Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
This article describes a new user interface method for selecting among menu items. This method utilizes a pointing device which has a click generation mechanism inside and menu items on the screen which imitate three-dimensional shading. When a pointer controlled by the pointing device moves over the menu item, the pointing device generates a click which simulates a shock which comes from the three-dimensional feature of the menu. A click generation mechanism inside the pointing device, for example, a mouse device, is shown in Fig. 1. Two hammers 1 and 2 driven by solenoids 3 and 4 are mounted inside the mouse. When one of the solenoids 3 and 4 is stimulated by the system, the hammer hits the bottom or the top of the mouse. The user feels a click through the hand as if the mouse moved downward or upward. Fig.