Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Aaker, KD: AUTHOR [+3]
This article describes a device that is a combination of a mouse and a microphone for use in multimedia applications.
describes a device that is a combination of a
mouse and a microphone for use in multimedia applications.
A mouse and
microphone could be combined in a single device.
The microphone could be mounted on the top or the bottom of the
mouse, allowing easy access to the user by simply lifting the mouse
towards the user's mouth and then talking.
Only a single
cable is required. Since the mouse
requires a cable, the microphone cable would be combined with the
mouse cable. The cable for the combined mouse/microphone would then
split into two plugs (inside or outside the computer covers),
connecting to the computer's mouse port and signal processing card.
buttons could also be used to turn the microphone on
or off either through hardware in the mouse/microphone or through
could also switch into an alternate mode of operation
when picked up; this could be detected by lack of pressure on the
ball. This would separate current mouse button functions (for
example, selecting from a pop-up menu) from audio operations mode.
could allow the user to direct voice input to
different applications. In a multiple-window system, the primary
mouse button could be used to toggle focus between windows. A
secondary mouse button could then be used to tab between objects (for
example, input fields) in a window. The combination of these two