User Interface Device with Actuated Buttons

Stuart Taylor (Inventor), Jonathan David Hook (Inventor), Alex Butler (Inventor), Shahram Izadi (Inventor), Nicolas Villar (Inventor), Steve Hodges (Inventor)

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A user interface device with actuated buttons is described. In an embodiment, the user interface device comprises two or more buttons and the motion of the buttons is controlled by actuators under software control such that their motion is inter-related. The position or motion of the buttons may provide a user with feedback about the current state of a software program they are using or provide them with enhanced user input functionality. In another embodiment, the ability to move the buttons is used to reconfigure the user interface buttons and this may be performed dynamically, based on the current state of the software program, or may be performed dependent upon the software program being used. The user interface device may be a peripheral device, such as a mouse or keyboard, or may be integrated within a computing device such as a games device.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS20120139841 A1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2012

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