WO1997028864A1 - Remote control wand for computer video game interaction - Google Patents

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WO1997028864A1
WO1997028864A1 PCT/US1997/001811 US9701811W WO9728864A1 WO 1997028864 A1 WO1997028864 A1 WO 1997028864A1 US 9701811 W US9701811 W US 9701811W WO 9728864 A1 WO9728864 A1 WO 9728864A1
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Andrew Rifkin
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    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
    • G06F3/033Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor
    • G06F3/0346Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor with detection of the device orientation or free movement in a 3D space, e.g. 3D mice, 6-DOF [six degrees of freedom] pointers using gyroscopes, accelerometers or tilt-sensors

Abstract

An infrared coupled remote computer mouse is supported within an elongated wand-like housing (30) having a plurality of D pad switches and an infrared transmitting mechanism (17). The computer includes an infrared receiver for receiving and converting the infrared transmitted signals from the mouse. An additional gravity or momentum actuated switch (16) is provided in combination with the conventional D pad to facilitate a double click signal output from the wand each time the wand is rapidly moved or flicked to provide a 'magical' reaction in the computer video game being played.

Description

REMOTE CONTROL WAND FOR COMPUTER VIDEO GAME INTERACTION

SPECIFICATION

Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to computer systems and particularly to apparatus for playing video computer games.

Background of the Invention

Computer systems have developed with astounding sophistication in recent years to the point where so- called personal computers or "PCs" have developed into extremely powerful and sophisticated computers. While the fabrication of such computers has enjoyed some variation, generally all possess the same basic elements which include a processor unit typically supporting one or more disk drives and CD-ROM disk inputs for assimilating information together with a keyboard for user inputs and a monitor for display. The latter is typically a cathode ray tube display device similar to a television display. The keyboard is similar to a conventional typing keyboard with additional keys or command input provided. In addition to the basic computing system, most PC's also provide a mouse input which couples to a small input device rested upon a mouse pad or other convenient surface. A typical computer mouse includes a generally curved oval device having a flat underside resting upon the mouse pad. A rotatable ball supported within a trackball assembly is interposed between the mouse undersurface and mouse pad such that movements of the mouse across the mouse pad causes rotation of the trackball in turn providing data to be communicated to the computer processor. The typical mouse further includes a pair of depressible "click" switches or buttons which are actuated by the user's fingers. In its typical application, the mouse cooperates with the processor system in manipulating a movable pointer or cursor upon the display to various elements of the displayed image which may then be selected or otherwise manipulated by pressing one or more of the click switch buttons. The device has substantially improved the friendliness and user interface of computer systems when coupled with powerful software to present the user with simplified operation in the form of "point and click" manipulation of the mouse and on-screen pointer. Within the processor, software systems are operative to translate the combinations of trackball signals in response to mouse movement and the manipulation of the click switches to the necessary commands for operating the system.

A relatively new improvement in such computer mouse design utilizes a cordless mouse which communicates with the computer processor via an infrared or IR transmission link. In such a system, a mouse-type unit having a plurality of depressible buttons supports an infrared transmitter together with appropriate circuitry for encoding the various switch actuation combinations to data which may be transmitted from the infrared transmitter to a receiver coupled to the computer processor. At the receiver, the infrared transmitted data is received and converted to appropriately formatted data which may be utilized by the processor via its mouse input. In a typical remote mouse apparatus, a standard four button D pad is provided for actuation by the user. Manipulating the D pad buttons actuates corresponding D pad switches to provide information generally referred to as "clicks". Generally speaking, the clicks provided by the four D pad switches correspond in various combinations to the type of information communicated to the processor via trackball movement and click switch actuation of a conventional mouse. In addition, information is communicated at a second level in the form of "double clicks" which are differently interpreted by the processor.

Such remote mouse devices have proven to be an amusing and entertaining device for computer users. Of particular interest is the use of such remote mouse devices in the playing of computer games. The ability of the player to be distanced from the computer while using the remote mouse has proven to be an enhancement of the game play effect on many occasions.

Despite the improvement of such remote mouses, there remains nonetheless a continuing need in the art for evermore amusing, entertaining and useful input devices for use in playing computer games.

