Multipurpose keyboard

 

The invention relates to input devices. The technical result is to decrease the manufacturing cost of the keyboard. To do this, the keyboard contains a removable and permanent part of the storage device, the data device. The system, which includes the keyboard also contains a component of the software for reading the identification data. 5 N. and 7 C.p. f-crystals, 7 Il.

The scope of the invention

The present invention relates to the field of input devices. More specifically, the invention relates to a method and device to provide functional input to computerized systems.

Prior art

In most computers, the keyboard is the primary the primary input device and control normally used for text input. The keyboard also contains a special standard function keys, such as the Escape key, the Tab key and the cursor keys, Shift and Control and sometimes some other manufacturer specialized keys.

The keyboard uses the same basic layout as the keyboard mechanical and electronic writing is ur American standard position of the keys (Qwerty), and its name comes from the location of the five keys on the top left side of the third row of the keyboard alphabet. This location, invented for one of the early mechanical typewriters, refers to 1870.

Since many users keyboard found accrued traumatic disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome, has developed a number of ergonomic keyboards. Modern methods include keyboard, contoured to ease the pressure, and controlled by foot pedals for certain keys or the keyboard functions.

Nowadays, a personal computer has a wide variety of applications and games. Personal computers are users of all ages with different needs and languages. Even so, the use of keyboards is relatively small compared to the number of implementations. The main factors influencing this phenomenon, are financial and pragmatic considerations.

The production process of keyboards is a relatively expensive process. So keyboards are produced in a large number of series in order to make them prammanasudh production, and their manufacturers are not able to connect specialized keyboard to each selling the game or application. In any case, if you look at this question from the point of view of the user, it is inconvenient to connect to a different keyboard for each game or application, especially when the connector is located on the back side of the computer. In addition, when using multiple keyboards, the problem of storing these keyboards.

Due to different locations of the keys in different countries need to implement the method lookup tables to use the same basic keyboard for many countries. In addition, some computer programs allow the execution of specific operations using a predetermined key sequence, especially when the number of operations is greater than the number of keys, such as Ctrl-D, Ctrl-A, Ctrl-Shift-F". Other computer programs use a sequence of keystrokes, usually called "macro", as input. Macros can be stored in computer memory or embedded in hardware keyboard (usually memory means), which gives the keyboard status "smart keyboard".

Blagodarnyi keyboard. However, browsing Internet using a conventional remote control systems TV is very difficult due to the fact that the number of keys in the remote control TV is insufficient compared to the number required when browsing the Internet. To view Internet keyboard must contain the letter keys, especially when composing e-mail.

U.S. patent 5514855 discloses the above questions. Molded rigid panel, which is equipped with a number of keys of the increased size reduces the number of keys. It is suitable for computer games and applications designed for very young children.

U.S. patent 5667319 reveals unusual keyboard, in fact, a simplified keyboard for use by a child. Usually simplified keyboard according to this patent has keys that are optimized for the design, number and location for use by young children, but which electrically communicate with the computer in a manner similar to a standard keyboard for manual input of character data for use by the software of the computer.

All the methods described above, while not provided eudovletvoritelnoy. In addition, all the methods described above, is not yet provided satisfactory solutions to the problem of communication between the keypad with a computer program for executing the application, which requires a special keyboard.

The present invention is a device specialized keyboard, the manufacturing cost of which is lower than devices known in the prior art.

Another object of the invention is a method and device for replacing the keyboard in the main machine, which are simpler than the methods and devices of the prior art.

An additional object of the invention is a method and device that communicate between the keyboard and the computer application to perform and simplify this application.

Another object of the invention is a method and device that communicate between the keyboard and the computer setup to configure your computer.

Other objectives and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description.

