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Input Devices

  1. Joseph J. LaViola Jr.

Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse188

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

LaViola, J. J. 2009. Input Devices. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1576–1584.

Author Information

  1. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

Abstract

Input devices are fundamental to interaction with computer systems. They provide users with the ability to communicate effectively with machines by sensing information about the real world. In this article, we examine several types of input devices in use today, which include pointing devices, joysticks, and motion trackers. We also explore input device characteristics, how they can be classified and categorized, their internal workings, and their strengths and weaknesses.

Keywords:

  • input device;
  • motion tracker;
  • data glove;
  • 2-D pointing;
  • continuous and discrete input