Summary of the Invention

Accordingly, it is a general object of the present invention to provide an improved remote control wand for computer video game interaction. It is a more particular object of the present invention to provide an improved remote control wand for computer video game interaction which facilitates a dramatic game play association between operation of the remote control wand and the computer game.

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided for use in combination with a computer having a remote control receiver, a remote control wand comprising: a housing; a keypad having user depressible keys supported by the housing; a transmitter coupled to the keypad for receiving input commands in the form of depressed ones of the keys and for transmitting an encoded signal to the remote control receiver; and a movement actuated switch in the housing coupled to the transmitter providing an input signal thereto in response to movement of the housing.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The features of the present invention, which are believed to be novel, are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in the several figures of which like reference numerals identify like elements and in which:

Figure 1 sets forth a block diagram of a remote control wand constructed in accordance with the present invention;

Figure 2 sets forth a top view of the present invention remote control wand; and

Figure 3 sets forth a side view of the present invention remote control wand.

Description of the Preferred Embodiment

Figure 1 sets forth a block diagram of a remote control wand for computer video game interaction generally referenced by numeral 10. For purposes of illustration, wand 10 is shown enclosed within a dashed- line border within which a conventional D pad switching apparatus 11 is supported. D pad 11 is constructed entirely in accordance with conventional fabrication techniques and includes a quartet of D switches 12, 13, 14 and 15. D pad 11 is coupled to an infrared transmitting circuit 17 which includes conventional apparatus for converting the switch combination input from D pad 11 to a suitably encoded and formatted infrared light energy beam referenced by numeral 18. The combination of D pad 11 and infrared transmitter 17 may be fabricated entirely in accordance with conventional fabrication techniques and is operative to communicate data from user inputs in the form of various combinations of switch actuation of D pad 11 to a computer such as computer 20. Computer 20 includes an infrared receiver 21 coupled thereto by a coupling 22. The combination of computer 20 and infrared receiver 21 together with coupling 22 may be fabricated in accordance with conventional fabrication techniques. As infrared beam 18 is received by infrared receiver 21, a conversion is performed upon the encoded infrared data to provide a correspondingly formatted and encoded data stream which is coupled to computer 20 for processing in the above- described manner.

In accordance with the present invention, wand 10 further includes a G switch 16 having a momentum responsive switch mechanism which unlike D pad 11 responds solely to rapid movement of wand 10. Thus, G switch 16 is not directly accessible by the user as is the case for switches 12 through 15 but rather is solely actuated in an indirect manner by the user in rapidly moving or abruptly stopping the motion of wand 10. G switch 16 is operatively coupled to transmitter 17 such that actuation of G switch 16 provides a "double click" input to transmitter 17. When G switch 16 is actuated, transmitter 17 provides an appropriately encoded data segment for application to infrared beam 18 which corresponds to a double click signal input.

In the preferred operation of the present invention remote control wand, the user is able to hold wand 10 at an appropriate distance from infrared receiver 21 and computer 20 and using D pad 11 manipulate the operation of computer 20 by providing various input controls. This interaction between wand 10 and computer 20 is substantially conventional and carried forward in the same general manner as conventional infrared remote mouse activities.

In addition, however, and in accordance with an important aspect of the present invention, the user is also able to exercise a physical movement of wand 10 to activate G switch 16 and produce a double click output signal. In the anticipated use of the present invention remote control wand, the user in playing a computer game is able to manipulate the computer game using D pad switches 12 through 15 and in a "magical" interaction is able to wave or flick the wand to actuate G switch 16. This action results in a double-click input and in accordance with the game play software within computer 20 a dramatic change in the display. Thus, for example, the child user may flick wand 10 in the manner characteristic of a magic wand and observe a dramatic change such as disappearance of an image from the display of computer 20.

