LANYARD SUPPORT PIN USED AS ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTION
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-04
Small electronic communication devices require that a connection be made through the main housing or exterior casing to interior metallic contacts on the main printed circuit board. Through this connection the device may he programmed to exhibit certain characteristics via a personal computer. These points of connection, in this case three, have traditionally required holes to be placed in the housing, thus increasing the device's susceptibility to dust intrusion, water damage and static discharge. An alternate approach to this method allows a lanyard support pin, a cosmetic item, to also be used as the programming contact, thereby eliminating the need for any openings in the housing.