Input device including a wheel assembly for scrolling an image in multiple directions

  • US 7,199,785 B2
  • Filed: 08/01/2005
  • Issued: 04/03/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/30/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An input device for scrolling an image relative to an image display screen, said device comprising:

  • a housing having at least one opening;

    a finger-engagable control member provided within said housing and having a portion extending through said opening permitting user manipulation thereof, said finger-engagable control member being endlessly rotatable about a rotating axis extending within the housing and tiltable about a tilting axis,a central internal area located within an internal rotatable surface of the finger-engagable control member;

    a rotation sensor positioned within the central internal area of the endlessly rotatable finger-engagable control member configured to sense rotation of the finger-engagable control member; and

    a tilt sensor configured to sense tilting of the finger-engagable control member.

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