4. Input device

input device example

An input device is a piece of hardware that is used to enter data into a computer or a similar processing device such as a smart phone.

Input devices are usually categoried as either manual or automatic.

Examples of manual input devices are:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Touchpad
  • Joystick
  • Touchscreen
  • Concept keyboard
  • Scanner
  • Graphics tablet
  • Microphone
  • Digital camera

Examples of automatic input devices are:

  • Barcode readers
  • Optical mark reader (OMR)
  • Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR)
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Magnetic stripe readers
  • Sensors
  • Biometric devices


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