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Handheld mouse with integrated ergonomic touchpad

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238232D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Handheld mouse with integrated ergonomic touchpad

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Handheld mouse with integrated ergonomic touchpad

This disclosure solves the problem of computer users sustaining repetitive strain injuries from using computers outside of the standard desktop environment. The idea improves on the classic mouse to allow it to be used as normal or picked up and used in a handheld manner. Specifically, the mouse configuration does not change and the users hand position does not change, allowing the user to comfortably switch between modes with little or no effort. In desktop mode the mouse works like a standard mouse controlling the pointer using movement over the planar surface. In handheld mode the user's thumb is used to control the pointer via a touchpad that is ergonomically positioned where the thumb naturally rests. The design includes contours on the device casing designed so that the mouse is comfortable to use in both modes, but in addition provides a stable grip when lifted from the desktop surface.

    There are many designs for ergonomic mice including handheld versions, but none of these cover a design that allows the user to easily move between desktop control and handheld control without changing the user's hand position or augmenting the mouse.

    The design is similar to that cited in https://www.google.com/patents/US20010033268?pg=PA7&dq=mouse+ergonmic+t ouch+pad&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GJb6Ut6CFMbR7AbD44DgAw&ved=0CEoQ6AEwAw, and many other products that describe pointing devices that incorporate control technologies, such as roller balls, capacitive touch pads, ergonomic design in different configurations. However, the design is unique in that it allows the user to easily switch their mode of use without adjusting their hand position, making the device more comfortable and ergonomic to use.

    The core idea is to improve the design of the classic mouse to allow it to be picked up and used in a handheld mode without adjusting the hand position or changing the device configuration. It provides computer users with an ergonomic and versatile pointing device for controlling their computer in the various usage environments that the modern day computer user works, e.g. at the workstation, sitting on a couch, standing during presentation etc. Expanding on classic desktop mouse which is recognized as very ergonomic way of controlling a pointer, the design allows for the mouse to be simply lifted from the surface and used without adjusting the hand position.

    Many existing designs that aim to sol...