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They Invented What? (No. 62)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 29, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,629,793:  Emoticon keyboard.

JW Note:  :-) . . . I guess I’m old-fashioned.

 smileyboard

What is claimed is:

1. A keyboard system for interfacing with an information processing system, comprising:

a keyboard including keys representing emoticons;
a keyboard processor in the keyboard, wherein the keyboard processor produces an enhanced scan code when a key representing an emoticon is pressed in the keyboard:
a keyboard driver on a computer system for interfacing with the keyboard, wherein the keyboard driver receives the enhanced scan code and determines at least one character that corresponds to the enhanced scan code; and
an application on the computer system for interfacing with the keyboard driver, therein the application receives the at least one character determined by the keyboard driver and displays an image corresponding to the at least one character.

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