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Feedback Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104546D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blalock, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The use of a mouse is generally solely as an input device. The use of the mouse as both input and output will allow greater user interaction.

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Feedback Mouse

      The use of a mouse is generally solely as an input device.  The
use of the mouse as both input and output will allow greater user
interaction.

      This article discloses the use of the mouse as both an input
and output device through the use of a feedback method using the
palm.

      One of several technologies is used to activate the mouse under
computer control.  Several of 16 indicators are arranged in a 4x4
matrix.  This provides the capability for increased interaction, as
described herein.

      COMPONENTS (refer to the figure)

1.  One implementation will be to have 16 metal rods approximately
    1/4" in diameter spaced on 1/2" centers.  Encircling each rod
    would be electromagnetic.  Computer-controlled activation (using
    low voltage DC for safety) would allow the mouse to serve as an
    output device.
2.  An alternate implementation could be to have 16 circular bi-metal
    spots which, when activated, would press up under a flexible
    covering.

      ADVANTAGES

1.  Computer tutorials can invoke the palm indicators to show a
    novice user where to move the mouse.
2.  When rolling down a series of options in a pull-down menu, a
    moving row of indicators can be used (especially for the visually
    handicapped) to validate the direction of travel and progress
    over each option.
3.  For the hearing impaired, or in a noise work environment, the
    indicators can...