Transparent Touch Panel Copier Console
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
This article describes a touch panel copier console. The console comprises a display on which buttons are "drawn" overlaid with a transparent touch panel capable of sensing the depression of displayed buttons. The number, type, placement and names of buttons can be changed easily and quickly via programming. At any instant of time, only those buttons needed by an operator are displayed. The drawing shows a copier coupled through a controller to the touch panel console. The touch panel console includes a conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) with a transparent touch panel superimposed over the face of the CRT. The program memory in the controller instructs the microprocessor to transfer display data from nonvolatile store over the interconnecting bus to the CRT controller.