EP1003188A3 - Ergonomic computer keyboard - Google Patents

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EP1003188A3
EP1003188A3 EP99302414A EP99302414A EP1003188A3 EP 1003188 A3 EP1003188 A3 EP 1003188A3 EP 99302414 A EP99302414 A EP 99302414A EP 99302414 A EP99302414 A EP 99302414A EP 1003188 A3 EP1003188 A3 EP 1003188A3
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keys
associated
actuate
finger
fingers
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EP1003188A2 (en
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George P. English
Norman V Morse
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Key Tronic Corp
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Key Tronic Corp
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Priority to US196326 priority
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01HELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES
    • H01H13/00Switches having rectilinearly-movable operating part or parts adapted for pushing or pulling in one direction only, e.g. push-button switch
    • H01H13/70Switches having rectilinearly-movable operating part or parts adapted for pushing or pulling in one direction only, e.g. push-button switch having a plurality of operating members associated with different sets of contacts, e.g. keyboard
    • H01H13/702Switches having rectilinearly-movable operating part or parts adapted for pushing or pulling in one direction only, e.g. push-button switch having a plurality of operating members associated with different sets of contacts, e.g. keyboard with contacts carried by or formed from layers in a multilayer structure, e.g. membrane switches
    • H01H13/705Switches having rectilinearly-movable operating part or parts adapted for pushing or pulling in one direction only, e.g. push-button switch having a plurality of operating members associated with different sets of contacts, e.g. keyboard with contacts carried by or formed from layers in a multilayer structure, e.g. membrane switches characterised by construction, mounting or arrangement of operating parts, e.g. push-buttons or keys
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01HELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES
    • H01H2215/00Tactile feedback
    • H01H2215/004Collapsible dome or bubble
    • H01H2215/006Only mechanical function
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01HELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES
    • H01H2217/00Facilitation of operation; Human engineering
    • H01H2217/044Repetitive strain injury [RSI] considerations
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01HELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES
    • H01H2227/00Dimensions; Characteristics
    • H01H2227/032Operating force
    • H01H2227/034Regulation of operating force

Abstract

A computer keyboard system 10 is illustrated having a keyboard array of keys 14 that are utilized for activating digital membrane keyswitches 32 for providing informational electrical signals to a computer. Each key 14 has an elastomeric dome 40 for resisting downward movement of a keytop 28, 50 from an un-depressed position to an actuation position and for returning the keytop 28, 50 to an un-depressed position when the actuation force is released. Each dome 40 has a collapsible side wall 44. The keys 14 are subdivided into groups 68, 70, 72, and 74 associated with the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and little finger, respectively. The collapsible side walls 44 of the domes 40 associated with the little and ring fingers are thinner than the side walls 44 of the side walls associated with the index and middle fingers so that less force is required to actuate the keys in groups associated with the ring and little fingers than that required to actuate the keys in groups associated with the index and middle fingers. Additionally the forces required to actuate a group of peripheral and control keys is greater than thatrequired to actuate the alphabetical keys.
EP99302414A 1998-11-19 1999-03-29 Ergonomic computer keyboard Withdrawn EP1003188A3 (en)

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US19632698A true 1998-11-19 1998-11-19
US196326 1998-11-19

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EP1003188A3 true EP1003188A3 (en) 2001-04-25

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US4602135A (en) * 1985-05-30 1986-07-22 Phalen Robert F Membrane switch
EP0518648A2 (en) * 1991-06-10 1992-12-16 Fujitsu Limited Adjusting keyboard "feel"
WO1994005027A1 (en) * 1992-08-18 1994-03-03 Key Tronic Corporation Computer keyboard with cantilever switch design and improved pcb/switch membrane interface
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GB2151405A (en) * 1983-12-12 1985-07-17 Kokoku Rubber Ind A spring unit for a key board
WO1985003595A1 (en) * 1984-02-03 1985-08-15 Npm International Improvements in switches and keyboards
US4602135A (en) * 1985-05-30 1986-07-22 Phalen Robert F Membrane switch
EP0518648A2 (en) * 1991-06-10 1992-12-16 Fujitsu Limited Adjusting keyboard "feel"
WO1994005027A1 (en) * 1992-08-18 1994-03-03 Key Tronic Corporation Computer keyboard with cantilever switch design and improved pcb/switch membrane interface
US5329079A (en) * 1992-08-18 1994-07-12 Key Tronic Corporation Computer keyboard with improved cantilever switch design
US5801345A (en) * 1996-06-21 1998-09-01 Acuson Corporation Keyboard assembly incorporating multiple lighting modes for improved user feedback

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