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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Multifunction Touch Keyboard Module", for Approval

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors LIN, Yu-Kai (Grand Cayman, KY); HSU, Wen-Chi (Grand Cayman, KY), filed on January 14, 2013, was made available online on July 24, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Ko Ja (cayman) Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a keyboard module, and especially relates to a multifunction touch keyboard module integrating an ordinary area (also can be referred to a text-input area), a function area, and a mouse movement area.

"The touch technology is progressing every day. Therefore, the traditional physical keys for the electronic devices are replaced by the touch keys or touch screens.

"For example, the touch screens for the electronic devices (such as smart phones or Tablet PCs) are used as display units and input units. Therefore, the physical keyboards are not required for the smart phones or Tablet PCs. The users use the touch screens to operate the electronic devices (for example, keying texts or symbols). The space occupied by the physical keyboard is saved. The size of the screen is larger, and the weight of the electronic device is lighter.

"However, keying texts or symbols on the touch screen is not as convenient as keying texts or symbols on the physical keyboard. Therefore, the user will want to use an external physical keyboard for keying a lot of texts or symbols (such as writing reports or replying emails). Keying texts or symbols on the physical keyboard is more convenient and faster than keying texts or symbols on the touch screen.

"However, the related art external keyboard does not provide mouse functions. The user still has to use the touch screen for mouse functions, or an external mouse will be required. Therefore, it will be convenient if keyboard functions and mouse functions are integrated in a module."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "An object of the present invention is to provide a multifunction touch keyboard module. A first area of the multifunction touch keyboard module is switchable between an ordinary area and a mouse movement area. The ordinary area is used for keying texts or symbols. The mouse movement area is used for moving a mouse cursor of an electronic device.

"A function area of the multifunction touch keyboard module is used for function keys. The function area is different from the first area. Therefore, the function area is preserved while the first area is switched between the ordinary area and the mouse movement area. The user can control the mouse cursor on the mouse movement area and use function keys on the function area at the same time.

"In order to achieve the object mentioned above, the multifunction touch keyboard module includes a touch panel. The touch panel includes the ordinary area and the function area. The ordinary area and the function area are opposite to trigger positions of keys. The ordinary area is used for keying texts or symbols. The function area is used for function keys. The ordinary area is switched to the mouse movement area when a switching condition is achieved. The user can touch the mouse movement area to control the mouse cursor.

"The efficiency of the present invention is that the ordinary area for keying texts or symbols and the mouse movement area for controlling the mouse cursor are integrated in the first area of the multifunction touch keyboard module. The first area is switchable between the ordinary area and the mouse movement area. Moreover, the function area is preserved whether the first area is switched to the ordinary area or the mouse movement area. Therefore, the user can control the mouse cursor and use function keys at the same time, so that some special operations (such as selecting a plurality of files by the mouse cursor) will be achieved.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWING

"FIG. 1A shows a diagram of a first embodiment of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention.

"FIG. 1B shows a diagram of a second embodiment of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 shows a diagram of a third embodiment of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 shows a diagram of a first status of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 shows a diagram of a second status of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 shows a flow chart of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 shows a diagram of a third status of the multifunction touch keyboard module of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: LIN, Yu-Kai; HSU, Wen-Chi. Multifunction Touch Keyboard Module. Filed January 14, 2013 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3828&p=77&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

Keywords for this news article include: Ko Ja (cayman) Co. Ltd.

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