WO2000055803A1 - A palm support for use with a computer mouse - Google Patents

A palm support for use with a computer mouse

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Publication number
WO2000055803A1
WO2000055803A1 PCT/IB2000/000280 IB0000280W WO2000055803A1 WO 2000055803 A1 WO2000055803 A1 WO 2000055803A1 IB 0000280 W IB0000280 W IB 0000280W WO 2000055803 A1 WO2000055803 A1 WO 2000055803A1
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Prior art keywords
mouse
support
palm
use
surface
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Application number
PCT/IB2000/000280
Other languages
French (fr)
Inventor
Hugh Mark Anthony Corlett
Lindsay Corlett
Original Assignee
Hart, Gary, Paul
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    • GPHYSICS
    • 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
    • G06F3/039Accessories therefor, e.g. mouse pads
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
    • A47B21/00Tables or desks for office equipment, e.g. typewriters, keyboards
    • A47B21/03Tables or desks for office equipment, e.g. typewriters, keyboards with substantially horizontally extensible or adjustable parts other than drawers, e.g. leaves
    • A47B21/0371Platforms for supporting wrists
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F2203/00Indexing scheme relating to G06F3/00 - G06F3/048
    • G06F2203/033Indexing scheme relating to G06F3/033
    • G06F2203/0333Ergonomic shaped mouse for one hand

Abstract

A palm support (10) for use with a computer mouse (18) includes a support block (12) for supporting the palm of a user of a computer mouse when manipulating the mouse, a movable bearing means (14) for movably supporting the block on a support surface and a pair of resilient spaced gripping formations for gripping the mouse between them. The gripping formations may be adhesively securable to the mouse or they may grip the mouse with limited movement between the block and the mouse, in use. The bearing means preferably has three balls (24) and comprises a seperate removable unit.

Description

A PALM SUPPORT FOR USE WITH A COMPUTER MOUSE

THIS INVENTION relates to a palm support for use with a computer

mouse.

According to the invention there is provided a palm support for use with a computer mouse which includes

a support block for supporting the palm of a user of a computer mouse when

manipulating the mouse;

a movable bearing means for movably supporting the block on a support surface; and

a pair of resilient spaced gripping formations for gripping the mouse between

them.

The gripping formations may be adhesively securable to the mouse or

they may grip the mouse with limited movement between the block and the mouse, in use.

The gripping formations may be adhesively securable to the outer

surface of the mouse, in use, about an axis parallel to the support surface. In

another form of the invention, the gripping formations may grip the outer surface

of the mouse with relative pivotal movement, in use, about an axis parallel to the

support surface. The bearing means may have at least one rolling member. Preferably, the

bearing means has three balls.

The bearing means may comprise a separate removable unit.

A portion of an upper surface of the block may support the palm of a

user, in use, and the bearing means may underlie it.

An upper surface of the block may be shaped to receive the user's

palm.

An upper surface of the block may have decorative indicia thereon.

The invention is now described, by way of example, with reference to

the accompanying drawings.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 shows a top plan view of a palm support for use with a computer

mouse according to the invention;

Figure 2 shows a bottom plan view of the palm support;

Figure 3 shows a side view of the palm support; Figure 4 shows a rear view of the palm support;

Figure 5 shows a front view of the palm support; Figure 6 shows a section view of the palm support through section VI-VI of

Figure 1 ;

Figure 7 shows a top plan view of the palm support with a computer mouse,

in use; and

Figure 8 shows a side view of the palm support with a computer mouse, in

use.

In Figures 1 to 8, a palm support for use with a computer mouse is generally referred to by reference numeral 1 0.

The palm support 1 0 includes a support block 1 2, a movable bearing

unit 14 and a pair of resilient spaced gripping formations in the form of arms 1 6.

The support block 1 2 supports the palm of a user of a computer mouse 1 8 when the user is manipulating the computer mouse 1 8, in use. An upper

surface 20 of the block 1 2 is shaped to receive the user's palm. The surface 20

of the block 1 2 which supports the user's palm overlies the bearing unit 14. The

upper surface 20 of the block 1 2 may have decorative indicia thereon (not shown) . The arms 1 6 are integral with the block 1 2. They are moulded from a suitable

synthetic plastics material such as polyurethane.

The bearing unit 1 4 enables the block 1 2 to be movably supported on

a support surface in two degrees of freedom, i.e. back and forth, and from side to

side. The bearing unit 1 4 is a separate removable unit which has three freely 80

rotatable balls 24 in a cage 22. The balls 24 are arranged in a triangle, with one

of the balls 24 being positioned in the middle and close to the arms 1 6, and the

other two balls 24 being positioned towards the side and closer to the rear end 23

of the block 1 2.

