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Tilting Scrolling Input Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132064D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 102K

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Related People

Elizabeth Van Alstine: INVENTOR

Abstract

The Tilting Scrolling Input Device is comprised of a scroll wheel mounted on a four-directional switch. In order to use the Tilting Scrolling Input Device, the user depresses the scroll wheel into a diagonal position (the scroll wheel locks into the diagonal position after it is depressed). Control of the functionality assigned to the particular depressed direction is then accessed through scrolling. If the Tilting Scrolling Input Device were included in a remote control, the user could easily navigate menus.

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Tilting Scrolling Input Device

Invention Title: Tilting Scrolling Input Device


1. Inventor

Elizabeth Van Alstine

2. Synaptics Incorporated, Santa Clara, CA USA

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3. Short Summary

The Tilting Scrolling Input Device is comprised of a scroll wheel mounted on a four-directional switch. In order to use the Tilting Scrolling Input Device, the user depresses the scroll wheel into a diagonal position (the scroll wheel locks into the diagonal position after it is depressed). Control of the functionality assigned to the particular depressed direction is then accessed through scrolling. If the Tilting Scrolling Input Device were included in a remote control, the user could easily navigate menus.

Figure 1. Tilting Scrolling Input Device (potential configuration for remote control)

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Tilting Scrolling Input Device

4. General Description

Remote controls, in particular, are plagued with a plethora of numerous confusing buttons and control mechanisms. Mechanical buttons are easily activated by accident, and also provide insufficient navigation through complex menus. Moreover, they are far too imprecise for controlling fast forwarding and rewinding. Finally, although capacitive scrolling seems to be an appealing solution to navigation problems, many users are reluctant to use a control that provides little tactile feedback. In more simple terms, users do not want to look at their remotes when they are changing channels, adjusting volume, or fast forwarding through commercials.

The Tilting Scrolling Input Device would address many of the problems posed by the use of mechanical buttons in remote controls. First, it would allow many functionalities to be addressed with a single control. The scrolling capabilities would allow quick and precise navigation through menus, and ballistics would allow the user to access even the highest channels very quickly. Also, scrolling would be an ideal solution for fast forwarding and rewinding. Because the Tilting Scrolling Input Device requires the user to lock the scroll wheel into a diagonal position before scrolling, the user would be able to employ the Tilting Scrolling Input Device...