Card Reader for Magnetic Stripe And Micro-chip
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A credit card (e.g. a smart card) or bank card 1 may include a magnetic stripe 2 for magnetically storing data and a micro-chip 3 with external contacts for electronically storing and communicating additional data. The Figure illustrates a reader which a card 1 is inserted in the direction of the arrow 4. When seated in the position shown, the magnetic stripe 2 is immediately adjacent a magnetic head 5 for communicating with th stripe. The head is mounted onto a block 6 attached to a helical gear shaft 7. Rotation of the shaft causes the block and read/ write head to reciprocate along the length of the magnetic stripe.