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Accidental Activation Cover for On/Off Buttons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123543D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alo, RK: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that may be snapped or stuck in place over an existing on/off button. This device will not allow accidental activation of the on/off button, but still allows for its intentional activation.

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Accidental Activation Cover for On/Off Buttons

   Disclosed is a device that may be snapped or stuck in
place over an existing on/off button.  This device will not allow
accidental activation of the on/off button, but still allows for its
intentional activation.

   Most computer systems are turned on and off with a button
either located at the front or top of the system.  The forces
required to activate these buttons are normally not very high.
Hence, depending on the location of the button and the system which
it operates, the button could be turned off accidentally by brushing
against it with a body part, hitting it with an object that is being
carried, or setting something on top of it (for top mounted buttons).
This will shut the system down when that is not desired.

   The disclosed cover device has a raised surface with a
small diameter hole in its center.  This provides for a hard
non-movable surface raised above the top of the on/off button.  This
surface prevents anything from hitting the button under normal
conditions.  The hole in the middle provides a penetration point by
using a common pencil or pen (not large enough for a finger) that
would have to be inserted straight into the hole.  This allows the
button to be activated only under intentional circumstances.

   The cover device may be backed with an adhesive that would
allow sticking it to a surface directly around the button (once a
backing is peeled away) allowing use on systems that already e...