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Mini-joystick: An Integrated Terminal Key Combination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121586D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McLean, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a terminal key and joystick combination that is an integral part of a computer keyboard to form a mini-joystick. It is designed so that hand travel time from the keyboard to the joystick is reduced.

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Mini-joystick: An Integrated Terminal Key Combination

      Described is a terminal key and joystick combination that
is an integral part of a computer keyboard to form a mini-joystick.
It is designed so that hand travel time from the keyboard to the
joystick is reduced.

      Typically, joystick devices are separated from the keyboard.
This requires the user's hand to be moved from the keyboard to use
the joystick and occupies space on a desk in addition to the
keyboard.

      The concept described herein provides a means whereby the
joystick is miniaturized and integrated into a specific terminal key
of the keyboard.  This mini-joystick eliminates the need to occupy
additional desktop space and decreases hand movement when traveling
from the keyboard to the joystick.  The mini-joystick can be pulled
up when needed and lowered when not needed.

      The mini-joystick is designed to save space when not in use and
can save space when packed for shipment.  It is designed to be
tailored to the users needs in that a fully extended mini-joystick
can be used for fine control where a small amount of motion of a
handle will map to a small amount of motion on the screen of a
monitor.  A shortened mini-joystick can be used for broad control
whereby a small amount of motion of the shorter handle will cause a
large amount of motion on the screen of a monitor.  Telescoping
action of the handle can serve as additional coordinated input to a
host device.  The mini-joystick need not be restricted to computer
applications, but the concept can be extended to such devices as a
resident device in the cockpit of a plane.

      Fig. 1a illustrates how mini-joystick 10 is integrated into
keyboard 11.  When mini-joystick 10 is not in use, it is pushed down
so that it is invisible.  Fig. 1b is a detailed view of the
mini-joystick mounted on key...