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Magnetic Stripe Reader Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116830D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, AR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a unique icon to aid the user of a Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR) in correctly orienting, placing, and swiping a card with a magnetic stripe. There are currently MSR icons similar to this, but they do not give all the information of this new icon.

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Magnetic Stripe Reader Icon

      Described is a unique icon to aid the user of a Magnetic Stripe
Reader (MSR) in correctly orienting, placing, and swiping a card with
a magnetic stripe.  There are currently MSR icons similar to this,
but they do not give all the information of this new icon.

      The new icon most importantly shows where the magnetic stripe
card should be inserted.  This is critical, as the user may not be
trained and improper location will make the MSR unable to read the
stripe, may damage the read head, and will frustrate the user.  The
icon also shows the orientation of the stripe to be up and the
direction of the swipe to be toward the user.