85

The arms 1 6 are used to grip the mouse 1 8 between them, as is

illustrated in Figures 7 and 8. In one embodiment, the arms 1 6 grip the mouse 1 8

with limited movement allowed between the block 1 2 and the mouse 1 8, in use.

The outer surface 26 of the mouse 1 8 is gripped with relative pivotal movement,

90 in use, about an axis parallel to the support surface.

In another embodiment of the invention, the arms 1 6 are adhesively

securable to the mouse 1 8, in use. The arms 16 are then adhesively secured to

the outer surface 26 of the mouse 1 8, in use, about an axis parallel to the support

95 surface.

In use, the support 1 0 supports a person's palm, making use of the

mouse 1 8 more comfortable and less strenuous.

Claims

100 CLAIMS
1 . A palm support for use with a computer mouse which includes
a support block for supporting the palm of a user of a computer mouse when
manipulating the mouse;
a movable bearing means for movably supporting the block on a support
105 surface; and
a pair of resilient spaced gripping formations for gripping the mouse between
them.
2. The accessory as claimed in Claim 1 , in which the gripping formations are
no adhesively securable to the mouse, in use.
3. The accessory as claimed in Claim 2, in which the gripping formations are
adhesively securable to the outer surface of the mouse, in use, about an axis
parallel to the support surface.
115
4. The accessory as claimed in Claim 1 , in which the gripping formations grip
the mouse with limited movement between the block and the mouse, in use.
5. The accessory as claimed in Claim 4, in which the gripping formations grip
120 the outer surface of the mouse with relative pivotal movement, in use, about an
axis parallel to the support surface.
6. The accessory as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the
bearing means has at least one rolling member. 125
7. The accessory as claimed in Claim 6, in which the bearing means has three
balls.
8. The accessory as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 7, in which the bearing
130 means comprises a separate removable unit.
9. The accessory as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which a
portion of an upper surface of the block supports the palm of a user, in use, and
the bearing means underlies it.
135
10. The accessory as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which an
upper surface of the block is shaped to receive the user's palm.
1 1 . The accessory as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which an
140 upper surface of the block has decorative indicia thereon.
1 2. A palm support for use with a computer mouse, substantially as described
herein with reference to the accompanying drawings.
PCT/IB2000/000280 1999-03-16 2000-03-16 A palm support for use with a computer mouse WO2000055803A1 (en)

Priority Applications (4)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
ZA9902081 1999-03-16
ZA99/2081 1999-03-16
ZA9902270 1999-03-24
ZA99/2270 1999-03-24

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Cited By (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
FR2829339A1 (en) * 2001-08-31 2003-03-07 Ergograf Sarl Moving palm support for a person using a computer mouse, is designed to deform so that it matches the shape of a user's palm and then returns to its normal shape after use, while having a lower surface that slides over a surface
NL1025216C2 (en) * 2004-01-12 2005-07-13 Evert Bierman Device for controlling a computer.

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US4635496A (en) * 1985-04-18 1987-01-13 Mctyre Scott B Attachment for a display position indicator
US5340067A (en) * 1992-03-27 1994-08-23 Martin Teresa A Hand and wrist support for computer mouse
GB2288454A (en) * 1994-04-15 1995-10-18 Glen Edward Sleeman Computer mouse comfort attachments
WO1999008958A1 (en) * 1997-08-15 1999-02-25 Ergodevices Corporation A computer-pointing device ergonomic hand support and method of use
WO1999060556A1 (en) * 1998-05-20 1999-11-25 Chan Kwan Ho Finger controlled computer mouse

Patent Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4635496A (en) * 1985-04-18 1987-01-13 Mctyre Scott B Attachment for a display position indicator
US5340067A (en) * 1992-03-27 1994-08-23 Martin Teresa A Hand and wrist support for computer mouse
GB2288454A (en) * 1994-04-15 1995-10-18 Glen Edward Sleeman Computer mouse comfort attachments
WO1999008958A1 (en) * 1997-08-15 1999-02-25 Ergodevices Corporation A computer-pointing device ergonomic hand support and method of use
WO1999060556A1 (en) * 1998-05-20 1999-11-25 Chan Kwan Ho Finger controlled computer mouse

Cited By (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
FR2829339A1 (en) * 2001-08-31 2003-03-07 Ergograf Sarl Moving palm support for a person using a computer mouse, is designed to deform so that it matches the shape of a user's palm and then returns to its normal shape after use, while having a lower surface that slides over a surface
NL1025216C2 (en) * 2004-01-12 2005-07-13 Evert Bierman Device for controlling a computer.

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