Three Dimensional GUI via Mouse Wheel Z-Axis Navigation, Desktop Layers & Visual Depth Indications
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-20
Current GUI technology is reaching the extent of its innovation and capabilities within a two dimensional environment. What is needed is a mechanism to enable three dimensional navigation while simultaneously leveraging current two dimensional user interface technology and input devices. Three dimensional GUIs can be implemented by enabling the following innovations: 1) Enable the user interface to consist of several two dimensional desktops layered in the z-axis. 2) Enable a mouse wheel to perform navigation between layers. 3) Enact visual representations that indicate to the user that items are on underlying layers.