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A Handy Pointing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013838D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shigeki Mori: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a handy pointing device which is controlled by one finger for Personal Computer, This device has advantage usability for user who control the pointer and the button by one hand. There are several pointing devices which have pointing stick and one or more buttons such as game pad. These devices are almost controlled by both hands or several fingers and these devices can't be controlled by one hand. In case of the handy pointing device which is controlled by one hand, the pointing stick is controlled by thumb finger and the button is pushed by forefinger. But this type of handy pointing device have a problem to use the drag and drop function because interference happened between push force of the button and control force of the pointing stick.

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A Handy Pointing Device

Disclosed is a handy pointing device which is controlled by one finger for Personal Computer,
This device has advantage usability for user who control the pointer and the button by one hand.

    There are several pointing devices which have pointing stick and one or more buttons such as game
pad.

    These devices are almost controlled by both hands or several fingers and these devices can't be
controlled by one hand.

In case of the handy pointing device which is controlled by one hand, the pointing stick is
controlled by thumb finger and the button is pushed
by forefinger. But this type of handy pointing device have a problem to use the drag and drop
function because interference happened
between push force of the button and control force of the pointing stick.

This invention (see Fig. 1) can resolve this problem. It can be controlled by not only one hand
but also one finger without interference of the
pointing operation.

The realization of this invention are considered the following point.

    1) The pointing stick and the button should be located near by each other. It also should be
range of first joint of thumb.

2) The pointing stick and the button are controlled by thumb only.

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