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COMPUTER MOUSE WITH BUILT IN FAN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013260D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a design concept for a computer mouse that can be used for extended periods of time without the operator's hand getting too warm and sweaty. This will improve computer operator comfort.

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COMPUTER MOUSE WITH BUILT IN FAN

    This article describes a design concept for a computer mouse that can be used for extended periods of time without the operator's hand getting too warm and sweaty. This will improve computer operator comfort.

The idea is to put a small fan in the mouse. Small fans are available that are designed to cool a single semiconductor chip. A similar fan could be mounted inside a mouse to force air to flow through some slots in the mouse and cool the user's hand. It would work similar to the hand cooler/dryer that is on the bowling ball return machines at the bowling alley.

The fan could be controlled numerous ways to optimize the comfort of the user.

Thermostatically controlled fan speed or off/on. Movement of mouse would turn on fan, no movement for a certain time would turn fan off. Clicking on an icon would turn fan on/off or control speed.

Leave fan on all the time.

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