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Accidental Actuation Shield

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114842D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, RA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users are accidentally turning the power off when they intended to perform some other action (e.g., turn on a CD player) or hitting the power buttons with an object (diskette, CD-ROM).

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Accidental Actuation Shield

      Users are accidentally turning the power off when they intended
to perform some other action (e.g., turn on a CD player) or hitting
the power buttons with an object (diskette, CD-ROM).

      Accidental power actuations can bring down entire networks,
potentially causing significant loss in time and money, as well as
data loss.  A single such incident could be a system server to
hundreds of clients or is being used in a critical environment such
as air traffic control or the nuclear industry.

      There are many scenarios in which the power button may be
accidentally pressed.  However, the majority are related to users
mistaking the power button (or reset button) for media eject buttons
and users hitting the button with various forms of media (diskette,
etc.)  while attempting to insert the media into the system unit.
These often happen when users are "blindly" attempting these
operations while continuing to perform some other task at their
workstation.  However, accidental actuations caused by running into
the power button (with knees, shoes, etc.) is also a concern.

      The design in the Figure provides a solution to protecting the
power button or reset button but ensures that the needs of
disadvantaged people would not be compromised.

      A sheet metal form (1) is loaded under pressure into a pocket
(2) provided by the front bezel (3).  An angled ellipse opening in
sheet metal form provides restricted acc...