Ambidextrous mouse

  • US 8,537,115 B2
  • Filed: 09/24/2010
  • Issued: 09/17/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A user configurable mouse, comprising:

  • a housing having a touch sensitive surface divided into an array of independent and spatially distinct sensing regions wherein at least some of the sensing regions are positioned around a periphery of the housing, each sensing region being configured to generate a signal when the sensing region detects that at least a portion of a user'"'"'s hand is touching the sensing region, the signal including information identifying a particular location of the sensing region in the housing;

    wherein signals from one or more sensing regions of the array of sensing regions form a hand signal that defines a pixilated image of a contact produced by the portion of the user'"'"'s hand touching the housing; and

    wherein a plurality of hand signals representing the portion of the user'"'"'s hand touching and moving across the surface of the are compared to generate a function signal associated with detected movement of the portion of the user'"'"'s hand across the surface of the housing, the function signal for implementing a user-intended operation of the mouse.

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