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Computer pointing device with fingertip control.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082187D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 134K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention relates to a unique mechanism that can replace the traditional pointing devices used by notebook computers and by any machines or equipments where such devices could be useful. This invention brings into the pointing device area a freedom unknown today.

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Computer pointing device with fingertip control .

    The new pointing device fully replaces the mouse. Horizontal support is no more needed. It can be used in any environment and available space (plane, train, conference room, presentation, etc.); it can be used by speakers during presentation (direct pointing on screen); it can be used by left and right handler, and disabled people (missing fingers); it can be used in conjunction with the keyboard; it avoid tendonitis, muscular problems, bones micro-traumatisms that frequently appear with other technologies.

    The pointing device is split in different hardware components, each of them taking care of one operation: cursor management on screen, pointing, right click, left click, connection and, wireless or not, communication with the peripheral. Each of these components can take place on different fingers. The invention allows using the keyword without removing the pointing device. The cursor movement is managed by a micro-joystick placed on one finger e.g., medium. This manipulation can be done by pressing/using the joystick with the thumb or directly on any support. Right click and left click are done in the same manner. The micro-switch used for the clicks are placed on two other fingers, preferably on the same hand. The communication between the pointing device and the computer (or any hardware) can be done by any known means (USB, Serial, infra-red, frequency, Bluetooth, etc.). It can be indifferently used by left and right handler with any modification.

This invention replaces the classical technologies used for pointing: mouse, track-ball, touch-pad. Fig.1 shows an e...