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Improved Usability on a Standard Pointing Device Through Filter and Bouncy Key Enablement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123449D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kamper, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention enables the adaptation of the input parameters for a computer system-pointing device to the personal characteristics of the user, so that input to the computer is translated or interpreted correctly by the computer system, as intended by the user.

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Improved Usability on a Standard Pointing Device Through Filter and
Bouncy Key Enablement

   This invention enables the adaptation of the input
parameters for a computer system-pointing device to the personal
characteristics of the user, so that input to the computer is
translated or interpreted correctly by the computer system, as
intended by the user.

   Currently, input parameters for pointing devices are
typically preset to default values that are based on the user
characteristics of a select audience of end users.  Even physically
capable end users must learn and adapt to the parameters of the input
device.  This results in extension of a learning curve prior to
achieving productivity possible.  Users with varied abilities may not
be able to adapt to and physically to accommodate the input device
settings.  Although modification to default values and
personalization of settings may be accomplished, these are typically
accessible through advanced options only known to or applied by
technically experienced end users.  Thus, the typical computer system
pointing device may not be easily usable by novice users or those
with special characteristics, such as infants, young people, elderly
people, or people with certain physical disabilities or impairments.

   There are sets of disabilities that make the regular
operation of a computer difficult if not impossible.  Examples of
this are trembling hands/fingers, and numb hands, fingers (which can
cause the repeated pressing of a key on the keyboard, or a button on
a pointing device).  As our population grows older, and becomes
increasingly dependent on computers this will become more of an
issue.

   The solution for this is typically one of two things.  1)
The enablem...