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One Layer Optically Transparent Keyboard For Input Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000066413D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Lubart, ND Williams, ER Wright, CG [+details]

Abstract

The present structure provides a one layer optically transparent keyboard made up of an optically transparent pseudo X-Y matrix either embedded into or coated onto the face plate of a display structure, wherein the intersection of two lines have to be touched in order to make a selection, either indirectly by capacitive sensing or directly by shorting through the finger. The structure is an optically transparent, touch-sensitive keyboard which is designed to be placed in front of a display device. The display device may at times function as an ordinary display, while at other times it provides legends corresponding to touch-sensitive areas on the keyboard surface.