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DSST Computers #5

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Air Mouse Newer type of motion-sensing mouse that, in addition to the typical buttons, allows you to control objects, media players, and slide shows by moving the mouse in predetermined directions through the air.
All-in-one device Output device that looks like a printer or copy machine but provides the functionality of a printer, scanner, copy machine, and perhaps a fax machine. See also multifunction peripheral.
Audio Input Process of entering any sound, such as speech, music, and sound effects, into the computer.
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Special-purpose terminal, connected to a host computer through a network that functions as a self-service banking machine.
Bar Code Identification code consisting of either vertical lines and spaces of different widths or a two-dimensional pattern of dots, squares, and other images that represent a manufacturer and an item.
Biometrics Technology of authenticating a person's identity by verifying a personal characteristic.
Click Wheel Touch-sensitive scroll pad on a portable media player that users rotate to browse through song, picture, or movie lists and press to play or pause media, display a menu, and other actions.
CRT Monitor Type of desktop monitor that contains a cathode-ray tube.
Dance Pad Flat electronic device divided into panels that users press with their feet in response to instructions from a music video game.
Data Projector Output device that takes the text and images displaying on a computer screen and projects them on a larger screen so an audience can see the image clearly.
Digital Camera Mobile device that allows users to take pictures and stores the photographed images digitally, instead of on traditional film
Digital Pen Input device that allows users to write or draw on the screen by pressing the pen and issue instructions to a Tablet PC by tapping on the screen.
Digital Photo Printer Thermal printer that uses heat to transfer colored dye to specially coated paper.
Digital Video (DV) Camera Video camera that records video as digital signals instead of as analog signals.
Display Device Output device that visually conveys text, graphics, and video information.
Dot-Matrix Printer Type of impact printer that produces printed images when tiny wire pins on a print head mechanism strike an inked ribbon.
DVD Kiosk Self-service DVD rental machine that connects to a host computer through a network.
Earbuds Audio output device that rests inside the ear canal. See also earphones.
Earphones Audio output device that rests inside the ear canal. See also earbuds.
Ergonomics The science of incorporating comfort, efficiency, and safety into the design of the workplace.
Fingerprint Reader Biometric device that captures curves and indentations of a fingerprint and compares them with those of a stored image.
Flatbed Scanner Type of light-sensing input device that scans a document and creates a file of the document in memory instead of a paper copy.
Game Controller Input device that directs movements and actions of on-screen objects in video and computer games.
Gamepad Input device that controls the movement and actions of players or objects in video games or computer games.
Graphics Tablet Flat, rectangular, electronic, plastic board that is used to create drawings and sketches.
Headphones Audio output device that covers or is placed outside the ear.
Headset Device that functions as both headphones and a microphone.
Impact Printer Type of printer that forms characters and graphics on a piece of paper by striking a mechanism against an inked ribbon that physically contacts the paper.
Ink-Jet Printer Type of nonimpact printer that forms characters and graphics by spraying tiny drops of liquid ink on a piece of paper.
Input Any data and instructions entered into the memory of a computer.
Input Device Any hardware component that allows users to enter data and instructions into a computer.
Interactive Whiteboard Touch-sensitive device, resembling a dry-erase board, that displays the image on a connected computer screen.
Joystick Pointing device used for games or flight and driving simulations that is a vertical lever mounted on a base.
Keyboard Input device that contains keys users press to enter data and instructions into a computer.
Kiosk Free-standing computer that usually includes a touch screen.
Large-Format Printer Printer that creates photo-realistic quality color prints, used mainly by graphic artists.
Laser Mouse Mouse type that uses a laser sensor.
Laser Printer Type of high-speed, high-quality nonimpact printer that creates images using a laser beam and powdered ink called toner.
LCD Monitor Desktop monitor that uses a liquid crystal display instead of a cathode-ray tube to produce images on a screen, resulting in a sharp, flicker-free display. Also called flat-panel monitor
Light Gun Input device used in video and computer games to shoot targets and moving objects after you pull the trigger on the weapon.
Line Printer Type of high-speed impact printer that prints an entire line at a time.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Type of display that uses a liquid compound to present information on a display device.
MICR Technology that reads text printed with magnetized ink.
MICR Reader Reading device that converts MICR characters into a form that a computer can process.
Microsoft Surface Touch screen with a 30-inch tabletop display that allows one or more people to interact with the screen using their fingers or hands.
