WO2007019819A2 - Input device for computers and games consoles in particular a mouse - Google Patents

Input device for computers and games consoles in particular a mouse

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WO2007019819A2
WO2007019819A2 PCT/DE2006/001327 DE2006001327W WO2007019819A2 WO 2007019819 A2 WO2007019819 A2 WO 2007019819A2 DE 2006001327 W DE2006001327 W DE 2006001327W WO 2007019819 A2 WO2007019819 A2 WO 2007019819A2
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PCT/DE2006/001327
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Thomas Jackermeier
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Endor Ag
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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
    • G06F3/0354Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor with detection of 2D relative movements between the device, or an operating part thereof, and a plane or surface, e.g. 2D mice, trackballs, pens or pucks
    • G06F3/03543Mice or pucks
    • 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

The invention relates to an input device for computers and games consoles in particular a mouse (1), comprising a housing which serves for holding by a hand, the housing being two-piece with a first part (3) and a second part (5) such that the first part (3) and the second part (5) can be fixed relative to each other in at least two positions with different separation by means of a connector element and the housing may thus be altered in width.

Description

Input device for computers and game consoles, especially mouse

The present invention relates to an input device for computers and game consoles, in particular mouse, according to the preamble of claim 1.

Such input devices are used in particular as so-called mouse to operate a personal computer, notebook, etc. in large distribution application.

Conventional computer mice are found therefore in great variety and from different manufacturers, with the ease of use and functionality has been improved, for example by the known optical mouse and ergonomic design in the recent past.

However, the known mice are ergonomically adapted to a hand operator of average size, so that the operator with hands suffer disadvantages deviating from the average size when operating conventional mice. This ensures optimum positioning of the hand can disadvantageously be no longer ensured in the mounting and operation of the mouse, so that in extreme cases, physical impairments operator of the hand and arm, such as sprains, inflammation, especially tendonitis etc., feed be made.

The invention is therefore based on the object to provide an input device for computers and game consoles, in particular a mouse, which ensures optimal management and operation even with different users.

This object is achieved by an input device having the features of claim 1. The two-part construction of the housing of the input device can be fixed in the plane of the Grand crack of the input device according to the invention, the first from the second part of the housing at different distances preferably. In this way, the housing of the input device in its lateral dimensions, that is width and / or length can be changed advantageously and more particularly, to the thus-

Requirements of an operator or whose hand size and needs to be adjusted. Finds the change in the distance between the first and second housing part instead of and outside a plane of the ground plan, as well as the housing height can be changed also, and such a three-dimensional displacement (length, width and height) can be achieved, for example, via a corresponding obliquely formed sliding edge.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, a fixing is formed serving connecting element at the same time as an insertion means so that the first part and the second part between the two extreme positions preferably is (smallest distance and the largest distance) permanently connected, and between the extreme positions, preferably in any is slidable positions.

In a further embodiment of the invention, the first part is in the form of a conventional input device and the second part as this fitting side, possibly with an additional rear or back. This can advantageously be achieved that an arising on an enlarged position gap between the first and second part is outside the sensitive area of ​​a finger operator hand and is thus advantageously not perceived as disturbing.

In order to enable, in the preferred embodiment of the invention a guide between the two extreme positions "smallest housing" and "greatest housing", the first or second part of a corresponding insertion means may be provided, remain connected by means of which the first and the second part between the extreme positions , In this way the security against loss can be increased advantageously also. In another embodiment of the invention, the insertion means may be located, for example, as a projecting plate of the second part, which can be inserted in a complementary opening for this purpose in the first housing part. By the insertion means already given against loss may in this case by a wide variety of means, such as detents slots with engagement elements, etc., are increased. Here, the slot means is used in cooperation with the opening complementary thereto as a guide, said guide can be made as desired in vertical and / or horizontal direction. Naturally, it is conceivable that fixation, for example, via a screw which passes through correspondingly shaped slots of the slide means and can be securely attached by means of an opposite nut on Gehäuseort, also in the horizontal plane with respect to the length and width of the casing to take different positions, so that advantageously further increase the possibilities of variation of the housing.

The invention is, therefore, ensures that an operator of the invention with one hand-held and to use input device in a simple manner on its size and ergonomic needs to adapt variable between those shown in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 extreme positions preferably also. Likewise, different operators can customize the input device to their respective different needs with different requirements.

Further advantageous embodiments emerge from the dependent claims.

The invention is explained below with reference to an illustrated in the drawings embodiment.

In the drawing: Figure 1 is a schematic plan view of an inventive input device without enlargement of the case;.

Figure 2 is a schematic plan view of an inventive input device with enlargement of the housing.

