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Virtual button interface

United States Patent

January 12, 1999
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An apparatus and method of issuing commands to a computer by a user interfacing with a virtual reality environment. To issue a command, the user directs gaze at a virtual button within the virtual reality environment, causing a perceptible change in the virtual button, which then sends a command corresponding to the virtual button to the computer, optionally after a confirming action is performed by the user, such as depressing a thumb switch.
Jones; Jake S. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 723,944
September 26, 1996
The Government has rights to this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.