The invention

In one aspect of the present invention is directed to create a keyboard for use as the software contains:

replacement part containing a set of specific keys, each of which has contact with the ground and is held by the base, and the removable part is associated with a specific application software running on the host computer using this set, this replacement part contains a device for data communication and data storage device containing identification data (ID) associated with a particular task,

permanent part, which holds a replaceable part and the fixed part contains:

I) a set of contacts, each of which matches zero or more contacts of the removable part, for receiving input data;

II) a reader for reading the ID from the storage device; and

III) a first means of connection data from the reader in the device data connection and

IV) a second means of connection data from the host computer to send the ID of the reader and input data set to the host computer so as to allow the main computer to perform a specific application task software after replaceable parts in the permanent part.

Optional, removable part is one rigid element or multiple rigid elements, which can bend.

Optional, the ID is embedded in the device identification using electronic means and/or by using electro-optical means and/or by using Electromechanical means and/or magnetic media.

Optionally, the keyboard layout is compatible with a standard 101-key keyboard.

In another aspect the invention relates to a system for use as an input device for a host computer that contains:

keyboard for use as an input device for the host computer, and the computer may run one or more application tasks of the software,

contains:

replacement part containing a set of special the bedroom part is associated with a particular application software, running on the home computer using this set, this replacement part contains a device for data communication and data storage device containing identification data (ID) associated with a particular application;

permanent part, which holds a replaceable part and the fixed part contains:

I) a set of contacts, each of which matches zero or more contacts of the removable part, for receiving input data;

II) a reader for reading the ID from the storage device; and

III) a first means of connection data from the reader in the device data connection and

IV) a second means of connection data from the host computer to send the ID of the reader and input data set to the host computer to enable the host computer to perform a specific application task software after placing a replaceable part of a constant part,

a software component for reading the ID and run a single program or programs and/or one application tasks or more application tasks and/or one predetermined operation or more predefined OPE is the software, this program (s), application (app) and the operation (operations) associated with the ID.

Optional, predefined operations aimed at setting up the host computer.

In another aspect, the invention relates to a method for connecting the keyboard to the main computer that contains:

a) providing a keyboard for use as an input device for the host computer, and the computer may run one or more application tasks of the software that contains:

replacement part containing a set of specific keys, each of which has contact with the ground and is held by the base, and the removable part is associated with a specific application software running on the primary computer using the set, with this replacement part contains a device for data communication and data storage device containing identification data (ID) associated with a particular application;

permanent part, which holds a replaceable part and the fixed part contains:

I) a set of contacts, each of which matches zero or more contacts of the removable part, for receiving input data, the program data from the reader in the device data connection and

IV) a second means of connection data from the host computer to send the ID of the reader and input from many in the main computer to allow the host computer to perform a specific application task software after placing a replaceable part of a constant part,

b) providing a software component for reading the ID and run a single program or programs and/or one application tasks or more application tasks and/or one predetermined operation or more predetermined operations, and a software component is located in the main computer and is executed by the host computer, and the program (s), application task (applied problems) and the operation (operations) associated with the ID,

c) the connection between the removable part and a fixed part with contact after placement of the replaceable parts on the standing part;

d) reading out the ID by using the reader;

e) transmit the ID from the keyboard to the main computer via the connection;

f) executing one program or programs and/or one application tasks or more application tasks and/or one pre-determined obesidade) and operation (operations) associated with the ID.

Brief description of drawings

The above and other features and advantages of the invention will be better understood by the subsequent illustrative and non-limiting detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention with reference to the accompanying drawings, on which:

Fig.1 illustrates the "101-key" keyboard in accordance with the prior art;

Fig.2 illustrates a keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention; and

Fig.3 illustrates the location of the specialized keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention; and

Fig.4 illustrates a keyboard for applications intended for young users, in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention; and

Fig.5 schematically illustrates a keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention; and

Fig.6 schematically illustrates the bending of a removable part of the keyboard into three parts in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention.

Detailed description of preferred implementations

Fig.1 illustrates the "101-key" Claviere widely used keyboard. Key 40 is installed in the field, in which "dive" key 50. This keyboard is perfect to be used as input devices in applications related to text processing, such as word processors. However, when used games handle this type of keyboard is less effective. Games with handle better controlled using a joystick and the keyboard layout should be designed so that the user felt like on the inside of the cockpit. In addition, the structure of the keys not meet the purpose of the game.

