05418684 is referenced by 77 patents and cites 41 patents.

A portable, hand-held data collection terminal unit is of modular structure including among other modules a display screen module, a keyboard module and a base module, each of which may be chosen from a plurality of modules available for assembly into the terminal unit. Consequently, a wide combination of terminal units may be assembled from a comparatively limited number of modular choices, such that the cost of assembly of a terminal unit with specific functions may be minimized. A particular selected module is a scanning module including a pivotable scanning head to permit a user to adjust the scanning head to a convenient position for operating the scanning module without sacrifice of visual access to a display screen of the display screen module. The display screen module may be selected from modules of standard width equal to the width of the terminal unit, of extended width extending when assembled to a selected keyboard module beyond either or both lateral edges of the terminal unit. The selected display screen module may include one of different sized screens, function keys and alphabetical keys.

Title
Hand-held data capture system with interchangeable modules
Application Number
364902
Publication Number
5418684
Application Date
February 4, 1994
Publication Date
May 23, 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 Jr
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
Simmons Perrine Albright & Ellwood
Assignee
Norand Corporation
IA, US
IPC
H05K 7/14
H05K 7/10
G06F 1/16
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