Mobile Printer Small, lightweight, battery-powered printer used by a mobile user to print from a notebook computer, Tablet PC, smart phone, or other personal mobile device while traveling.
Monitor Display device that is packaged as a separate peripheral.
Mouse Pointing device that fits comfortably under the palm of a user's hand.
Multifunction Peripheral Output device that looks like a printer or copy machine but provides the functionality of a printer, scanner, copy machine, and perhaps a fax machine. See also all-in-one device.
Nonimpact Printer Type of printer that forms characters and graphics on a piece of paper without actually striking the paper.
OCR devices Optical character recognition devices that include small optical scanners for reading characters and sophisticated software to analyze what is read.
Optical character recognition (OCR) Optical reader technology that involves reading typewritten, computer-printed, or hand-printed characters from ordinary documents and translating the images to a form that a computer can process.
Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) Optical reader technology that reads hand-drawn marks such as small circles or rectangles.
Optical Mouse Mouse that uses devices, such as optical sensors or lasers, that emit and sense light to detect the mouse's movement.
Output Data that has been processed into a useful form.
Output Device Any hardware component that conveys information to one or more people.
PC Video Camera Type of digital video camera that enables a home or small business user to capture video and still images, send e-mail messages with video attachments, add live images to instant messages, broadcast live images over the Internet, and make video telephone
Pen Input Input method in which you touch a stylus or digital pen on a flat surface to write, draw, and make selections.
Photo Printer Type of nonimpact color printer that produces photo-lab-quality pictures.
PictBridge Standard technology used with photo printers that allows you to print photos directly from a digital camera by connecting a cable from the digital camera to a USB port on the printer.
Pixel The smallest element in an electronic image. Short for picture element.
Plotters Sophisticated printers that produce high-quality drawings such as blueprints, maps, and circuit diagrams using a row of charged wires (called styli) to draw an electrostatic pattern on specially coated paper and then fuse toner to the pattern.
Pointer Small symbol displayed on a computer screen whose location and shape changes as a user moves a pointing device.
Pointing Device Input device that allows a user to control a pointer on the screen.
Pointing Stick Pressure-sensitive pointing device shaped like a pencil eraser that is positioned between keys on a keyboard and moved by pushing the pointing stick with a finger.
POS Terminal Terminal used by retail stores to record purchases, process credit or debit cards, and update inventory.
Printer Output device that produces text and graphics on a physical medium such as paper or transparency film.
Resolution The number of horizontal and vertical pixels in a display device.
Scanner Light-sending input device that reads printed text and graphics and then translates the results into a form the computer can process. See also optical scanner.
Signature Capture Pad Pen input device that captures handwritten signatures with a stylus or pen that is attached to the device.
Speakers Audio output devices that generate sound.
Speech Recognition Computer's capability of distinguishing spoken words. Also called voice recognition.
Stylus Small metal or plastic device that looks like a ballpoint pen, but uses pressure instead of ink to write, draw, or make selections.
Terminal Computer, usually with limited processing power, that enables users to send data to and/or receive information from a host computer.
Thermal Printer Type of nonimpact printer that generates images by pushing electrically heated pins against heat-sensitive paper.
Touch Screen Touch-sensitive display device with which users interact by touching areas of the screen.
Touch-Sensitive Pad Input device that enables users to scroll through and play music, view pictures, watch videos or movies, adjust volume, and/or customize settings.
Touchpad Small, flat, rectangular pointing device that is sensitive to pressure and motion.
Trackball Stationary pointing device with a ball on its top or side.
Turnaround Document Document that a user returns to the company that has created and sent it.
Video Conference Meeting between two or more geographically separated people who use a network or the Internet to transmit audio and video data.
Video Input Process of capturing full-motion images and storing them on a computer's storage medium.
Video Output Audio output that occurs when a user hears a person's voice or when a computer talks to the user through the speakers on the computer.
Voice Recognition Computer's capability of distinguishing spoken words. Also called speech recognition.
Web Cam Digital video camera that enables a home or small business user to capture video and still images, send e-mail messages with video attachments, add live images to instant messages, broadcast live images over the Internet, and make live video telephone cal
Wheel Steering wheel-type input device that is used to simulate driving a vehicle.
Widescreen Term used to refer to LCD monitors that are wider than they are tall.
Wii Remote Nintendo's motion-sensing input device that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate with the Wii game console.
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