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Braille Writer Styli Bank

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086540D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

May, GH: AUTHOR

Abstract

This styli bank is usable in any attitude and is especially operable in the horizontal attitude which enables direct "reading" by the operator of a Braille/print terminal.

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Braille Writer Styli Bank

This styli bank is usable in any attitude and is especially operable in the horizontal attitude which enables direct "reading" by the operator of a Braille/print terminal.

The styli bank comprises a frame member 12 arranged, for example, for mounting in a terminal printer, e.g., an IBM Selectric typewriter terminal printer, in place of a conventional platen. Slideably stacked in the frame member are six identical embossing plates 14, of which only one is shown for clarity. Alternate embossing plates are reversed in the stack permitting two columns of three bosses.

Also stacked in the frame member 12 are six identical actuator plates 18, which are also alternately reversed in the stack. The actuator plates 18 are slideable across the frame member 12 for moving the embossing plates normally thereto.

Cylindrical or disk members 20, 22 and 24 (only one of each being shown), having the same thickness as the plates, are placed adjacent the plates 14 and
18. Spacers of conventional material having a low coefficient of friction separate the plates 14 and 18, and the disk members 20, 22 and 24. The disk members 20 confine the movement of the embossing plates to forward and backward motion. The disk members 24 confine the movement of the actuating plates to lateral motion, which is limited by the length of notches 26.

The actuator plates 18 are moved sideways by magnet assemblies (not shown) having armatures located in slots 28 in the plates 18. There are six such slots 28, one slot being ass...