Intercept USB keyboard input

With a Delphi application, how can I intercept USB keyboard input from a Delphi application running in the background.  Unless the data starts with a particular character, the Delphi application would let pass through the keystrokes to the forground application.  The keyboard input is coming from a USB magnetic card reader.

I can do this with a serial port.
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cyberkiwiCommented:
A USB keyboard or any keyboard interface for that matter usually presents itself as a wedge, whereby the keystrokes are filled into the normal keyboard buffer, so it looks no different to input from any keyboard, magnetic card reader or normal.  Is the distinction important?  I have a feeling it is, in which case it could be quite difficult to identify the actual source.

Otherwise, just set up a normal keyboard hook - but you need to identify some start/end keystrokes, and buffer up some input to return to the stream if they keys were not intended for your app.

An example keyboard hook: http://delphi.about.com/od/windowsshellapi/a/keyboard_hook.htm

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