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Multi-Casing Computer Pointing Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123809D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hsu, P: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of design to separate pointing devices into device housings and device casings.

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Multi-Casing Computer Pointing Devices

   Disclosed is a method of design to separate pointing
devices into device housings and device casings.

   Computer pointing devices come in many different types,
shapes, and sizes.  However, one constant remains the same for a
particular type of pointing device, the device housing (refer to
Fig. 1).  The device housing is the internals of the pointing
device.  For a typical computer mouse, this would consist of wires, a
roller-ball, sensor wheels, and click sensors for the mouse buttons.
Other types of mouse housings may include optical sensors (optical
mouse) or infra-red transmitters (remote mouse).  No matter the type
of pointing device housing, if they were all designed to be a
standard shape and size, then multiple pointing device casings could
be attached.  The device casing is the part of the pointing device
the user is in contact with.  Device casings can vary in style as
well as the type of pointing device.  Various pointing device types
include the mouse, trackball, touchpad, joystick, and etc.

   Current pointing device designs do not separate between the
device housing and the device casing.  With a multi-casing computer
pointing device, the pointing device housing can detach from the
casing and be inserted into another pointing device casing.  The
example device housing in Fig. 2 shows two half cylindrical grooves
that help guide a device housing into a device casing.  In addition,
when a device housing is...