Mouse with Ears
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Janick, JM: AUTHOR [+2]
This article describes a mouse with a microphone built into the body.
Mouse with Ears
describes a mouse with a microphone built into the
to computers is likely to increase in the future.
This increase will, in part, be driven by applications for
multi-media systems, including voice capture, telephone applications,
voice recognition, and others. The current method of input is by a
standard microphone which is usually placed on the desk or attached
to some part of the computer. However, standard microphones tend to
be relatively large and require a significant amount of desk space.
Also, most people are not comfortable when talking into a microphone.
They tend to feel intimidated and find it difficult to talk naturally
to a microphone. Therefore, they may be less inclined to use
applications which require voice input. This disclosure describes a
mouse device which alleviates both of these problems.
The mouse is
becoming popular as a standard feature on many
computer systems. This is particularly true for multi-media systems.
This disclosure proposes a mouse with a microphone built into the
body. One possible representation of this is shown in the drawing.
cartridge is mounted into the mouse body. Since
there is a voltage source present in the mouse, either a dynamic or
electret type could be used, as determined by other factors such as
sensitivity, frequency response, etc. A pre-amp for the microphone
could also be included to improve the signalto-n...