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Bimodal Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061088D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moitra, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

Equipping a computer mouse with cursor action keys permits motion control in randomly oriented mode as well as motion control in discretely oriented mode, and thus allows for convenient complex cursor moves controlled at the mouse. In interactive systems for word processing or graphics, the movement of a cursor on the screen is specified either by moving a mouse on a board, or by pressing cursor keys on a keyboard. Using the bimodal mouse in analog mode, the cursor can be moved at an arbitrary angle along a curve made up of multiple straight line paths. Using cursor keys in digital mode, the cursor can be moved along the four axes (or eight semi-axes) in discrete steps, or continuously using automatic repetition. Cursor movement keys 1 (left, center, right and move arrows) are carried by mouse 2.

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Bimodal Mouse

Equipping a computer mouse with cursor action keys permits motion control in randomly oriented mode as well as motion control in discretely oriented mode, and thus allows for convenient complex cursor moves controlled at the mouse. In interactive systems for word processing or graphics, the movement of a cursor on the screen is specified either by moving a mouse on a board, or by pressing cursor keys on a keyboard. Using the bimodal mouse in analog mode, the cursor can be moved at an arbitrary angle along a curve made up of multiple straight line paths. Using cursor keys in digital mode, the cursor can be moved along the four axes (or eight semi-axes) in discrete steps, or continuously using automatic repetition. Cursor movement keys 1 (left, center, right and move arrows) are carried by mouse 2. The keys are sculpted with finger grooves, and oriented as shown, for good tactile feedback. The cursor may need to be split into two, as a left/right bracketing pair, for selecting an arbitrary section of the text or dual display. If a document or figure is hierarchically constructed from sub- parts, one can define discrete, directed movements on its abstract tree structure. For example, in a chapter of text, while the cursor is highlighting a full word, one can choose: UP = whole sentence containing word. LEFT= previous word. LEFT UP = previous sentence. DOWN= first character of word ...etc. If the cursor is moved by a random motion to any character in a...