To manufacture specialized keyboard with lower costs, in accordance with my invention, the keyboard can be divided into two parts:

one part contains the elements of the keyboard, which is suitable for many types of keyboards, hereinafter referred to as "removable part of the keyboard";

the other part contains elements that are typical for a specialized keyboard, hereinafter referred to as "a permanent part of the keyboard.

When installing the replacement of the keyboard on a permanent part of the keyboard keystroke causes the same effect as in the keyboard, yea this contact number, which is associated with a key, and is transmitted to the host computer.

In accordance with my invention, the following benefits occur:

the keyboard can be designed in accordance with its specialized purpose, not simply suitable for a variety of purposes. This design meets its purpose in a better way than currently known in the prior art;

because many implementations of all 101 keys (as in the most widely used keyboard) is not required, the keyboard can be designed in such a way that the keys were collected in a small area. Thus, the keypad is compact, and therefore, such a keyboard can be sold with a computer game or application. In addition, when using the same size keyboard with fewer keys keys may be larger and, therefore, easy to work with them.

Due to the fact that specialized keyboard is associated with a specific implementation (implementations) when it detects the keyboard type the host computer can execute the program that is associated with the keyboard, or to give vozmozhnosjam to be suitable for a variety of football games.

Fig.2A and Fig.2b illustrate a keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention. The keyboard consists of two parts: a constant part 10 and the rotating part 20. Fig.2A illustrates a combined keyboard in accordance with the preferred embodiment. of the invention. Fig.2b illustrates the individual parts of the keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention.

The base 10 of the keyboard is constant, while the removable part 20 of the keyboard may be replaced by another interchangeable element. Key 40 is installed in the removable part 20 of the keyboard. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, the handle 60 is attached to the removable portion 20 of the keyboard. Therefore, replacement part 20 can be removed by lifting the handles 60. Of course, the removable portion 20 may be removed in other ways.

There are many ways to attach the removable part 20 of the keyboard to the fixed portion 10 of the keyboard, such as the locking device, the locking device with screws, magnetic device, and is sometimes appropriate even weight replacement parts. There are also many ways for tobiasth attachment and contact devices.

Fig.3 illustrates the layout of a specialized keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention. The keyboard is designed for operations connected with Internet. When you press a key 31 to 36 viewing system will be addressed to the appropriate Web site. When you press 37 viewing system will be addressed to the Web page that contains a link to the search servers, such as an information server WWW, Infoseek (search server information), and so on, When you press 38 the current page will be printed.

Despite the fact that the keyboard of Fig.3 is constructed similarly to commonly used 101-key keyboard, the button 31 is equal to the keys F1 and F2 in Fig.1 together. The same is true for the keys 32 through 36.

Fig.4 illustrates a keyboard for applications intended for young users, in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention. Keys 40 are of various shapes, such as triangular, round or heart-shaped. Because of the small age of the users of this keyboard number of keys is relatively small.

In addition, the user can construct the location clavey have other icons and text.

In the prior art, the user had to perform several operations in order to execute the program. For example, in applications based on Windows, the user must navigate to "program files" and then choose the program that he wants to use. The process can be simplified through the use of "shortcuts", but not all users know how to create a shortcut. In addition, very young children cannot read, and therefore, the execution of the application program without desktop icons is impossible.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, the type of keyboard is discoverable. Replacement part 20 of the keyboard contains IC (integrated circuit) 70, which provides a unique code, which identifies the type of the keyboard and the base 10 of the keyboard contains the device 80 recognition data, which can identify code that is stored in the IC (integrated circuit) 70.

Determine the type of keyboard simplifies the operation of the host computer as the main computer controlled in order to perform the application task, which has been specialized the application tasks every time when removed the removable part of the keyboard. Special installation may be user-defined or pre-defined with the help of software that satisfies the user preferences, such as small or large icons, different levels of control, etc. When using large icons, the user accesses less data than when using small icons, therefore, small icons are usually less suitable for experienced users, while the large icons are better for beginners.

