Computer mouse for scrolling a view of an image

  • US 5,883,619 A
  • Filed: 11/12/1996
  • Issued: 03/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/12/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A view control system for controlling the display of a view within an image over a monitor, the view presenting a portion of the image, said system comprising:

  • a. a computer connected to the monitor for displaying the view over the monitor and for scrolling the view within the image according to scrolling signals so that various portions of the image can be seen through the view;

    b. a pointing device electrically connected to the computer for controlling movements of a cursor displayed over the monitor by the computer;

    c. view control means having a sensor installed over the pointing device, the sensor comprising;

    (1) a plurality of sensing elements for sensing a two dimensional direction of a finger input from a user; and

    (2) a touch pad having a flexible convex side installed above the sensing elements for contacting the sensing elements which can be tilted within a fixed angle toward various directions when receiving each finger input wherein the movements of the touch pad caused by each finger input are sensed by the sensing elements and wherein the force of each finger input is measured by sensing the number of sensing elements contacted by the flexible convex side and converted into the scrolling signals by the pointing device;

    wherein the pointing device generates two dimensional scrolling signals according to the sensed two dimensional direction of each finger input and wherein the view is scrolled within the image along two mutually orthogonal directions by the computer according to the two dimensional scrolling signals received from the pointing device.

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