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Key Stick Lead-in

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123665D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Behrens, LM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design detail intended to aid the insertion of an electronic key stick (1) into system control panels. The detail (2) is a "shelf" or "ledge" that stands off of the control panel. This "shelf" reflects the shape of the key stick and functions as a visual target and "lead-in" throat by which users can more accurately locate and insert the key stick into the control panel.

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Key Stick Lead-in

   Disclosed is a design detail intended to aid the insertion
of an electronic key stick (1) into system control panels.  The
detail (2) is a "shelf" or "ledge" that stands off of the control
panel.  This "shelf" reflects the shape of the key stick and
functions as a visual target and "lead-in" throat by which users can
more accurately locate and insert the key stick into the control
panel.

   The electronic key stick allows system administrators
the ability to change between the operating modes of the system:
Manual, Auto, Normal and Secure.  Modes are selected via a pushbutton
(3) which is active only when the key stick is properly inserted into
the control panel.

   The linear insertion motion of the key stick and the
associated mode select control benefit those suffering from mobility
problems that make grasping and turning traditionally designed keys
difficult.  The "key stick lead-in" combined with the much larger key
stick opening hold tremendous advantage over traditional key
openings.

   The key stick lead-in can be economically molded as part
of the plastic control panel bezel.