Whenever there are multiple programs that use the same type of keyboard, the software that monitors the keyboard can display a menu from which the user can choose a suitable executable program. For example, the famous football game FIFA has several versions, such as FIFA 98, FIFA 99, etc. Therefore, if a different version of the software installed on the same host computer, the user should be given the option of choosing a running version.

There is typically a software component running on the host device is there are many ways to to program "watchmen", such as a connection through the address of the interrupt keyboard, as any programmer knows, the person skilled in the technical field.

In accordance with the embodiment of the invention, the detection of the unique ID of the keyboard is performed using physical contact in a manner similar to the insertion of an electronic card in the slot of the computer.

In accordance with another embodiment of the invention, the detection of the unique ID of the keyboard is performed using electro-optical means. For example, many of the photoelectric elements is a permanent part of the keyboard. Removable part of the keyboard contains a light source that illuminates some of photovoltaic cells, while some elements remain unlit. Lit elements can be considered as "1", and the dark elements can be considered as "0". Consequently, contains a binary representation that represents the ID of the keyboard.

In accordance with another embodiment of the invention, the system determines the unique number of the keyboard using the radio between the removable part 20 of the keyboard and the base 10 of the keyboard. For AI, while the receiver is on a permanent part of the keyboard.

Alternatively, read the information embedded in the removable part 20 of the keyboard is performed using RF (radio frequency) transmission, which provides the energy required for operation of the storage device 70, in which is embedded ID. Thus, the memory device 70 is "passive".

In accordance with another embodiment of the invention the identification of the type of the keyboard is performed using constant contact, which leads to the constant pushing of one or group of keys. In this case, ID is a combination of actuated keys (keys). The software component "watchmen", which runs on the host computer, monitors a combination of keystrokes. After changing combinations of watchdog checks the immutability of a new combination for a predetermined time period. If the combination remains this period, then the software component "watchmen" performs the operations associated with the identified type of the keyboard.

For example, the protruding portion includes the letter "F" and "I". Whenever a component software “watchmen” detect ertificate type keyboard can also be performed using a combination of one or more of the mentioned funds.

Fig.5 schematically illustrates a keyboard in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention.

In accordance with the prior art, the sensing elements 11 are arranged so that the pressing 40 moves her down, where she then touches the sensing element 11. In the diagrams, built-in keyboard, transform the state of the sensors into digital values that represent the corresponding key. These values are transmitted to the host computer.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the base key is removable. As there is no electrical connection between the keys 40 and sensitive elements 11, delete keys cannot cause a short circuit. Therefore, the keys can be removed without causing any interference to the operation of the main computer.

Fig.6 schematically illustrates the bending of a removable part of the keyboard into three parts in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention. This attribute reduces the size required for storing the removable part of the keyboard. Therefore, the removable part of the keyboard can be packaged on the packaging, and can thus be sold. In addition, since the number of keys required for the different implementations is very small, it is possible to design a replacement part 20 of the keyboard so that all keys will be concentrated in a small area, therefore, its size is compact.

The separation between the removable part and the base of the keyboard provides more signs that may be suitable for the development of new applied problems and implementations. For example, some attempt was made to provide secure access to purchasing transactions over the Internet, such as "smart cards", whereby the user inserts the appropriate reader in the computer. As such the reader is not required for any other application, its presence in personal computers is very rare. However, in accordance with the invention, the removable part of the keyboard can be used with suitable diagrams as a "smart card", which works as an ID card. Thus, you do not need to use reader smart card, and a new firewall interface offer users DL is of the keyboard may contain additional codes some of them built into the keyboard (such as the type of replacement parts), and some of them are programmed (such as user ID).

Replacement part may actually be a lot of parts. For example, an auxiliary keyboard 101-key keyboard can be made consisting of two parts that work independently: the keypad is made as a separate part for other keys that are on the other hard part of the keyboard. Thus, instead of a keypad, the user can use the other part, which is related to another application, such as a computer game or application task associated with the Internet.

The above examples and description, of course, provided only for the purpose of illustration and are not intended to limit the invention in any way. As will be clear to the expert that the invention can be performed in a wide variety of ways, using more than one method of the ways described above, all without leaving the scope of the invention.

