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SILICONE SLEEVE FOR BETTER ACCESSIBILITY ON KEYPAD WHEN USER WEARS GLOVES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087242D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

HONG Ang Hai: AUTHOR

Abstract

A keypad sleeve provides a for easier accessibility of actuating a main and side keypad of a two way radio when, for example, the user is wearing gloves.

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silicone Sleeve FOR better accessibility on keypad when USER WEARs GLOVES

by HONG Ang Hai

ABSTRACT

A keypad sleeve provides a for easier accessibility of actuating a main and side keypad of a two way radio when, for example, the user is wearing gloves.

PROBLEM(S) TO BE SOLVED

Most two way radios today are designed with the keypad flush to the surface of their front cover to prevent inadvertent actuation. Such cases would involve actions like rubbing the front surface of the radio on the table, wall or when sliding it in to the back pocket.

Designing radios to resolve the above problem creates an issue to certain users. Since the keypad is flush to the front surface of the front cover of the radio, users who wears gloves would find it difficult to actuate the keys as the slot of the front cover for the keypad buttons is small.  Enlarging the keypad buttons would not be a wise choice as this would also mean enlarging the radio size.

PROPOSED SOLUTION

The solution to this issue is to provide a silicone sleeve, as shown in Fig. 1, with protrusions on the locations where the keypad buttons are aligned. This acts like an extension to each and every keypad button on the radio. The purpose of this is to make the keypad buttons more accessible for users when they are wearing gloves.

This solution of creating a sleeve that would slip over the radio would be able to resolve the above problem. These protrusions would act as raised buttons therefore making the buttons more accessible an...