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Telescopic Joystick

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034787D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Kelley, J Pickover, C Reed, A [+details]

Abstract

Disclosed is a joystick handle which is telescopic like a car antenna. This joystick can save space when not in use and it can save space when packed for shipment. The joystick length is tailorable to the individual user's input needs, as described. The joystick can stand alone or be mounted on equipment, such as a keyboard or plotter. The telescoping action can serve as additional coordinate input to the host device. The handhold fits into a recessed concavity when the joystick is telescoped in and not in use. The joystick need not be restricted to computer applications (e.g., it can reside in the cockpit in the plane). To extend the concept further, the joystick telescoping movement may be under electronic control.