Input Devices

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An input device for a computer allows you to enter information. This note provides an information about input devices.
Input Devices

Keyboard:

It is an input device and contains alphabet from a-z, digit from 0-9, with special character like !, @, #, $, %, <, >, / etc. when a key is pressed, an electrical signal is generated which is detected by keyboard encoder. Keyboard encoder is a special IC chip which generates the binary code in the form of ASCII (American standard Code for Information Interchange).

For example, if we press 'A' in a keyboard its decimal equivalent is 65 and its ASCII equivalent is 1000001. Similarly The decimal equivalent for 'B' is 66 and its ASCII equivalent is 1000010 and so on.

Mouse:

Optical mouse uses the principle of reflection of light to move the crosser at required position on screen. (LED) A light emitting diode on the bottom of the mouse directs a beam of light reflected back into the special pad having a grid of alternating lines. Pulses are generated which is used to report mouse moment to processor.

Scanner:

This device converts any document or photos into digital image. A scanner digitizes anything as an image i.e. divided into grids of small dots called pixel and represent each dot with red, blue, green color. The resulting matrix of bits can be stored in file and can be displayed in screen. It uses a light technology to read the I formation recorded in paper using light source and light senser.

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Optical Bar-Code Reader:

Bar-codes are the vertical line of varying thickness and spacing between them to indicate desire information. The devices which reads the vertical lie is called bar-code reader which converts each line into electrical signal. The most commonly used bar-code is Universal Product Code (UPC). The UPC code uses a series of vertical bars which are represented as 10 digit. The first five digit represent as supplier or manufacture and second five represent the product name.

Touch Screen:

It is an input as well as output device which is used to select required command botton on the screen. The screen are made from pressure sensitive material like mylar, piezo electric material etc. In case of piezo electric material, when user presses the required position there is change in capacitance which is sensed by the device. Similarly, In case of mylar material each sheet contains rows of invisible wires. The sheets are pressed in such a way that wire runs horizontally in one sheet and vertically on other. When user applies pressure on screen, the wires may get contact at the point and circuit is closed. This is sensed and sent to the processor.

Voice input system:

We can input data and instruction to the computer by our voice without using keyboard. Some computer also use voice recognization system. In voice input system, in speech is converted into electrical signal by use of microphone. The signals are sent to processor for processing. The signal pattern is compared with the pattern already stored in memory. A word is recognized only when a correct match is found and then computer gives corresponding output.

Things to remember
  • An input device for a computer allows you to enter information.
  • Optical mouse uses the principle of reflection of light to move the crosser at required position on screen.
  • Keyboard is an input device and contains alphabet from a-z, digit from 0-9, with special character like !, @, #, $, %, <, >, / etc.
  • Bar-codes are the vertical line of varying thickness and spacing between them to indicate desire information. 
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  • It is a network of social relationships which cannot see or touched.
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Bar Code Reader is also an input device which reads vertical band of lines known as bar codes (standard codes) and converts them to electrical pulses which are sent to the computer for processing. It helps to identify product quality, model & price.

An input device is the medium through which data and instruction are entered into the computer. They are:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Keyboard is a primary input device which is used for entering data to the computer for processing. The main function of keyboard is to generate the related binary code and send to the computer.
Mouse is a pointing input device which is used to point & move cursor around the screen & select GUI objects.
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