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Variable Grid Pattern Pads for Optical Mouse Contact Surfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034216D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 258K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McLean, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby optical mouse pads, as used with personal computers, have different grid patterns so as to enable the mouse user to perform both gross and fine cursor positioning on different grid patterns without software intervention. The concept is designed to be used with commercially available puck and mouse systems. (Image Omitted) The concept utilizes peel-off materials, such as paper or vinyl, as shown in Fig. 1, on which is embedded a grid pattern. With such a pad, a mouse user can count how many steps it has taken during positioning operations. The grids can be of different varieties, such as log-log and polar griding. Also, fine grids can be located in the middle and gradually become farther apart at the edges of the pad.

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Variable Grid Pattern Pads for Optical Mouse Contact Surfaces

A technique is described whereby optical mouse pads, as used with personal computers, have different grid patterns so as to enable the mouse user to perform both gross and fine cursor positioning on different grid patterns without software intervention. The concept is designed to be used with commercially available puck and mouse systems.

(Image Omitted)

The concept utilizes peel-off materials, such as paper or vinyl, as shown in Fig. 1, on which is embedded a grid pattern. With such a pad, a mouse user can count how many steps it has taken during positioning operations. The grids can be of different varieties, such as log-log and polar griding. Also, fine grids can be located in the middle and gradually become farther apart at the edges of the pad. The pad is capable of being applied with existing software and provides visual feedback to the user. Since the software does not know where on the pad the mouse is located, the user can now choose where on the scale he wants to work.

(Image Omitted)

Using an adhesive backing on the grid material enables the grid to be placed on any desirable flat surface. It allows the user the capability of placing the mouse pad directly on a table surface or on a separate flat plate that can be moved about.

(Image Omitted)

Figs. 2 through 7 illustrate the numerous line configurations that can be used for user-controllable distance ratios. Various sizes can be produced, or...