Re: voting station design issues. CPU cage and wires.

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 15:16:46 CDT

Hello Alan:
 
Well, the cage could adequately be made out of plastic, something as simple as a glorified milk crate or a vacuum formed shell. It would have 2 hinges or even just hooks facing outward on one side with a hasp for a padlock on the opposite side. There would need to be a hook eye in the underside of the table top for the padlock. The wires for the printer and monitor would arrise out a hole in the table top directly above the cage. The cage could ship seprately from the table. The table could be plastic with removable legs, kind of like a cheap patio table.
 
Wires to the peripherals are a little more of a challenge. Usually there is a power supply brick and then a light gauge power line with a friction fit power jack to the monitor. Then there is the signal cable from the CPU to the monitor. I don't think it would be too difficult
to remove the finger manipulable screw in the cables and replaced them with something along the lines of butterfly head screws. This would only need to be done where it attaches to the monitor, not down on the CPU. Still, the power line seems like a problem. Any ideas anyone. Printers have similar problems added to with the issue of friction fit USB communication cables. Also, there is the fiddle factor with the usual buttons on either a laser of ink jet printer. I think it would be difficult to remove these. Can the buttons be command locked out, say by a special driver? Ditto for the buttons on a monitor.
 
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

Alan Dechert <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
The timetable is largely a function of funding. If we get a lot of funding soon, things will move more quickly. If we remain on a shoestring--just getting enough to keep things moving ahead--it will take much longer.
 
I think one of the gating issues is the design of the voting booth. I like my design for a table with a hanging wire cage. The wire cage could be foldable. There is some real engineering to do in order to make something sturdy, cheap, easy to transport and set up, easy to store, durable, certifiable, safe, functional, looks okay, and so on. Once we have a prototype of the voting booth worked out, we'd have to look at how many units have to be made in one order to keep the price down.
 
Alan
 
 

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