Claims

1. Keyboard for use as an input device for the host computer, and referred to the e l e C containing a set of keys, each of which has contact with the ground and is held by the base, and the removable part is associated with a specific application software running on the host computer using this set of keys, these replaceable part includes a storage device containing identification data (ID) associated with said particular application, a constant part, which is referred replaceable part, and mentioned a permanent part contains I) a set of contacts, each of which corresponds to one or more contacts mentioned replacement part for receiving input data, II) the device identification data to read and identify the said ID of the above-mentioned storage device, III) first means for transferring data to send to the mentioned ID from the device identification data in said data device; and (IV) the device data for transmission to the mentioned ID and the entered data from the mentioned set of keys in said main computer to allow the aforementioned host computer to perform the mentioned specific pricewater under item 1, in which mentioned the removable portion is bent into many parts.

3. Keyboard under item 1, in which the device identification data detects ID using one or more means selected from the group consisting of an electronic tool, electro-optical means, Electromechanical means, magnetic means.

4. Keyboard under item 1, in which the arrangement of the keys is compatible with a standard 101-key keyboard.

5. Keyboard for use as an input device for the host computer, and mentioned the computer may run one or more application tasks software containing removable portion containing a set of keys, each of which has contact with the ground and is held by the base, and the removable part is associated with a specific application software running on the host computer using this set of keys, a constant part, which is referred replaceable part, and mentioned a permanent part contains I) a set of contacts, each of which corresponds to one or more contacts mentioned replacement parts, for receiving input data, (II) a means of data transfer in which ement, the speaker of replacement parts, for the application of mechanical force to a predetermined contact in the above-mentioned constant part whenever mentioned replacement part is placed in the above-mentioned permanent part, with the aforementioned mechanical force leads to the transfer of the data ID associated with a specific set of keys, in the above-mentioned host computer through the said means for transferring data after expired pre-defined period, in order to enable the aforementioned host computer to perform the mentioned application specific task of the software upon the premises mentioned replaceable part of a constant part.

6. The keyboard on p. 5, in which the mentioned replacement part is bent into many parts.

7. The keyboard on p. 5, in which the arrangement of the keys is compatible with a standard 101-key keyboard.

8. System for use as an input device for a host computer that contains the keyboard, p. 1, a software component for reading the ID issued by the said keyboard, and run a single program or programs, and/or one or more application tasks, and/or one or more predetermined operations, and anytym the main computer, these program (s) mentioned application task (applied problems) and the above-mentioned operation (operations) associated with the mentioned ID.

9. The system under item 8, which mentions the activities are designed to configure mentioned host computer.

10. System for use as an input device for a host computer that contains the keyboard under item 5, the software component for reading the ID issued by the said keyboard, and run a single program or programs, and/or one or more application tasks, and/or one or more predetermined operations, and referred to the software component is in the above-mentioned host computer and is referred to the main computer, with the above program (s) mentioned application task (applied problems) and the above-mentioned operation (operations) associated with the mentioned ID.

11. The system under item 10, which mentions the activities are designed to configure mentioned host computer.

12. The way to connect the keyboard to the main computer, containing the following steps: (a) provide the user with the keyboard under item 1 is to perform one or more application tasks of the software; b) provide a software component to identify the said ID and run a single program or programs, and/or one or more application tasks, and/or one predetermined operation or more predetermined operations, and a software component is referred to the main computer and is referred to the main computer, referred to(s) program (s) mentioned application(s) task(s) and the said(s) operation (operation) associated with the said ID; (c) provide the connection between the mentioned replacement part and referred to the standing part with contact after placement mentioned replaceable part on said fixed part; (d) identify the ID using the device identification data; (e) transmit mentioned ID from the said keyboard in said main computer via the said connection; (f) perform one or more programs, and/or one or more application tasks, and/or one predefined operation or more predefined operations, these(s) program(s) referred to(s) application(s) task(s) and the said(s) operation (operation) associated with these And the

 

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