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Dominant hand detection for pointing devices.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244267D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

While interacting with a computer system using a pointing device, an user may manually select between an user interface configured to persons having a right dominant hand and a second user interface configured to persons having a left dominant hand. In many cases this is uncomfortable to change the interface mode or does require access to operating system settings what can be unwanted due to security reasons. This article describes possible solutions to automatically detect dominant hand for pointing device like computer mouse.

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Dominant hand detection for pointing devices .

While interacting with a computer system using a pointing device, an user may manually select between an user interface configured to persons having a right dominant hand (or simply operating the device with the left hand), and a second user interface configured to persons having a left dominant hand (or simply operating the device with the right hand). In many cases this is uncomfortable to change the interface mode (e.g. multiple users using the same device) or does require access to operating system settings what can be unwanted due to security reasons. An additional solution to automatically detect dominant hand may solve this problem. Similar solutions are found for mobile handheld devices: US8760426 B1 , US20140195936 A1 while this one is for similar solution for pointing device like computer mouse.

Since it may be uncomfortable to switch the interface mode manually, a system, method and software are needed to automatically determine the dominant and/or presently operating hand and dynamically reconfigure the pointing device interface to maximize convenience and usability for that dominant and/or presently operating hand. Numerous techniques can be utilized to determine, at the present time of use, the dominant and/or operating hand of a user, as described below:
the pointing device position (left or right side of the computer system or keyboard) thumb and other fingers detection on the left/right side of the p...