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Multiple Human Interfaces for a Common Central Electronic Complex

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105691D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Auber, R: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is the use of a common Central Electronic Complex (CEC) with multiple human interfaces to form several types of systems, which may be, for example, of the highly portable type commonly called "palm top" units.

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Multiple Human Interfaces for a Common Central Electronic Complex

      Disclosed is the use of a common Central Electronic Complex
(CEC) with multiple human interfaces to form several types of
systems, which may be, for example, of the highly portable type
commonly called "palm top" units.

      As shown in Fig. 1, a CEC unit 1 can be assembled with a number
of options, such as a normal screen 2, a keyboard 3, a touch
sensitive screen 4, a stylus screen 5 which accepts information drawn
on the screen with a stylus 6, a screen unit 7 including a pointing
device 8, and a voice sensitive screen unit 9.  Each of these options
provides a different kind of human interface.

      As shown in Fig. 2, one of the screen options 10 can be placed
directly atop CEC unit 1.  Alternately, as shown in Fig. 3, keyboard
3 may be placed directly atop CEC unit 1, with one of the screen
options 11 being attached by means of a hinge unit 12, allowing
screen option 12 to be pivoted between an open position, in which
both the screen and the keyboard are used, and a closed position, in
which the screen option is pivoted over the keyboard.  In each case,
various electrical connections are made as the options are assembled
to each other.

      The CEC unit 1 may also be provided with various features
through the use of pluggable modules and circuit cards.

      While CEC unit 1 may be assembled to various of the options to
build several different systems in a factory envir...