Keyboard With Programmable Keyface Graphics
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
A CRT with a pressure-sensitive faceplate (See U.S. Patent 4,340,777) is used as a user input device in public access applications, such as Automatic Teller Machines. Specific areas of the faceplate, graphically defined and labeled by the CRT, and visible through the faceplate, are pressed by the user to input the label data or instruction. The unbroken surface of the faceplate is an unfamiliar keyboard to some users and leads to erroneous input due to keying between the sensing areas. This problem is eliminated by a faceplate with raised separated areas for each input label. This more closely resembles familiar keyboards. Fig. 1 shows faceplate 1 mounted in front of a CRT 2. The mounting includes pressure sensitive devices 3. The front surface of the faceplate is configured with projecting "keys" 4.