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1. WO1996006486 - MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER KEYBOARD

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What is claimed is:

1. A multimedia apparatus, comprising:
a computer keyboard mounted to a housing;
at least one speaker mounted within said housing to form an internal speaker;
at least one microphone mounted to said housing to form a built-in microphone; and
a headphone jack and a microphone jack mounted on said housing for connecting external speakers, headphones and microphone;
whereby said computer keyboard integrates numerous hardware components into a single unitary apparatus.

2. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 1, further including audio circuitry to operate said at least one speaker and keyboard circuitry that is physically and electrically separate from said audio circuitry.

3. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 2, further including a control panel; said control panel being affixed to said housing wherein said control panel permits said audio circuitry control.

4. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 3, further including a cable containing a plurality of wires, whereby said plurality of wires provides interconnection from said computer keyboard to a computer CPU and a sound card.

5. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 4, further including interrupt circuitry connected to said headphone jack and said microphone jack, thereby allowing audio conduction only through said external speakers, said external headphones and said external microphone.

6. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 5, wherein at least one of said plurality of wires contained within said cable electrically connects said built-in microphone to said computer CPU and said sound card.

7. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 6, wherein said built-in microphone is attached to said housing and is pivoting and retractable.

8. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 3, wherein said control panel further includes an LED display for indicating audio circuitry response.

9. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 1, further including said at least one microphone being arranged whereby feedback of unwanted noise is reduced.

10. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 1, further including a telecommunications means that connects to said housing.

11. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 1, wherein a floppy disk drive means is incorporated into said housing.

12. The multimedia apparatus of Claim 1, wherein a CD-ROM disk drive is incorporated into said housing.

13. A computer system, comprising:
a computer CPU contained within an enclosure;
a video monitor electrically connected to said computer CPU;
a sound card contained within said enclosure and electrically connected to said computer CPU for converting digital sound input to analog sound output;
a keyboard mounted to a housing;
at least one speaker mounted within said housing to form an internal speaker;
at least one microphone mounted to said housing to form a built-in microphone;

a headphone jack and a microphone jack mounted on said housing for connection to external speakers and headphones;
audio circuitry mounted within said housing, said audio circuitry being electrically connected to said sound card, said at least one microphone, said at least one speakers, said microphone jack and said headphone jack;
keyboard circuitry mounted within said housing, said keyboard circuitry being electrically connected to said computer CPU and said keyboard, said audio circuitry and said keyboard circuitry being mounted in a spaced configuration;
said audio circuitry further including interrupt circuitry to disengage said at least one internal speaker when said external speakers are connected to said speaker jack and to disengage said built-in microphone when said external microphones are connected to said microphone jack.

14. The computer system of Claim 13, further including a control panel mounted to said housing wherein said control panel is used to control said audio circuitry.

15. The computer system of Claim 14, wherein said control panel further includes a plurality of light emanating nodes to form an LED display for indicating said audio circuitry response.

16. The computer system of Claim 15, further including a cable containing a plurality of wires, whereby said plurality of wires provides interconnection from said computer keyboard to said computer CPU and said sound card.

17. The computer system of Claim 13, wherein said built-in microphone is attached to said housing.

18. The computer system of Claim 13, wherein a floppy disk drive means is incorporated into said housing.

19. The computer system of Claim 13, wherein a CD-ROM disk drive is incorporated into said housing.

20. The computer system of Claim 19, wherein said cable further contains said floppy disk drive and said CD-ROM disk drive wires.

21. The computer system of Claim 20, wherein said cable further contains a power supply line to drive said audio circuitry independent of said keyboard circuitry.

22. The computer system of Claim 13, further including a telecommunications means that connects to said housing.

23. The computer system of Claim 13, further including said at least one microphone being arranged whereby feedback of unwanted noise is reduced.