Computer mouse

New interactions

The pinSCROLL is at the intersection of maturing computing technology and new user-interface (UI) design opportunties. Although virtual three-dimensional environments are common, the manner in which a user navigates these volumes typically requires either a keyboard and mouse combination, or a gaming console type controller. It is this two-handed operation, which the pinSCROLL consolidates into one.

Pinscroll mouse
Figure 1: Pinscroll mouse plan view

It does this by embedding a thumb-actioned joystick alongside traditional mouse functionality, such as the XY sensor, three finger buttons, and vertical scroll action. With this additional mechanism, the user can run concurrent actions, navigate three-dimensional environments, and manipulate virtual objects with one hand. Although the pinSCROLL has broad application in the gaming community, it is also applicable to design software, such as animation and engineering packages.