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Method to decrease the keyboard mouse profile during prolonged non-mouse activity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015088D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to decrease the keyboard mouse profile during prolonged non-mouse activity

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Method to decrease the keyboard mouse profile during prolonged non-mouse

activity

One of the great inventions in the past has been the inclusion of the stiff tiny mouse pointer buried in the middle of the keyboard. This mouse pointer is typical of laptops, but may exist in standard non-laptop keyboards. The pointer works only as a mouse pointer and the ability to "click" a function resides on dedicated click buttons built into laptops. When typing, the mouse pointer presents an obstacle to the user. Specifically, the location of the pointer on the key board which is typically between the G and H keys, and this presents an obstacle which users will "hit" with their fingers as they type.

This proposal should solve the problem in an inverse method. The basic idea is when typing at a fairly steady rate on the keyboard, the position of the pointer changes by decreasing slightly so it's profile is less obvious and there is less of a chance of accidentally striking the pointer. When the constant rate of typing decreases significantly or stops, then the mouse pointer raises itself to it's default location.

For instance, the user wishes the mouse (which is currently on equal level with the keys to be lower than the flat surface of the keyboard) to drop down a few millimeters when a rate of constant typing is detected. Thus, the mouse pointer is "under" the keyboard. When typing has decreased or stopped, the mouse pointer will rise up to it's original level of being equal...