Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Alpert, AI: AUTHOR [+3]
Disclosed is an enhancement to joystick devices making joystick handles and joystick button/trigger surfaces sensitive to the degree of pressure applied by the user.
an enhancement to joystick devices making joystick
handles and joystick button/trigger surfaces sensitive to the degree
of pressure applied by the user.
A joystick or
other analog input device is often used in
conjunction with a computer, video game, or other electronic tool or
instrument. The electronic/mechanical implementation of
pressure-sensitivity may differ depending on the technology used.
joystick handle, both vertical (y-axis) and horizontal
(x- and z-axis) pressure components may be measured and applied
separately. In fact, a moveable joystick could be replaced with a
stationary one that detects pressure components and translates them
into signals indicating joystick movement.
For joystick buttons/triggers, pressure-sensitivity may
implemented in two flavors:
Complete A joystick button or handle is pressure-sensitive
in all positions.
Partial A joystick button is pressure-sensitive only when
completely depressed. For example, it operates
just like a normal button when not completely
depressed and becomes pressure-sensitive once
depression is complete.
handle is not pressure-sensitive until it reaches
its movement limit (maximum angle), at which point it becomes
pressure-sensitive in the direc...