Accession Number : ADD012773

Title :   Optical Mark Reader.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Archambeault,Bruce R ; Rancour,David P

Report Date : 03 Feb 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The reading of the presence or absence of a pencil or similar mark at various locations on a sheet of paper is accomplished by an optical Mark-Reader comprised of a completely solid state sensing mechanism with no moving parts. The Optical Mark Reader (OMR) contains a matrix of light sensitive transistors with their geometry and logic circuits capable of being tailored for a plurality of answer sheets. The internal logic circuits enable certain sections of the page to be read, generate a delay time while the data is being gathered, tell the host computer when the data is complete, and resets the OMR operator control system for successive page readings. Finally, the internal logic circuits and output bus of the OMR takes the raw data from the answer sheets and presents information on an output bus in a format allowing any computer (even a micro-computer) to be the host computer. (Patents)

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *OPTICAL DETECTORS, *OPTICAL SCANNING, READING, CONTROL SYSTEMS, LOGIC CIRCUITS, DELAY, DETECTION, INTERNAL, LIGHT, SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS, PAPER, SENSITIVITY, SHEETS, TIME, TRANSISTORS

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors
      Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE