide 34. Guide 34 holds read head 22 slightly out of its fully extended position in tip 20 and against the action of spring 24.

Holder 14 is separated slightly from guide 34 to provide a slot 38 therebetween. Holder 14 is provided with curved surfaces 14a and 14b, and guide 34 is provided with corresponding curved surfaces 34a and 34b to guide badge 12 into slot 38. Badge 12 i...