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One Piece Button Stabilizer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053743D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Harris, RH [+details]

Abstract

Fig. 1 illustrates a typical existing button stabilizing method and apparatus. In elongated key buttons such as those employed as a space bar on typewriters, some method must be provided for equalizing off-center lateral forces produced by pressing downward at a point other than the center of the horizontally elongated button. Most stabilizer systems, as illustrated in Fig. 1, essentially work in the same fashion. If a finger presses on one end of the elongated button 4, the button will begin to cock or rotate about the point whereever the return force is supplied, normally in the center of the button. The rotation that starts in key button 4 imparts torsional force on the stabilizer rod 5A and pulls the other end of the key button down.