Mouse/Keyboard Concept Incorporating Unique Devices for Controlling CRT Display Cursors
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
Various techniques and concepts are described, using mouse and keyboard CRT cursor controls, to function as unique and integrally related elements in human factor adaptations, so as to implement "user friendly" considerations. Although the use of the mouse in controlling the cursor is well known in the industry, it can be cumbersome when the mouse is used as a device separated from the keyboard. Described is: (a) a device which incorporates the mouse as an integral element of the keyboard, (b) a centering device for positioning the mouse/keyboard mechanism, (c) a tilt release brake for the mouse/keyboard, (d) a hold release mechanism for the mouse/keyboard, (e) a mechanism to allow for detaching the mouse and (f) a travel minimizer for the mouse/keyboard. A basic keyboard 10, as shown in Fig.