Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is a different mechanism to provide , in a multi-media desktop environment, for the delivery of alerts and messages via vibrations in a mouse or similar device. The psychological basis for the invention derives from attentional processing and overload. The main advantages to the approach described below is the provision of such information via a signalling channel (vibration in the mouse/light variation in pad) that will attract a user's attention even if they are occupied with other desktop tasks. The problem with the proliferation of computer technology is that end-users are now able to access in quasi parallel mode many pieces of information and work with multiple applications.