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Vibraticons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014942D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a different mechanism to provide , in a multi-media desktop environment, for the delivery of alerts and messages via vibrations in a mouse or similar device. The psychological basis for the invention derives from attentional processing and overload. The main advantages to the approach described below is the provision of such information via a signalling channel (vibration in the mouse/light variation in pad) that will attract a user's attention even if they are occupied with other desktop tasks. The problem with the proliferation of computer technology is that end-users are now able to access in quasi parallel mode many pieces of information and work with multiple applications.

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Vibraticons

Disclosed is a different mechanism to provide , in a multi-media desktop environment, for the delivery of alerts and messages via vibrations in a mouse or similar device. The psychological basis for the invention derives from attentional processing and overload. The main advantages to the approach described below is the provision of such information via a signalling channel (vibration in the mouse/light variation in pad) that will attract a user's attention even if they are occupied with other desktop tasks.

     The problem with the proliferation of computer technology is
that end-users are now able to access in quasi parallel mode many
pieces of information and work with multiple applications.
Should an error or alert occur (from anything as simple as a
notification that printout has been processed or a new e-Mail
arrived, to more fundamental issues such as the loss of a
connection or power), then the only current mechanism to alert
the user is typically via changing the priority of a 'window' on
the PC desktop, along with a auditory cue (a beep). This is
intrusive and many users, as well as cutting audio output for
this very reason, will automatically reprioritise windows and
miss the information.

   Our solution proposal covers three stages and levels:-
As the alert or notification arrives, the operating system

traps the signal and instead of passing to a relevant
application for it, typically, to reprioritise any open
window(s), will convert the digital alert to an an...