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input device

Etymology: L, in, within; ME, putten, to place
an implement that allows for the entry of commands or information for processing in a form acceptable to a computer, such as a mouse, keyboard, tape drive, disk drive, microphone, or light pen.

input device

In assistive technology, the device that activates an electronic device. This can be a manual switch, a remote control, or a joystick.
See: switch
See also: device
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In order to integrate the handling of the input device into the theoretical framework of perceptual-motor skill learning (Fitts, 1964) and to evaluate the ergonomic quality of the different types of notebook input devices, we compared touchpad experts with mini-joystick experts (expert-expert comparison).
Input devices that can be accessed with typing aids include trackballs, touch screens, switches, specialized software such as mouth sticks, and alternative keyboards (Alliance for Technology Access, 2000).
Furthermore the data from various input devices need to be propagated to other devices and systems and video retraces for the different video outputs must be synchronized [6].
During the development of the current family of POC input systems, Planar experimented with and evaluated just about every type of data input device.