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Single Button Computer Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199584D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 142K

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Abstract

There are many types of computer mouse devices or tracking devices on the market. The original and mouse is designed to be used by one hand and is able to translate hand movements into cursor movements on the computer screen. By pressing a button or number of buttons on the mouse it is possible to carry out a number of actions. The mouse proved very effective for many years and is still in operation today. With the arrival of the laptop, size and space became a premium and novel approaches to ‘mouse design’ replaced the handheld device. These approaches included the TrackPoint mouse, and the TouchPad mouse. These have a motion tracker and Button for selecting a right button click, left button click, center button click etc. These new devices still have space constraints and require real-estate on the laptop keyboard for the tracking device and for the buttons that need to be pressed. What is required is the smallest possible device, requiring the least amount of space and the least amount of fingers to control. This idea proposes replacing the existing set up of tracking device and buttons with a single device. The device would act in the same way as existing tracking devices in terms of movement. However, the novelty of this design is the fact that device itself becomes the ‘buttons’ required to drive actions. The traditional mouse has at least two buttons; therefore the new invention will need to determine which button the user intended to press. This idea seeks to solve this by providing a method of recognizing which finger the user has on the button and then with that knowledge deciding which ‘button’ it needs to press. To work out which finger is being used on the button it will be necessary to put a finger print reader in the button.

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Single Button Computer Mouse

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There are many types of computer mouse devices or tracking devices on the market. The original and mouse is designed to be used by one hand and is able to translate hand movements into cursor movements on the computer screen. By pressing a button or number of buttons on the mouse it is possible to carry out a number of actions.

The mouse proved very effective for many years and is still in operation today.

With the arrival of the laptop, size and space became a premium and novel approaches to 'mouse design' replaced the handheld device. These approaches included the TrackPoint mouse, and the TouchPad mouse. These have a motion tracker and Button for selecting a right button click, left button click, center button click etc.

These new devices still have space constraints and require real-estate on the laptop keyboard for the tracking device and for the buttons that need to be pressed.

What is required is the smallest possible device, requiring the least amount of space and the least amount of fingers to control.

This idea proposes replacing the existing set up of tracking device and buttons with a single device. The device would act in the same way as existing tracking devices in terms of movement. However, the novelty of this design is the fact that device itself becomes the 'buttons' required to drive actions.

The traditional mouse has at least two buttons; therefore the new invention will need to determine which button the user intended to press.

This idea seeks to solve this by providing a method of recognizing which finger the user has on the button and then with that knowledge deciding which 'button' it needs to press.

To work out which finger is being used on the button it will be necessary to put a finger print reader in the button.

A mouse with just one push button, which can understand a Left button click, Right

Button click, Center button click etc.

Figure1 and Figure 2 shows the single button mouse design.

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