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Multifunction Credit Card Package

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116076D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brady, MJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a package for an intelligent credit card including: means for data entry; a power source; visual indicators; a stiff metal surface; compatibility with existing magnetic stripe or pressure transfer readers. Power is provided to the card by the use of a thin, no more than .020 inch thick battery. Data is entered, or card options are chosen through the use of a multikey keyboard. Visual feedback is provided by the placement of LEDs above card options to be chosen. To insure reliability, the front surface carrying raised alphanumeric figures is made of a thin metal plate, stainless steel for example. This stiffens the card and prevents damage caused by flexing.

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Multifunction Credit Card Package

      Disclosed is a package for an intelligent credit card
including: means for data entry; a power source; visual indicators; a
stiff metal surface; compatibility with existing magnetic stripe or
pressure transfer readers.  Power is provided to the card by the use
of a thin, no more than .020 inch thick battery.  Data is entered, or
card options are chosen through the use of a multikey keyboard.
Visual
feedback is provided by the placement of LEDs above card options to
be
chosen.  To insure reliability, the front surface carrying raised
alphanumeric figures is made of a thin metal plate, stainless steel
for
example.  This stiffens the card and prevents damage caused by
flexing.

      Among those elements that are claimed is a package for an ISO
standard credit card which is compatible with magnetic stripe readers
and which contains one, or more of the following used in combination:
  o  One or more chips providing logic and/or memory functions
  o  A power source provided by a battery no more than .020 inch
thick
  o  Visual indicators in the form of LEDs or LCDs
  o  Pressure sensitive keys for the entry of information or the
      initiation of card function
  o  A front surface made of a thin embossed metal plate
  o  A back surface carrying a magnetic stripe