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Keyboard Assembly with Docking Speakers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104415D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Glass, DW: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer keyboard unit with a pair of audio speaker units removably mounted at its ends. Since standard electrical connections are provided at each end of the keyboard, alternate arrangements, such as headphones or remote speakers, can easily be accommodated.

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Keyboard Assembly with Docking Speakers

      Disclosed is a computer keyboard unit with a pair of audio
speaker units removably mounted at its ends.  Since standard
electrical connections are provided at each end of the keyboard,
alternate arrangements, such as headphones or remote speakers, can
easily be accommodated.

      As shown in the figure, the standard arrangement includes an
otherwise standard computer keyboard unit 1 with provisions for the
attachment of a speaker unit at each end, a left speaker unit 2, and
a right speaker unit 3.  Each speaker unit 2 and 3 contains a
full-range audio speaker, which may be as large as five inches in
diameter, under a louvered opening 4.

      Keyboard unit 1 is connected to a computer system (not shown)
by a cable 5, which includes lines transmitting stereo audio signals
to unit 1.  Both left and right channel signals are routed to a
stereo mini-phone jack socket (not shown), which mates with a
standard mini-phone jack plug 6 extending inward from right speaker
unit 3.  The left channel signal is routed to a single-channel
mini-phone jack socket 7, which mates with a mini-phone jack plug 8
extending inward from left speaker unit 2.  In this configuration,
signals from the left audio channel are fed into the speaker in left
speaker unit 2, while signals from the right audio channel are fed
into the speaker in right speaker unit 3.

      Each speaker unit includes a volume control knob 9, along with
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