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From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "This invention is directed to an electronic device switch for use in a small form factor electronic device.
"Electronic devices may have several types of input mechanisms for a user to provide instructions or commands to the electronic device. In some embodiments, the input mechanism may include a switch that may be moved in different positions. The electronic device may provide labels associated with each of the switch positions. The labels may provide any suitable information to a user, including for example a value or instruction associated with each switch position. The labels may be sequentially displayed such that only the label associated with a particular switch position is displayed when the switch is in the corresponding position.
"If the switch is a linear switch, the switch may include labels extending from each side of the switch. As the user then moves the switch within a slot, the label on each side of the switch may be displayed within the slot (e.g., such that as the switch is placed against one end of the slot, the label adjacent to the slot may be visible to the user.
"To provide a visible label for each position of the switch, the switch may include a label portion extending from each side of the switch. The existence of a label on both sides of the switch, however, may limit how close the switch may be placed to an edge of the electronic device. In particular, because the label that is displayed when the switch is away from an edge of the electronic device must be hidden from view when the switch is adjacent to the same edge, the switch must be placed at a distance at least equal to the length of the label from the edge. If the switch is retained using an adhesive coupling a cap to the electronic device, the electronic device may further require additional distance between the switch and the edge of the device to allow for adhesive between the label and the edge."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A switch assembly having a single label incorporated in the switch is provided.
"The switch may include a frame having at least one tab operative to engage an actuator of the electronic switch (e.g., an actuator of a switch coupled to a circuit board). The frame may include a nub extending from a top surface of the frame. The nub may extend out of the electronic device and be actuated by a user. In particular, a user may move the nub between a first position and a second position. The frame may include a label placed adjacent to the nub, and between the nub and the at least one tab. When the frame is in a first position, the label of the frame may be visible to a user of the electronic device, and when the frame is in a second position, a label fixed to the device and positioned underneath the frame may be visible.
"An electronic device may be provided. The exterior of the electronic device may be defined by a housing. An end cap may be positioned over an end of the housing to retain electronic device components within the housing. A first label may be fixed to a surface of the end cap such that the first label faces out of the housing. A movable switch may be placed on the end cap. The switch may include a nub and a second label placed adjacent to the nub. A cosmetic cap may be placed over the switch and over the end cap, such that the nub of the switch may extend through a slot in the cosmetic cap. The cosmetic cap may be coupled to the end cap, for example using an adhesive, such that the switch may slide in between the cosmetic cap and the end cap to selectively make visible the first and the second labels through the slot in the cosmetic cap."
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