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Electro-mechanical flexing 3D Key with selectable printed circuitry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213476D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an electro-mechanical key with selectable circuitry to provide advanced security.

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Electro-mechanical flexing 3D Key with selectable printed circuitry

Described herein is an electro-mechanical key with selectable circuitry to provide advanced security.

Related art shows several mechanical keys that break a circuit by moving a member to which the circuit is attached. The disclosed invention uses one key that has a flexible member that can select various circuitries. It can be seen in the prior art that the key function is known; whereas, the invention's secure key function is not known without the pairing receptacle.

The core idea is to have a mechanical key or receptacle with flexing, positionable appendage(s) to make electrical contact at various locations on the key or in the receptacle to index and activate differing circuitry on the key or in the receptacle. The flexing member completes a circuit in the larger circuitry of the receptacle to initiate a response based on the circuit selected.

A user does not turn the key; the user slides the key into a receptacle where an appendage on the key or in the receptacle is flexed to activate and release the mechanism or select the commands based on the appendage positions.

Following is an embodiment of the idea with an on-the-spot key produced at an establishment such as retail or gaming:

1. A user prints out (via 3D printing) a mechanical 3D key with mechanical fingers that move when flexed by an external input

2. The user prints a 3D circuitry on the mechanical key. All this can be done very quic...