Definition - What does Input Device mean?
An input device is a hardware or peripheral device used to send data to a computer. An input device allows users to communicate and feed instructions and data to computers for processing, display, storage and/or transmission.
Techopedia explains Input Device
Because input devices are geared toward user-computer interaction, they are used to transform user actions or commands into electronic signals that are understood by computers.
Examples of input devices include:
- Keyboards: Allow users to input alphanumeric data and commands
- Pointing devices and game controllers: Allow users to direct application software and interact with graphical user interfaces
- Audio and video devices: Allow users to capture sound and images
Input also may come from other computers via input/output (I/O) devices, like network adapters and Bluetooth devices.