ood user interfaces (UI) are "transparent." With a good UI, the user's attention is focused on the task at hand, not the interface.
Unfortunately, the opposite is often true with today's UI. While your eyes are busy searching for information on the web or within computer documents, you frequently have to take your attention away from the information content and
fiddle with the scroll bars, moving your window up, down, left, or right.
Not anymore! The IBM ScrollPoint™ mouse is an elegant solution to pointing and scrolling. With the ScrollPoint mouse,
you can have power navigation literally under your fingertip.
The IBM ScrollPoint mouse is a research product from the IBM Research - Almaden. It integrates a miniature
isometric rate controlled joystick into a mouse, allowing the user to scroll document windows in any direction, at a variable
speed comfortable to the user. Our study showed that this type of "multi-stream" input works much more efficiently than a
The ScrollPoint mouse won the Innovation'98 award at the Computer Electronics Show (CES).
"IBM's ScrollPoint Mouse closes
the door on the Scroll Bar. After a few days with the ScrollPoint, you'll find you can't go back. The traditional desktop
mouse now looks like just another rodent in the light of the ScrollPoint mouse's bells and whistles," reported ZDNet.
The ScrollPoint™ II mouse, recently released with IBM Aptiva E Series, offers expanded scrolling
resolution and dynamic range, sub-line scrolling accuracy, smooth scrolling motion, uniform control feel across document
sizes, a new mouse body and scroll stick design for comfort and performance, three programmable buttons and many other
features. Finally, one can smoothly surf the web with 4 degrees of freedom (2D cursor motion plus 2D scrolling)!