Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Blalock, JL: AUTHOR [+2]
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.
The use of a
mouse is generally solely as an input device.
use of the mouse as both input and output will allow greater user
discloses the use of the mouse as both an input
and output device through the use of a feedback method using the
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
COMPONENTS (refer to the figure)
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
2. An alternate implementation could be to have 16 circular bi-metal
spots which, when activated, would press up under a flexible
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