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Wireless Visual Indicators for Doors and Removable Service Panels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118061D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alfonso, PM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for mounting Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) directly on the doors of computers in front of existing (covered) indicators. This will allow users to view the indicators with the front door closed.

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Wireless Visual Indicators for Doors and Removable Service Panels

Abstract

      Disclosed is a method for mounting Light Emitting Diodes
(LEDs) directly on the doors of computers in front of existing
(covered) indicators.  This will allow users to view the indicators
with the front door closed.

Description

      Computer users often rely on several different types of
feedback while using their system.  The first level of feedback is
typically illuminated visual indicators such as power-on and harddisk
drive activity LEDs.

      Please refer to the accompanying drawings and photographs which
describe how to mount a second LED directly on the door in front of
an existing LED.  The door-mounted LEDs will be assembled into a low
cost, self contained sub-assembly attached to the door.  Wireless
mechanical leads will make the electrical connection when the door is
closed to illuminate the LEDs.

      This implementation allows the LEDs to be mounted on the
removable doors/service panels without the use of cumbersome signal
cables.  It also increases usability of computers by providing users
with a much brighter, and hence more usable, visual indication of
system feedback.