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Integrated Mouse and Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034213D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rudin, HR: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes an improvement for the input devices of personal computers, computer terminals, or work stations. It is proposed to integrate the function of a computer keyboard with the function of a mouse (hand-held device for controlling continuous movement of the cursor on a display). The advantage is that the mouse can be moved without removing the fingers from the keyboard (otherwise, when moving fingers between mouse and keyboard, spatial orientation may be lost). A specific implementation is suggested in which the keyboard is mounted on roller balls and the mouse is positioned at the bottom of the keyboard in a central location. Furthermore, a resting bar for the balls of the hands (covered with rubber to increase friction) is mounted at the front side of the keyboard to simplify guiding.

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Integrated Mouse and Keyboard

This article describes an improvement for the input devices of personal computers, computer terminals, or work stations. It is proposed to integrate the function of a computer keyboard with the function of a mouse (hand-held device for controlling continuous movement of the cursor on a display). The advantage is that the mouse can be moved without removing the fingers from the keyboard (otherwise, when moving fingers between mouse and keyboard, spatial orientation may be lost). A specific implementation is suggested in which the keyboard is mounted on roller balls and the mouse is positioned at the bottom of the keyboard in a central location. Furthermore, a resting bar for the balls of the hands (covered with rubber to increase friction) is mounted at the front side of the keyboard to simplify guiding. A perspective sketch of this implementation is shown in the drawing.

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