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Mouse Phone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108157D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A device is described which combines telephone function with computer mouse function. It is desirable in an office environment to consolidate peripheral equipment. Offices are becoming cluttered with many devices used to accomplish office tasks. Inventions which cut down office clutter while allowing efficient work to be performed are ideal. A mouse is very useful when using a computer. The operative parts of a mouse (i.e., buttons), when compared to the size of a mouse, take up relatively little area on a mouse. There is room on a mouse to provide additional function.

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Mouse Phone

      A device is described which combines telephone function with
computer mouse function.  It is desirable in an office environment to
consolidate peripheral equipment.  Offices are becoming cluttered
with many devices used to accomplish office tasks.  Inventions which
cut down office clutter while allowing efficient work to be performed
are ideal.  A mouse is very useful when using a computer.  The
operative parts of a mouse (i.e., buttons), when compared to the size
of a mouse, take up relatively little area on a mouse. There is room
on a mouse to provide additional function.

      The device described is a telephone mouse (i.e., a mouse which
has all the necessary telephone features).  The mouse is a speaker
phone and calls can be received and transmitted on the mouse.  The
mouse contains push buttons for being able to dial phone numbers,
additional buttons for additional features and a mechanism for
sounding a ring when a caller calls.  Envision a miniature
mouse-shaped speaker phone with a track ball on the bottom of it for
moving the mouse pointer around.  The mouse operation buttons and
telephone operation buttons may or may not be one in the same.  If
they are the same, then a button can be present on the mouse for
toggling between phone use and mouse use. Button layout and details
of hardware operation can take a variety of forms.

      The telephone portion of the mouse can be connected with an
RJ11 connected wire which runs s...