Patent Number: 6,486,868

Title: Two-handed input control apparatus and method

Abstract: An apparatus and method for inputting data including controls to a computer, or other equipment, such as for CAD, three-dimensional (3D) modeling and animation systems and for motion control. Included are a two-handed, hand-held apparatus and a method for inputting data, including alpha-numeric information and control signals, while using the apparatus. The apparatus includes a plurality of input and/or control devices, each having input elements for inputting data to a computer or other equipment by the transmission of signals to such computer or equipment, and a pair of holders that mount the input devices and have holding portions and hand resting portions. The holders are releasably joined in back-to-back relation by a connector mechanism that allows the holders to be individually held in free space by and between the two hands of a user. The apparatus can be used in any position but the preferred method of use involves turning or rotating the hands so that a selected input device is positioned on top in a convenient position for manipulation by the uppermost hand while it rests on the uppermost holder and while the entire apparatus is being supported by the lowermost hand. More specifically, the connector mechanism pivotally interconnects the holders for movement about a fixed axis and has features which enable the holders and their input devices to be separated from the apparatus so that they can be interchanged with other holders mounting different input devices. In addition, the holders are mounted for pivoting movement about a second axis in angular relation to the first axis.

Inventors: Kazarian; Randal N. (Santa Barbara, CA)


International Classification: G06F 3/033 (20060101); G06F 3/02 (20060101); G06F 3/023 (20060101); G09G 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 11/26/2019