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Chapter 5 Input by Mind Map: Chapter 5 Input
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Chapter 5 Input


Input device

An input device is any hardware component that allows users to enter data and instructions into a computer


Pointing device

A pointing device is an input device that allows a user to control a pointer on the screen

A pointer is a small symbol on the screen whose location and shape change as a user moves a pointing device




Pointing Stick

Touch Screens and Touch-Sensitive Pads

touch screen

Pen Input

With pen input, you touch a stylus or digital pen on a flat surface to write, draw, or make selections

Game Controllers

Video games and computer games use a game controller as the input device that directs movements and actions of on-screen objects


Joysticks and Wheels

Light guns

Dance pads

Motion-sensing controllers

Digital Cameras

a mobile device that allows users to take pictures and store them digitally

Studio cameras

Field cameras

Point-and-shoot camera

Two factors affect the quality of digital camera photos

Voice Input

the process of entering input by speaking into a microphone

Audio input

Video Input

the process of capturing full-motion images and storing them on a computer’s storage medium

Record video on a digital video (DV) camera or use a video capture card to convert analog signals to digital

Web cam

video conference

Scanners and Reading Devices


Pen or Handheld



Optical character recognition (OCR) involves reading characters from ordinary documents

Optical mark recognition (OMR) reads hand-drawn marks such as small circles or rectangles

A turnaround document is a document you return to the company that creates and sends it

RFID (radio frequency identification) uses radio signals to communicate with a tag placed in or attached to an object

Magnetic stripe card readers read the magnetic stripe on the back of cards such as

Biometric Input

Biometrics authenticates a person’s identity by verifying a personal characteristic


A terminal is a computer that allows users to send data to and/or receive information from a host computer