Wolfram Research Applies for Cursor Tracker Patent
April 12, 1999--You don't have to be an experienced Mathematica
user to appreciate the functionality of the cursor-tracking capability of
Mathematica 4. In this age of high-resolution, multicolor computer
display technology, temporarily losing track of your cursor's position is a
frequent occurrence. In particular, when navigating mathematical
expressions that are more two-dimensional than linear in nature, the cursor
can unexpectedly jump to a new position.
Fortunately, while working on the new Mathematica 4 notebook interface,
Wolfram Research developers came up with a solution that minimizes the
time, distraction, and eye fatigue currently involved in locating your cursor.
Called the Cursor Tracker, this high-contrast indicator grabs the user's
attention as it appears temporarily enlarged over the cursor's new position
and then rapidly reduces in size to reveal the cursor itself.
Given the many possible applications of this new technology, Wolfram
Research has filed a U.S. Patent Application for the Cursor Tracker.