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Abax Systems Inc. - North Vancouver, BC
To develop the electronics and the housing for an electronic
abacus to be sold into the Japanese educational system.
Electrical and mechanical design engineering plus providing
the firmware and one fully functional prototype.
The electronic abacus was meant as an input device for a newly
developed educational computer program. This input device had
to be handheld and resemble as close as possible an original
abacus. It additionally needed to emulate part of a computer
keyboard, namely the number key pad, a clear button, the
F1 to F7 keys and the arrow keys, in order to allow
manual interaction with the computer.
The device was implemented using a
microprocessor, optical switches, a thermo-formed enclosure,
and screen printed overlays. Herewith, a fully functional
prototype which measures approximately 8" x 5" x 1"
(20 cm x 13 cm x 3 cm) was provided, keeping tooling costs
to a minimum.
Less than two months after commencement of this
project, KLN delivered the complete working electronic abacus
to the client, who then took it with all the electronic and
mechanical documentation produced by KLN to Japan, to have
these units built and sold there.
Contract Design Engineering, Prototyping, and Manufacturing Services
KLN KLEIN Product Development Inc.
(Located in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Area)
19787 - 56th Avenue, Langley, B.C., V3A 3X8, CANADA
Phone: (604) 530-1491 Fax: (604) 530-6241
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