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Pointright: a system to redirect mouse and keyboard control among multiple machines

United States Patent Application

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The present invention provides a software system, PointRight, that allows for smooth and effortless control of pointing and input devices among multiple displays. With PointRight, a single free-floating mouse and keyboard can be used to control multiple screens. When the cursor reaches the edge of a screen it seamlessly moves to the adjacent screen and keyboard control is simultaneously redirected to the appropriate machine. Laptops may also redirect their keyboard and pointing device, and multiple pointers are supported simultaneously. The system automatically reconfigures itself as displays go on, go off, or change the machine they display.
Johanson, Bradley E. (Palo Alto, CA), Winograd, Terry A. (Stanford, CA), Hutchins, Gregory M. (Mountain View, CA)
10/ 821,685
April 8, 2004
[0002] This invention was supported in part by the Department of Energy (DOE) under Grant Number B504665. The U.S. Government may have certain rights in the invention.