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Keyboard Improvement: Integrated "Well" For Writing Instrument

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014733D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Description Disclosed here is an idea for improving the design of a keyboard to include a "well" which can be used as a "holder" for a writing instrument. Statement of Problem Typically, users of computers POS (Point of Sale) equipment also have a need for a pen or pencil at their work station, but may not have much room to work in. A POS terminal in a supermarket is a good example of an environment where the terminal operator has very little space to work in. Operators usually carry pens in pockets due to the lack of a suitable place to put the pen, or the pen is rested somewhere on the top of the POS terminal. Operators who place the pens in their pockets usually need to waste time retrieving the pen from their pocket. Operators who place the pen on the POS equipment may have trouble retrieving the pen when it is needed if it has rolled beneath a piece of hardware, or gotten lodged between two hardware devices (such as a printer keyboard). Real estate is tight in such an environment, and retailers are generally unwilling to introduce new paraphernalia to the environment due to initial cost, replacement costs, potential breakage, space used, etc, so the introduction of a simple "desk organizer" type holder for the pens would solve the initial problem, but probably create other residual problems as well.