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Engineering Work Station with Two Mice

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109228D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lugtenburg, WH: AUTHOR

Abstract

The invention disclosed is an improved engineering workstation with two mice which simplifies human factors involved in data entry.

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Engineering Work Station with Two Mice

       The invention disclosed is an improved engineering
workstation with two mice which simplifies human factors involved in
data entry.

      Engineering applications on a workstation such as the IBM 5080
require the user to manipulate as many as four data entry devices,
including a keyboard, a mouse, a lighted program functions keyboard,
and dials.  Consequently, operation of these devices requires a great
deal of hand and eye movement.

      The proposed system replaces this assortment of devices with
two mouse and pad combinations.  One mouse and pad are controlled by
the user's left hand and are dedicated to the functions previously
performed by the dials and keyboards.  The second mouse is
manipulated by the right hand and controls the workstation
software-dependent functions.

      Four buttons on the mouse are defined as "Select," "Indicate,"
"Goto Window," and "Yes/No" functions.

      The left-hand mouse allows the user to activate a "glowing
screen" which is superimposed on the active drawing.  To aid
readability, this screen appears in a contrasting color.  At the same
time, intensity of the active drawing is reduced.

      The selection screen displays images representing the keyboard,
lighted program function keyboard, and dials.  These images may be
controlled by the cursor in any number of ways.  The suggested
implementation works as follows.

      To "type" a word, the user selects the appropriate letter keys
on the keyboard image, pressing the "Select" button after each
choice.  The data is then entered into the system either by selecting
"enter" on the keyb...