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Brains
18th April 2008, 03:18 PM
[source: I Started Somthing (http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080416/microsoft-patent-reveals-wearable-mouse-design/) blog]

A recently-uncovered Microsoft patent shows a new design for a wearable bluetooth mouse design. The mouse 'clips' over the top & bottomof the palm, leaving the fingers unimpeded for typing. Buttons are on a small thumb control, and pointing is recognised by two (or three) small accelerometers.

Very cool.

http://www.istartedsomething.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/microsoftwearmouse.jpg

Domenic
18th April 2008, 03:20 PM
How do you actually move the cursor?

marc
18th April 2008, 03:25 PM
How do you actually move the cursor?
Why would you want to do that? ;)

Maybe accelerometers?

avolve
18th April 2008, 03:27 PM
i think it would be a motion sensor (i.e. 'recognised by two (or three) small accelerometers').

Brains
18th April 2008, 03:29 PM
Domenic: the mouse-pointer is moved by moving and tilting the hand. Accelerometers are small sensor devices that measure directional change in momentum and gravity -- all modern Mac laptops have one built in that Apple call the Sudden Motion Sensor.

if I read the patent right, the 'mouse' part of the device lies dormant until you move the thumb close to the thumb-pad. Moving the hand causes the accelerometers to detect movement, which is translated into positional information.