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Illumination of Mouse Scrolling Device to Indicate Usage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015698D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device for indicating the proper use of a mouse scrolling device. Many novice users are not sure when the scrolling control of a mouse (such as a wheel or ScrollPoint) can be used. The invention employs a combination of hardware and software to illuminate the scroll control when the mouse pointer is over an application that supports scrolling, thus informing the user that the control is active and can be used. The scroll control is made of translucent plastic and is lit from within the mouse with an LED or other similar light source. The invention is shown in Fig. 1. In the left half of Fig. 1, the moue cursor on the visual display is not over a scrollable area, so the scroll control on the mouse is not illuminated. In the right half of Fig. 1, the mouse cursor has been moved over a scrollable area and the scroll control is illuminated to indicate that it can be used.

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Illumination of Mouse Scrolling Device to Indicate Usage

   Disclosed is a device for indicating the proper use of a mouse scrolling device. Many novice users are not sure when the scrolling control of a mouse (such as a wheel or ScrollPoint) can be used. The invention employs a combination of hardware and software to illuminate the scroll control when the mouse pointer is over an application that supports scrolling, thus informing the user that the control is active and can be used. The scroll control is made of translucent plastic and is lit from within the mouse with an LED or other similar light source. The invention is shown in Fig. 1. In the left half of Fig. 1, the moue cursor on the visual display is not over a scrollable area, so the scroll control on the mouse is not illuminated. In the right half of Fig. 1, the mouse cursor has been moved over a scrollable area and the scroll control is illuminated to indicate that it can be used.

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