Patent Number: 7,822,353

Title: Image forming apparatus

Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes an operations section that operates the image forming apparatus, the operations section being rotatably supported by an apparatus main body; an operations section holding unit that holds the operations section at a predetermined angle with respect to the apparatus main body; an external force detecting unit that detects an external force applied to the operations section in a rotational direction of the operations section; an operations section rotating unit that rotates the operations section in a direction of the external force; and a control unit to activate the operations section rotating unit in response to detection of the external force by the external force detecting unit.

Inventors: Koike; Kazuo (Kanagawa, JP), Inoue; Takashi (Saitama, JP), Shiota; Hideharu (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00