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PC Keyboard Cover for Children

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121114D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chess, D: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This article is directed to keyboard covers for personal computers, and more specifically to functional covers for children. In general, an imitation personal computer keyboard cover is described which is useful for personal computer owners with children who wish to use the computer. The cover resembles a keyboard and can contain inexpensive multicolored "keys". The cover protects the keyboard from dirt, fluids, and mechanical abuse.

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PC Keyboard Cover for Children

      This article is directed to keyboard covers for personal
computers, and more specifically to functional covers for children.
In general, an imitation personal computer keyboard cover is
described which is useful for personal computer owners with children
who wish to use the computer. The cover resembles a keyboard and can
contain inexpensive multicolored "keys".  The cover protects the
keyboard from dirt, fluids, and mechanical abuse.

      The figure shows a standard personal computer 1 with a monitor
2 and keyboard 3.  An imitation keyboard 4 is attached to the
standard keyboard.  An imitation screen 5 is attached to the monitor.
The child can press on the imitation keyboard and produce simulated
output on the imitation screen.

      The imitation keyboard is composed of two layers.  The top
layer is  a soft rubber material.  It is molded as one part and
contains the configuration representing the keys of the standard
keyboard.  The bottom layer is a hard, unbendable material.  Each of
the four legs 6 of the imitation keyboard are used to fasten around
the corners of the standard keyboard to keep it in place.  Also, each
of the four legs contain a piezoelectric cell that is used to send
four analog signals along the cable 7 to the imitation screen.

      The amount of relative pressure on each of the four legs of the
imitation keyboard will be related to the distance from each leg that
the keyboard is pressed.  These four analog signals are amplified to
four colored lights in the imitation screen.  The imitation screen is
composed of a hard semitransparent m...