ApplicationNo. 05/741638 filed on 11/15/1976
US Classes:178/79, CODE TRANSMITTERS178/17C, Keyboard341/22, Including keyboard or keypad400/100, PLURAL-KEY-ACTUATED TYPEWRITER (E.G., PERMUTATIVE KEY-BOARD)400/479, Via electrical component (e.g., switch, stylus, etc.) in or with key-board400/482, For stenographic typewriter708/142, Including specific keyboard-type information entry708/145Plural function key
ExaminersPrimary: Robinson, Mark A.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
AbstractA keyboard which has 10 keys controlled by the four fingers and four keys controlled by the thumb of the same hand. On it, the operator forms chords somewhat as a pianist forms chords on a piano. It allows the user to type at normal speed using only one hand and offers the possibility of typing at a faster rate than the conventional two-handed keyboard. The operator presses several keys at once, as when playing a chord on a piano. Each finger or thumb can press one key, or overlap two or four adjacent keys to press the two or four keys. There are 27 such finger positions on the 10 finger keys and 7 thumb positions on the four thumb keys. The thumb position on the thumb keys select the alphabet/case, output order of characters in the chord, a space character preceding the chord, and capitalizing of the first outputted character of a chord. The finger positions on the finger keys select the characters in the alphabet/case selected by the thumb position. The disclosed system describes a mechanical design of the keys, and control circuits that interpret the chords and emit signals representing the strings of characters implied by the chords.