05410141 is referenced by 531 patents and cites 105 patents.

The disclosure relates to battery powered hand-held data entry terminals wherein a peripheral module may contain an automatically operating full image reader and a wireless communication unit. The reader reads at least one full line of indicia and may comprise a laser bar code scanner or a flash type image reader. Preferably the reader has uniform resolution in orthogonal directions in the field of view so that an area image can be read at any arbitrary angular orientation and re-oriented as a stored digital image to a normalized orientation before decoding. The user interface may lie in a first longitudinally extended layer and the peripheral module may lie in a second longitudinally extended adjoining layer. In normal reading disposition of the automatic reader, the user interface may be close to its normal orientation for user interaction therewith to provide for smooth transitions between reading and user interaction operations. A hand grip portion preferably underlies the user interface for comfortable support thereof during manual actuations. The peripheral module and hand grip portion may be used entirely separately from the user interface and may have a wireless link with the user interface. The user interface may comprise a digitizer/display with resolution for accurately digitizing and displaying a person's signature. Signatures may also be digitized via an optical full image reader for immediate verification.

Title
Hand-held data capture system with interchangable modules
Application Number
364594
Publication Number
5410141
Application Date
January 7, 1992
Publication Date
April 25, 1995
Inventor
Stephen J Kelly
Marion
IA, US
William T Gibbs
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Darrell L Boatwright
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Robert G Geers
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Darald R Schultz
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
George E Hanson
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Keith K Cargin
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Dennis A Durbin
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Ronald L Mahany
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Arvin D Danielson
Solon
IA, US
Phillip Miller
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Steven E Koenck
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Agent
McAndrews Held
Agent
R Lew Gable
Assignee
Norand
IA, US
IPC
G06K 7/10
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