Figure 3 is a schematic side view of a first part of the housing of the input device according to the invention without a second part to the change in size of the housing.

Fig. 4 is a schematic plan view of an inventive input device of FIG. 3;

Figure 5 is a schematic sectional view taken along line AA in Fig. 3.

Fig. 6 is a schematic bottom view of the input device of FIG. 3;

Figure 7 is a schematic plan view of a second part of the housing of the input device according to the invention.

Fig. 8 is a schematic side view of the second part of the housing of FIG. 7 and

Fig. 9 is a schematic sectional view taken along line BB in FIG. 8.

In Fig. 1 is a so-called mouse 1 is shown as an example of an input device according to the invention. As shown in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 can be seen, the housing of this mouse 1 is constructed in two parts and comprises a first larger part 3, which includes, for example all actuators not shown in detail, sensors and electronics, as well as a second, smaller part 5, which in the example is formed asymmetrically to the first part 3 as a left side and back or rear end.

For ergonomic reasons, the first part 3, as can be seen, have a außenliegen- the region 9 in order in the illustrated mouse 1 at a mount or

to serve operation with the right hand as a support and guide for the right hand edge, in particular little finger and ring finger may.

The second part 5 also has ergonomic reasons on its outer surface in the lower region a opposed to the area 9, the corresponding area 11 which is used for guiding and receiving the left hand edge of the right hand, and in particular of the thumb to thumb root and the ball area.

Despite this non-symmetrical form with respect to a perpendicular to the plane which is arranged the central longitudinal axis M enclosing plane, it is of course conceivable to design the input device according to the invention symmetrically and thus equally suitable for left and right. A corresponding symmetrical design of the mouse 1 shown is 9 and 11 possible, for example by omitting the ergonomically advantageous ranges, so that the outer boundary of the mouse 1 and the housing parts 3 and 5 by the embodiments shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 circumferential lines 7 and 7 ' is formed.

As shown in Fig. 2 can be seen, the second part 5 can take place as shown in Fig. 1, directly to the first part 3 in a, as shown in FIG. 2, from the first part 3 are beabstande- th position in which it of course, as explained below, can be fixed. In this spaced position, or position, a gap 13 which extends in the form of a bent L in the side and back or rear of the mouse 1 is formed as shown in Fig. 2. Thereby, the mouse 1 as seen in its lateral dimensions in size, both in length (along its longitudinal central axis M) as well as in their width can be increased compared with the example shown in Fig. 1 the smallest state. This applies, of course, as already explained above, for a symmetrically designed input device, in particular mouse, said mouse also such as shown in outline 7 'in Fig. 2 can, increase accordingly.

Unless desired by the user only a lateral magnification in one direction, ie length or width, and this can take place via a corresponding issue or fastening of the second part 5 to the first part 3, whereby for example a broad hand with comparatively short fingers by a corresponding pure latitudes magnification perpendicular to the axis M without extension can be better met.

As seen from Fig. 3, in the example at its left lower side comprises the first part 3 an elongated, extending parallel to the base rectangular insertion opening 17 having left- and right-side additional upward and the inside guide elements 19 and 21. Furthermore, the mouse 1 on its upper side in the front region a scroll wheel 31 and a left and right mouse button on that 35 actuators lying formed 39 and 41 by a top cover 35 and the front left and right side portion on the underside of the cover.

For the realization of the left and right mouse button is the top cover 35, as can be seen, flexible in the front region through the underlying recess 37 and 35a in a left portion and a right portion 35b are formed separately, so that the portions 35a and 35b and the vertically leading into the mouse interior actuating elements 39 and 41 by operation from above, for example, by pointing and

blank middle finger downwards to actuate corresponding contacts, not shown mouse inside.

Via the insertion opening 17 are located in the region of their left edge in a corresponding recess an inserted left nut 23 and through the underside of the bottom of the mouse 1 executed for example as sandwich bottom perform a right nut 25 in the area of ​​the right edge of the insertion opening 17 perpendicular to the ground formed bores 27 and 29 through which screws not shown for fixing the member 5 can be inserted to be screwed into the nuts 23 and 25th In this way, the nuts 23 and 25 come up with its underside on the surface of the inserted into the insertion area 17 projection or plate 45 (serving as connecting and insertion means) of the second part 5 in contact, so that when tightening the screws, the part 5 with is the part 3 fixedly connected to the corresponding desired position.

As shown in Fig. 4, 5 and 6, the side guides 19 and 21 extend relative to the longitudinal axis and width perpendicular thereto, the mouse 1, obliquely inwards. In order to avoid an unwanted protrusion of the screw heads at the bottom of the mouse 1, the screws are preferably recessed in correspondingly shaped bores 27 and 29 can be fixed.

