0304820-A2 is referenced by 12 patents and cites 3 patents.

A control system comprises a liquid crystal display panel; a light source; light detector means; and means for directing light through at least a portion of the liquid crystal display panel to the light detector means. Control means are provided for holding the liquid crystal display in generally opaque condition while preferably sequentially momentarily clarifying segments of the portion, whereby momentary, sequential, transversely spaced light beams are generated between the light source and the light detector means. Timer and logic means are provided for correlating signals received from the light detector means with generated, individual, spaced light beams that create said signals. Accordingly, occlusion of at least one of the individual light beams with an opaque member causes a specific characteristic response by the timer and logic means.; In other words, when one of the individual light beams is occluded, the timer and logic means emits a characteristic signal which might activate a relay, send an instruction to a microprocessor, or cause some other action.

Title
Control panel with display.
Application Number
EP19880113517 19880819
Publication Number
0304820 (A2)
Application Date
August 19, 1988
Publication Date
March 1, 1989
Inventor
Beiswenger John L
Assignee
Technomarket
US
IPC
G06K 11/06
G06F 03/023
G06F 03/033
G06F 03/023
G05B 24/00
G06F 03/041
G06F 03/033
G06F 03/023
G05B 24/02
G06F 03/042
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