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Automatically Determining Orientation Of A Pointing Device And Reconfiguring Preferences Of The Pointing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241864D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically determining the location of a pointing device and reconfiguring preferences of the pointing device accordingly. Here, the reconfiguring preferences of the pointing device may include, but need not be limited to, buttons, acceleration, and the like.

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Automatically Determining Orientation Of A Pointing Device And Reconfiguring Preferences Of The Pointing Device

Many people use pointing devices solely on one side of a keyboard. However, for a number of reasons, such as medical issues, space constraints, or ambidextrous capabilities, users may need to regularly move the pointing device from one side of the keyboard to the other. Upon doing so, these users may want to remap the buttons of the pointing device based on the new location of the device and swap the left and right mouse buttons. This swap typically requires delving into settings of the pointing device each time the pointing device is relocated, which is a tedious and time consuming task.

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically determining the orientation of a pointing device and reconfiguring the user preferences of the pointing device. The method and system are used to combine both software and hardware components on computer and computer peripherals with the pointing device, wherein the orientation of the pointing device is determined and the user preferences of the pointing device are reconfigured to support buttons or acceleration in accordance with the orientation.

Figure 1 illustrates a computing device with two wireless sensors and a pointing device on both sides of the computing device. The computing device may be, but need not be limited to laptop, PC, desktop, and the like.

Figure 1

As shown in Figure 1, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag or any similar

wireless tag or device is attached to the pointing device. The two wireless sensors or receivers represented in blue color in Figure 1 are attached on both sides of the computing device. Wireless sensors or receivers may be affixed to a laptop or the keyboard of the PC or desktop monitor.

The method and system includes software installed in the computing device, which can periodically po...