pointing device


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pointing device

A type of input device for sending commands to a computer. Moving the device results in movement of a cursor on the monitor or computer screen. Pointing devices range from the conventional desktop mouse, trackball, and touch-sensitive screens to infrared and ultrasound pointers mounted on the head.
See: light pointer; switch
See also: device
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Participant Age(yr) Sex Diagnosis Device P1 22 Male Myopathy Pointing P2 41 Male Locked-in syndrom Pointing P3 35 Female Locked-in syndrom Pointing P4 26 Female Myopathy Pointing P5 33 Male Myopathy Pointing P6 38 Male Locked-in syndrom Pointing P7 32 Male Myopathy Pointing P8 44 Male Tetraplegia Pointing P9 49 Male Tetraplegia Pointing S1 53 Male Locked-in syndrome Scanning P = participant using pointing device, S = participant using linear scanning.
Advantages include stationary position, no cord tangling, less hand movement, and ability to use with a pointing device. The major limitation is the dexterity required to hold down a button with one finger while pivoting the ball with another.
This little Poma comprises three discrete components: the CPU, the SVGA Liquid Crystal Head-Mount Display, and the Optical Pointing Device. This powerful, highly functional computer supports up to one gigabyte of micro drives, wireless modem cards, wireless LANs and compact flash technology through its integrated compact flash slot.
This new keyboard now offers a choice of 12 or 24 function keys, and is available with or without a pointing device. The option of relegendable function keys provides the opportunity for performing specific tasks with specialized software.
Douglas Engelbart receives a patent on the mouse pointing device for computers
According to the announcement, the two-button touchpad is a unique new Cherry feature that eliminates the need for a separate, or stand-alone, pointing device at a workstation.
Apart from the mobile world where laptop manufacturers have tried many mouse variants and in so doing have transformed it into a "pointing device".
The system's new operator station, called Optima PC, features a color touchscreen and an integrated pointing device. Because it runs on Windows NT, the system offers quick integration with a variety of factory networks from Barber-Colman and other suppliers.
System requirements include an IBM PC-compatible system running Microsoft Windows 3.1/95/ NT, 4 MB of RAM, 1 MB of hard disk space, a single-speed (or faster) CD-ROM drive, a mouse (or other pointing device), a color monitor, and a 256-color (8-bit) graphics card.
At 4.6 lb., both WideNote models (100D and 100T) include a 133MHz Pentium processor, a 1.1 gigabyte hard disk, 16 megs of RAM, 16 bit sound card, track pad cursor pointing device, a lithium-ion battery, two Type II or one Type III PC card slots and an external floppy drive.
Using a mouse or some other pointing device, a person can, for example, fill out a computerized form from multiple choice lists far faster and more accurately than by typing the data.
* A mouse or other pointing device. * Communications software (free from CompuServe).