Figure 2 sets forth a top view of a remote control wand for computer video game interaction constructed in accordance with the present invention and generally referenced by numeral 30. Remote control wand 30 is fabricated in a fanciful manner to provide an appearance generally suggestive of a magic wand. It will be apparent, however, that other fanciful appearances may be utilized for the present invention remote control wand. Remote control wand 30 includes a handle 31 coupled to a D pad 32. Wand 30 further includes an elongated shaft 40 extending from handle 31 and terminating in a star-shaped head 41. Head 41 may include one or more infrared sending units 42 or 43 (the latter seen in Figure 3) on either side thereof. Alternatively, an infrared sending unit may be positioned on the lower surface of D pad 32 such as shown by unit 44 in Figure 3. D pad 32 includes a plurality of D pad buttons 33, 34, 35 and 36 which are depressible to operate D pad switches 12 through 15 respectively (seen in Figure 1) . An infrared transmitter 17 is shown in dashed-line representation and is preferably supported within remote control wand 30. In accordance with conventional fabrication techniques, transmitter 17 is operatively coupled to the infrared senders such as sender 40 and D pad 32 to provide the above-described operation. In accordance with the present invention, wand 30 further includes a G switch 16 shown in dashed-line representation which is operatively coupled to infrared transmitter 17 in the above-described relationship.

Figure 3 sets forth a side elevation view of remote control wand 30 having a handle 31 supporting a D pad 32, a shaft 40 and a head 41. As is described above, wand 30 supports one or more infrared sending units such as infrared senders 42, 43 or 44 alone or in combination as desired. As is also described above, D pad 32 includes a plurality of depressible buttons such as buttons 33 and 34. Infrared transmitter 17 and G switch 16 are supported within wand 30 as shown by dashed-line representation. Once again, it will be understood that appropriate electrical connection (not shown) utilizing conventional wiring techniques or their equivalents operatively couples D pad 32, G switch 16, infrared transmitter 17, and the plurality or selected one of infrared senders 42, 43 or 44. In operation, the user grasps handle 31 and utilizes various combinations of D pad 32 to produce the desired commands which are communicated to the computer in the form of infrared coded data as described above. In addition and in further accordance with the present invention, the user then waves or snaps wand 30 to actuate G switch 16 and produce a double click encoded signal which is also communicated to the computer.

The communication protocol utilized by wand 30 may be carried forward using a variety of conventional protocols. For purposes of illustration, the present invention remote control wand utilizes the following protocol.

Wand 30 uses a three-byte/two-button protocol in which serial data is transmitted at 1200 baud, 7 bits, no parity, 1 stop bit. Data is transmitted only when a change of state of a button, or continuously when a D pad switch is activated. The data is arranged as follows:

Bvte 1

D7 Not used

D6 Logical 1 (identifies byte 1)

D5 Left Switch Button: 1 = On

D4 Right Switch Button: 1 = On

D3 Y7

D2 Y6

DI X7

DO X6

Bvte 2

D7 Not used

D6 Logical 0

D5 X5

D4 X4

D3 X3

D2 X2

DI XI

DO X0 Byte 3

D7 Not used

D6 Logical 0

D5 Y5

D4 Y4

D3 Y3

D2 Y2

DI Yl

DO YO XO through X7 = change in X position. Two's compliment + = movement to right, - = movement to left. YO through Y7 = change in Y position. Two's compliment + = movement down, - = movement up. The wand produces two speeds when the D pad switches are activated. The value of X or Y is normally +-2. If button 3 (speed) is depressed, the value changes to +-5. One X and one Y switch may be active at the same time.

The wand left and right switches active once per state change, ie. The button down code will be sent once when the switch is pressed, and once when the switch is released. If a D pad switch is active, the actual state of the left and right buttons are transmitted. The wand also contains a "G" switch which causes a double click message to be sent in the form of left button down, left button up, delay left button down, left button up.

Cursor movement is suspended during the double click transmission.

What has been shown is a remote control wand for computer video game interaction which utilizes a remote controlled infrared coupled D pad and transmitter combination together with a gravity or momentum actuated G switch to provide a novel play characteristic in which the user simply waves or flicks the wand in order to produce a dramatic effect at the game play computer.

While particular embodiments of the invention have been shown and described, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that changes and modifications may be made without departing from the invention in its broader aspects. Therefore, the aim in the appended claims is to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.

Claims

THAT WHICH IS CLAIMED IS:
1. For use in combination with a computer having a remote control receiver, a remote control wand comprising:
a housing;
a keypad having user depressible keys supported by said housing;
a transmitter coupled to said keypad for receiving input commands in the form of depressed ones of said keys and for transmitting an encoded signal to said remote control receiver; and
a movement actuated switch in said housing coupled to said transmitter providing an input signal thereto in response to movement of said housing.
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