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Movable And Removable Printer Operator Panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119378D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brown, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that eliminates the fixed location and therefore the limited usefulness of a printer operator panel. By making it detachable from the printer it can be used to control the printer operation from another table (e.g., in front of a personal computer workstation) or even from another room. It will also allow for many different orientations of the printer itself, that may be preferred due to the furniture set-up or job requirements of the user, and were not feasible with a fixed location operator panel.

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Movable And Removable Printer Operator Panel

      Disclosed is a device that eliminates the fixed location
and therefore the limited usefulness of a printer operator panel.  By
making it detachable from the printer it can be used to control the
printer operation from another table (e.g., in front of a personal
computer workstation) or even from another room.  It will also allow
for many different orientations of the printer itself, that may be
preferred due to the furniture set-up or job requirements of the
user, and were not feasible with a fixed location operator panel.

      The operator panel can be shipped on the printer in a standard
location.  From this position the user may be able to rotate it or
move it to another location on the printer.

      The user could also remove it from the printer with the only
attachment being a cable.  This cable can be any low-cost, durable,
flexible cable, such as a telephone cable (coiled or flat). An
infrared or electromagnetic link could be used without a cable, but
may not be feasible for all functions desired to be located on the
operator panel.

      The operator panel can be designed so it has a stable standing
position on a flat surface as shown in the figure. Buttons and lights
can be oriented so it is convenient to see and use them when in that
standing position.  The operator panel can also be designed to be
easily hand held.