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Seamless Cursor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118896D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Andoh, Y: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for use with a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based system which enables consistent user-interface between hardware switches and software buttons. It improves the user-interface.

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Seamless Cursor

      Disclosed is a system for use with a Graphical User Interface
(GUI)-based system which enables consistent user-interface between
hardware switches and software buttons.  It improves the
user-interface.

      The system consists of hardware switches, a software GUI window
system, and hardware control circuits.  The user operates the
hardware switch directly or operates the software button by using a
mouse, touch-panel, or any pointing devices.  The results are
definitely the same, so called "seamless cursor".

      Fig. 1 shows an example of the seamless cursor
implementations.  The system consists of hardware switches, a main
screen, and cursor control unit (may consist of cursor control and
buttons; cursor control unit can use any kind of pointing devices).
The main screen displays the GUI application(s).  A user can know
what kind  of switches are available from the hardware appearance.

      The user operates the hardware switches, such as Power,
Channels, Functions, etc., directly.  Or the user can operate the
cursor by moving it toward the switch and controlling it by pressing
the cursor button(s).  The system can know where the cursor is and
display the appropriate help or guidance pop-up before execution, if
required.  Fig. 2 shows an example of the control diagram.

      The seamless cursor system will help users to reduce
mis-operations and provide consistent user-interface with hardware
switches.  The seamles...