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Interactive Mousie for Child PC-Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105193D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appino, PA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is an animated front-of-screen "mousie" which makes the use of PCs more user-friendly to children. The use of a screen mousie is justified (instead of other animals) because young users would directly associate this with the computer mouse hardware.

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Interactive Mousie for Child PC-Users

Table  Screen Mousie's new actions versus today's PC

Screen Mousie                                Today's PC
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Mousie asks for user's name.
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Mousie interacts with user on a first
name basis, orally and/or visually.
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Mousie relocates or resizes windows by       Currently, an impersonal
either tugging on the sides or corners       <-->  symbol is
of the windows, respectively.                used.
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Mousie runs in a "squirrel cage"             Hourglass "wait" symbol
during "wait" periods.
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Mousie changes colors to discriminate
between DOS (white mousie) and OS/2
(brown mousie).
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Mousie uses facial expressions.  Mousie
smiles when chid takes correct action,
such as spells a word correctly.  Mousie
frowns or sad when incorrect action taken.
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Mousie in a referee's suit changes scores
in a computer game.
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"Sick" mousie with a thermometer in its
mouth signifies an ABEND in a program.
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Mousie waves goodbye and crawls into         Message:  "It is now OK
its hole (burrow) to signal that it          to turn off the power to
is OK to now turn power off to the           your computer".
computer.  Mousie could also turn off
its light.
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      Described is an animated front-of-screen "mousie" which makes
the use of PCs more user-friendly to children.  The use of a screen
mousie is justified (instead of other animals) because young users
would directly associate this with the computer mouse hardware.

      This mousie primarily mimics the inputs of the actual computer
mouse.  As the actual computer mouse is moved, the mousie would move
horizontally, diagonally, or vertically across the computer screen.

      The mousie would raise the appropriate arm when the child
presses down on a button.  If the mousie is facing the child, the
mousie raises its right arm when the left mouse button is pressed and
its left arm when the right button is pressed.  Releasing the button
causes the mousie to return to its original appearance.  The child
receives immediate visual feedback from clicking the physical mouse
buttons.  A table of mousie icons could be displayed on the screen
that associates various activities with each icon.  For examp...