Method and device for remote function key

Application Number: 00104925
Application Date: 2000.03.30
Publication Number: 1290876
Publication Date: 2001.04.11
Priority Information: 1999/6/30 US 09/343864
International: G06F3/00
Applicant(s) Name: Hewlett-Packarad Co.
Inventor(s) Name: K.J. Yangers
Patent Agency Code: 72001
Patent Agent: wang yong
Abstract A remote function key 100 is disclosed that permits computer functions to be invoked (controlled) remotely from a computer 140. The remote function key 100 may be mounted in a location convenient for an end user or close to the particular function to be implemented. The remote function key 100 may be portable or worn by the end user for ease of access by the end user. Preferably, the remote function key 100 may be wireless and battery operated, transmitting a wireless control signal to the computer 140 in order to invoke a computer function. The remote function key 100 may be programmed with software and may be programmed to implement more than one function or may be reprogrammed to invoke different functions as functions and needs change.