Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a wireless mouse for workstations to improve usability of mouse operation. Conventionally, a mouse is connected to a host machine, such as a personal computer workstation, by a cable. The wireless mouse replaces the cable between the mouse and the host machine with an FM wave. Its operation is transmitted over an FM radio wave and received by a keyboard or the host machine. As shown in the figure, the mouse consists of a power switch, an FM (frequency modulation) transmitter, a battery and a mouse mechanism including a ball. The keyboard or host machine (not shown) has an FM receiver for receiving the FM signal. The process steps for the mouse operations are: 1. An operator holds the mouse and presses the power switch.