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Remote Touch and Typing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117315D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Meyer-Boudnik, T: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an input device for interactive television which combines the functionality of known touch-screen technology and the potentiality of known graphic tablets.

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Remote Touch and Typing Device

      Disclosed is an input device for interactive television which
combines the functionality of known touch-screen technology and the
potentiality of known graphic tablets.

      The television set comprises a programmable microprocessor by
means of which the necessary user interface of the interactive
television is produced.  The input device provides an input area
which dimensions correspond to spatial the proportions of the monitor
of the television set, where the absolute dimensions of the input
device are much more smaller than the absolute proportions of the
monitor.

      The surface of the input device is implemented by sensorics so
that a manual touch of the user can be located.  The detected
coordinates of the touch on the input device are sent to the
television via a common infrared signal.  The microprocessor of the
television evaluates the coordinates and provides a graphic pointer
to the correspondent position on the monitor.  Additionally, the
input device allows input by hand of letters according to the known
technology of pen computing.  Hereby the user can input text by the
pen when an input of data is requested.