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Monitor-hopping mouse pointer

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I was once trying to point at a book on a desk with my mouse. Seeing as the pointer failed to travel outside the screen, it was not helpful.

So, bringing to bear the industrial might of NMRM Co, I have come up with a scheme.

One database of locations and orientation, and one database for all the mice in the area.

In this way, I can activate the software by pressing the left key (widdershins three times), my pointer can now traverse the screens in the room to point at needed objects.

The two cursors thumb-wrestling game has gone on the back-burner due to too make cases of thumb whiplash.

not_morrison_rm, Apr 22 2018

Technical support medieval stylee https://www.youtube...watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
Surprisingly funny Norwegian skit [not_morrison_rm, Apr 23 2018]


       Well, if your computer mouse-motion could also control an external laser pointer, that might be one way to achieve between-monitor pointing.
Vernon, Apr 22 2018

       Why bother with screens? Why not use camera and projection technology to have a mouse pointer everywhere?
RayfordSteele, Apr 22 2018

       I double clicked my pen and now the ballpoint is pulled in again. What should I do now?
pashute, Apr 23 2018

       ^ You could do worse than follow the advice on the Technical Support video. See link.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 23 2018

       I did once see a demo of a rather neat UI which gave you (thanks to a headset-mounted display) an augmented reality view of your monitor and the space around. So, you could see the computer monitor as normal, but could also move the cursor off the screen and see it floating in the space around the screen. You could drag windows off your monitor and leave them floating in mid-air. Because of the constraints of the system, the space around the screen was lower-res than the screen, so you'd have to drag windows back onto the screen to view them properly.
hippo, Apr 24 2018

       I'm not sure what can be done with a hopping monitor. But a mouse pointer? Now that is something entirely different.
pashute, Apr 24 2018

       Might I suggest a highly trained mouse and a touch screen monitor. Command operations would be by finger waving. A pinky wave gives the wanted hopping function.   

       On second thoughts, mice have poor eyesight so maybe a little black and white commanding cane.
wjt, Apr 25 2018

       ^ Not entirely sure it's humane to velcro a mouse (of the organic variety, eats cheese, goes squeak etc) on the end of a long stick?   

       Just heard Memex are going to add on a extensible Bakelite finger-on-a-stick, Angleton would have been in pointer heaven.   

       While I am here, Strossy has more self-control than I do. At no point in the Merchant Princes series does anyone say "Eigenstate quite categorically that water is wet" or something like that.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 25 2018

       This idea reminded me of a Rich Tennant "The 5th Wave" cartoon from a Dummies book (actually, the only one of those I remember), where a student's cursor has come off the screen and is holding another student up against the wall, and the teacher is asking for that student to be put down and for cursors to remain on screens. Unfortunately, after extensive searching, I don't think it's available online anywhere. Does anybody remember it? It probably would have been in a Mac-related Dummies book from the 1990s.
notexactly, Apr 09 2019


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