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Magnetoacoustic Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000066384D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Calcagno, PA Romankiw, LT Thompson, DA [+details]

Abstract

It is desirable to have a keyboard technology which minimizes costs by minimizing the number of interconnections, electrical drive circuits, and sense circuits. A shift register technology is ideal for this purpose, having only a single interrogation input and sense output. If the information about the state of the keys is manifested by acoustic waves, then the information will appear sequentially at a sensor at a rate determined by the velocity of sound and the spacing of the keys.