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Three-Dimensional Pointing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112785D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barcelo, P: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a mechanism to provide three-dimensional input data for graphic applications. This mechanism can also provide the standard two-dimensional input data that current pointing devices support. The three-dimensional input capability provided by this mechanism will simplify graphic applications by eliminating the required two-dimensional to three-dimensional translation software.

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Three-Dimensional Pointing Device

      Described is a mechanism to provide three-dimensional input
data for graphic applications.  This mechanism can also provide the
standard two-dimensional input data that current pointing devices
support.  The three-dimensional input capability provided by this
mechanism will simplify graphic applications by eliminating the
required two-dimensional to three-dimensional translation software.

      Current three-dimensional graphic applications utilize
two-dimensional pointing devices when providing input.  These
applications have various methods to provide the user with an
environment which is conducive to three-dimensions but limited by a
two-dimensional pointing device.  Each application is only as
efficient as the two-dimensional translation software which is
required by current graphic applications.

      This invention, shown in the Figure, provides an input for all
three dimensions.  The inputs provided in the horizontal plane are
the same found on current pointing devices.  These inputs are
provided in the same manner as two-dimensional joystick.  The third
input is provided by allowing the handle to slide.  Within the handle
is a sliding potentiometer which measures the distance the sliding
handle is from the base.  A locking button is provided which allows
the invention to function within a two-dimensional environment.