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Method for Providing a Removable Pointing Device for the Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105407D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haverda, TH: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The pointing stick is a removeable pointing device that can be operated from the keyboard using the index finger. It is mounted between the G and H keys on the keyboard and provides the functions of a mouse without requiring users to remove a hand from the keyboard. This therefore increases productivity by reducing the time required to perform a task that requires both typing and mouse manipulation. The pointing stick is mounted between the G and H keys on the keyboard.

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Method for Providing a Removable Pointing Device for the Keyboard

      The pointing stick is a removeable pointing device that can be
operated from the keyboard using the index finger.  It is mounted
between the G and H keys on the keyboard and provides the functions
of a mouse without requiring users to remove a hand from the
keyboard.  This therefore increases productivity by reducing the time
required to perform a task that requires both typing and mouse
manipulation.  The pointing stick is mounted between the G and H keys
on the keyboard.

      Providing a removeable pointing stick would allow users to "pop
out" the pointing stick from its position between the G and H keys on
the keyboard, thus freeing them to perform typing intensive work
where the pointing stick might not be needed.  The user would be able
to place the pointing stick on a holding device on the keyboard (out
of the way) so that it would not be lost.  The pointing stick could
then be re trieved and "popped back in" to its place on the keyboard
when the user's task(s) required its use again.  Note that the
holding device would have the same type design that the base of the
pointing stick has for easy "popping in" and "popping out".

This concept is unique in the following ways:

o   Allows users to remove the pointing stick when their task(s) do
    not require its use.

o   Provides a holding device for the user to store the pointing
    stick so as not to lose it.

o   Reduces u...