Get Me Out Of This Scrape!
This is an idea for a design of mouse that I think could solve a problem that has always bugged me, and perhaps you have experienced it too...
...That when the mouse mat is only of a size not sufficient for the mouse to cause the cursor on the screen to move the whole width of the screen in a single movement, the need to lift the mouse and place it back on the mat further over in order to complete the movement. That “scraping” of the mouse on the mat that you have to do in order move the cursor from one side of the screen to the other.Firstly,
the inhibition of the mouse mat size can cause this problem, and also when you need to use a mouse on a surface which has only confined space in which to work: A train or Aircraft table, or a desk next to a keyboard which was not designed to be sufficiently long enough to accommodate both.And secondly
, where this is so, the development of wider screen monitors seems to have exacerbated this problem.
Perhaps it is a little late in the day to be coming up with such a solution, given the advent of tablet computers promise to eradicate the need for a mouse altogether, but I still think it will be some time yet before everyone has such devices, and as such, no longer has a need for a device like this.
The basic design I have crudely illustrated (I swear my drawings get worse by the day!), shows a mouse with normal function of movement: Forward, Back, and side to side, two buttons and a scroll wheel. But with the addition of a “Shell” like a turtle shell, which forms the body of the mouse, which can rock in these directions over a central axis while these normal functions are being simultaneously performed, with the effect that when the mouse is rocked in this way, switches are depressed inside the shell, on the side to which it is rocked, which causes an amplification of the movements of the cursor on the screen in relation to the movement of the mouse along it's directional path.
So if I move the mouse around as usual, the cursor on the screen moves to match, but if I apply a slight pressure to one side of the mouse, and cause the shell to rock that way, and therefore depress the corresponding internal switches, the same movement of the mouse amplifies the movement of the cursor on the screen in relation to the movement of the mouse, making it possible to make the cursor “leap” to the other side of the screen with only a comparatively small movement, until the switch is released by relinquishing the pressure on the shell. Perhaps the engagement of the switches caused by rocking would cause the cursor/ mouse movement relation to be amplified by a factor of 5, or 10, or whatever is discerned to be the appropriate level of jump.... a movement which would usually causes the cursor to move 10 pixels on the screen, will move, when the switches are engaged, ten times this, to 100 pixels, until they are released.
The incredibly bad sketches in the corner show such a mouse being operated by a hand, where the movement required to perform this rock means that to jump up the screen, the palm is pushed on the back of the mouse and pushed upward on the mat a little way... to move down, the fingers apply the pressure at the front where the buttons are, and the the mouse is pulled toward the operator on the mat. And side to side as directed by up or down pressure indicating arrows, and then the mouse is moved along the path as indicated by the horizontal directional arrows.
So basically, the rocking pressure on the shell is applied to the side of the mouse on the opposite side to which the mouse will be moved.Tai-Chi Technology
This has the quite pleasing effect of making the operation of the mouse as I have described like making Tai-Chi movements with the hand... or some technological martial art!
If anyone who has the electronic know how to make one, and to program the appropriate mouse driver... just please let me know where I can buy one!