Ex parte ANDERSON - Page 3

          Appeal No. 96-2372                                                          
          Application 08/278,676                                                      

                    are adapted to hand movements that a human                        
                    operator can make and remember easily.  An                        
                    apparatus in accordance with the invention is                     

                    therefore characterized in that the apparatus                     
                    comprises means for displaying the options on                     
                    the viewscreen in a curved band and in that                       
                    the corresponding areas are positioned in a                       
                    corresponding band which is curved similar to                     
                    the curved band on the viewscreen.  While                         
                    working with a pointer device such as a mouse                     
                    or a stylus it is easier to target areas                          
                    along a curved line around a central area                         
                    located somewhere beneath the hand of the                         
                    operator on a desk than to follow                                 
                    substantially straight lines.  Also travel of                     
                    the pointer device from the centerpoint is                        
                    reduced and it is easier to remember the                          
                    position of each option by utilizing motor                        
                    and spatial memory.                                               

                    Claim 1, one of two independent claims on appeal, is              
          representative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as                 
                    1.  Apparatus for interactive handling of objects,                
          which apparatus comprises                                                   
                    a viewscreen for displaying a menu of options and                 
                    a pointer device for pointing at one of a plurality of            
          corresponding areas each associated with one of the options                 
          displayed on the viewscreen, and thereby selecting one of said              


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