COMBINATION LCD AND SWITCH ACTUATOR
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-26
Current hand held communication devices, such as pagers, can have as many as 5 separate switches to con- trol the different functions of the product. The function of each switch is usually labeled on the product and is explained in detail in the products user manual. Some practice is needed to understand the function and loca- tion of each switch so that constant referral to the man- ual is not needed. Even with practice, when the product is worn on the waist, all of the switches are not readily available to the user since not all of the switches can be placed on a surface of the product closest to the user. This is usually due to the product's small size or a dis- play may already be placed on the surface closest to the user. This can cause the user to mistakenly use the wrong switch which could result in messages b&g inadvertently erased or other unwanted functions being activated.