As shown in FIG. 6, the mouse 1 on its bottom side an opening 43 for an optical sensor, so that this way of example only to an optical mouse is shown in the mouse with a cable connector 15.

As seen from Fig. 7 to 9, the second part 5 on its inside in the lower region a corresponding to the insertion hole 17 formed in projection in the form of a plate 45 which can be fittingly inserted into the insertion opening 17. In this plate 45 are located in the area of ​​the left and right edge of the elongated holes 47 and 49 which are parallel to the likewise oblique side edges of the

Plate are formed 45th By these elongated holes 47 and 49 in the assembled condition of the parts can be inserted through the bores 27 and 29 screws 3 and 5, which - as explained above - are screwed into the nuts 23 and 25, so that the nuts 23 and 25 with their undersides in screwed supply the top of the plate stand 45 act upon the region of the holes 47 and 49 with appropriate force, and the plate 45 is fixed in this way in the insertion opening 17 in cooperation with the top of the lower bottom plate stationary.

As shown, the flat plate 45 corresponding to the obliquely formed leadership wrung 19 and 21 oblique sides, so that the insertion and extraction of the

5 is partly in and out of the part 3 along a direction which is also inclined both to Breitals to the longitudinal axis of the mouse. 1 It can hereby be ensured that for good behavior at a magnification corresponding to the ergonomic requirements, simultaneously, both the width and the length of the mouse 1 - is increased - preferential, in a corresponding constant ratio to each other.

Of course, 47 and 49 independent also from the inclined guide and different positions can be obtained by other configurations of the insertion means, in particular by eliminating the lateral guides and accordingly compared to the screw diameter is larger in diameter holes formed be achieved, so that such a formed second member 5, instead of limited in the example, can be arranged through any tolerances completely free in positions between the extreme extract and the completely collapsed condition.

As seen from Fig. 3 and 5, the flat plate 45 as well as the insertion opening

17 is formed parallel to the bottom surface of the mouse 1 and in profile on this L-shaped, so that even without any further guide already by these elements a limitation in the vertical direction, so the amount of the mouse, is obtained. Of course, it is also conceivable, for example, by appropriate skewing of the plate 45 to the Bodenflä- surface of the mouse 1 and correspondingly formed insertion opening or a large tolerance in the insertion opening in the direction of mouse height and corresponding fixing elements, which allow a fixation of the plate at a certain height that the size of the mouse not only as shown in the exemplary embodiment, can be changed in terms of width and length, but also in the mouse height.

Claims

claims
1. input device for computers and game consoles, especially mouse (1)
a) with a housing which serves to hold with one hand,
characterized, in that
a) the housing in two parts (in a first part 3) and a second part (5) is designed so that the first part (3) and the second part (5) fixed relative to each other in at least two different positions spaced by a connecting member can be and the housing thus is variable sides ner size.
2. Input device according to claim 1, characterized in that the first part (3) and the second part (5) relative to each other between two extreme positions in the plane of the floor plan can move the connecting means and fixed by means of an addition dienen- as an insertion means so that the housing is variable in its length and / or width.
3. Input device according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the first part (3) is formed as the main part and the second part (5) as a side and / or rear part.
4. Input device according to claim 3 or 4, characterized in that insertion means (5) is formed as a projection (45) on the second part, which engages in a complementary thereto opening (17) of the first part nen in different positioning can be inserted and fixed ,
5. Input device according to one of claims 2 to 4, characterized in that the insertion means also serves as a vertical and / or horizontal guide.
6. Input device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the second part (5) is designed as a support for the thumb and the heel of one hand of an operator.
7. Input device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized gekennzeich- net, that the second part can be changed both in the direction of width and in the direction of the length (M) of the housing relative to the casing and fixed (5), to adapt both to permit on hand width and hand length.
8. Input device according to claim 7, characterized in that the second part (5) by means of an oblique guide (19, 21) simultaneously both in the direction of width and in the direction of the length (M) of the housing can be changed.
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WO2004086216A1 (en) * 2003-03-28 2004-10-07 William Tan A computer mouse
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JPH0237416A (en) * 1988-07-27 1990-02-07 Nec Corp Mouse input device
JPH0355622A (en) * 1989-07-24 1991-03-11 Nec Corp Mouse input device
US5340067A (en) * 1992-03-27 1994-08-23 Martin Teresa A Hand and wrist support for computer mouse
US6157370A (en) * 1996-01-03 2000-12-05 Softview Computer Products Corp. Ergonomic mouse extension
US20030103040A1 (en) * 2001-11-30 2003-06-05 Fujitsu Component Limited Input device with extendible body
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WO2004086216A1 (en) * 2003-03-28 2004-10-07 William Tan A computer mouse
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