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FOLDING KEYBOARD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025978D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The compactness of many pieces of modern equipment is limited by the size of the keyboard. If the keyboard could be folded up into a smaller space, the equipment could be made smaller. One possible way of doing this is shown in the Figure. When folded up, the five row of keys take much less room than when unfolded. The keys are staggered (odd rows displaced with respect to even rows by 112 a key), so the actuators of one row fit in the space between keytops and switch mi zhanisms of the adjacent rows.