A combined mobile phone and computer mouse
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-08
A traditional built-in pointing device of a laptop computer may not be sufficently user-friendly. A mobile phone could be designed to work as an external pointing device.
A traditional built-in pointing device of a laptop computer may not be sufficently user-friendly.� A mobile phone could be designed to work as an external pointing device.
This paper describes a possible solution to improve the handling of a laptop computer without adding additional computer equipment, such as a mouse. People on business trips always try to limit their luggage to a minimum. In terms of convenience and improved working with a laptop, a mobile phone could constitute a wonderful tool, without adding more equipment that needs to be carried around.
Problem To Be Solved
The built-in pointing device on the keyboard of a laptop computer may not be sufficiently user-friendly. For this reason, many laptop users add an external pointing device (mouse) to their computer, for more convenience and improved productivity.
Proposed Solution to the Problem
Many laptop users are also mobile telephone users. Since the shape of a mobile phone is quite similar to the shape of a mouse, the idea is to use the mobile phone additionally as such a pointing device.
This may be realised by implementing a mechanical or optical movement sensor, as Is already done in an existing mouse. This could preferably be in the back cover of the mobile phone. The connection to the laptop could be realized by a cable, e.g. with a USB-connector. Alternatively, and preferably, the connection could be made wireless eith...