Personal Computer Industrial Remote Keypad
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
This article describes a remote keypad device which is used to enter selections from a given personal computer screen. Automotive technician terminals, which incorporate software enabled "buttons" selected through a touch screen located on the terminal, require the user to physically return to the terminal for interaction. The remote keypad of this disclosure is a device which allows he software enabled "buttons" to be selected from the terminal screen without physically returning to the terminal. The device replaces the keyboard for data entry and electrically operates as a subset of the IBM enhanced personal computer keyboard. The keypad layout is software programmable, and the device is packaged to meet the requirements of garage environments.