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Tactile based interaction

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715 - Data processing: presentation processing of document, operator interface processing, and screen saver display processing

715700000 - OPERATOR INTERFACE (E.G., GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE)

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20110179355VIRTUAL INFORMATION INPUT ARRANGEMENT - An enhanced display device may include a touch screen having a display surface configured to display images, the touch screen being configured to output a signal indicative of where on the display surface the touch screen is touched. The display device may also include a controller configured to generate a virtual keyboard image including a number of virtual keys for display on the display surface, and at least one arrangement configured to receive a variable, wherein the controller is configured to generate the virtual keyboard image with at least one varying touch area based on the received variable.07-21-2011
20120173973USER INTERFACE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, USER INTERFACE CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A user interface device includes a display panel; a display-panel control unit that displays, at appropriate locations on the display panel, various types of display information and function buttons to which functions are allotted; an operation-location detecting unit that detects a user's operation performed in contact with or close to a surface of the display panel so as to acquire an operation location; a feedback output unit that outputs predetermined feedback that gives a touch sensation to a user; a determining unit that determines whether the operation location is a display location of the function button displayed on the display panel; and a control unit that, when the determining unit determines that the operation location is the display location of the function button, causes the feedback output unit to output predetermined feedback that is associated with the function button.07-05-2012
20110202838APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE - A method of providing a user interface, including receiving a motion signal from a pointing device including a pointing function for moving a pointer, while the pointer is not generated on a display screen; generating the pointer when it is determined, based on the received motion signal, that the pointing device is moved in a predetermined form; displaying the generated pointer on the display screen; and providing a menu on at least one corner of the display screen.08-18-2011
20110202837MULTI-LAYER USER INTERFACE WITH FLEXIBLE PARALLEL AND ORTHOGONAL MOVEMENT - A user interface (UI) system calculates movements in a multi-layer graphical user interface. The UI system receives user input corresponding to gestures on a touchscreen. The UI system calculates a movement of a first layer in a first direction (e.g., a horizontal direction) at a first movement rate. The UI system calculates a movement of a second layer substantially parallel to the movement of the first layer, at a second movement rate that differs from the first movement rate. The UI system calculates a movement (e.g., a vertical movement) in a direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, in a UI element of one of the layers.08-18-2011
20110202836TYPING ASSISTANCE FOR EDITING - Apparatus and methods are disclosed for providing feedback and guidance to touch screen device users to improve the text entry user experience and performance. According to one embodiment, a method comprises receiving a text entry, receiving input on a touch screen in the form of a first single touch input located over a word of previously entered text, and presenting the user with one or more suggestion candidates indicated possible replacement words related to the selected word. The user can then select one of the suggestion candidates using a second single touch input to replace the selected word with a word associated with the selected suggestion candidate.08-18-2011
20110202835ITEM SELECTION METHOD FOR TOUCH SCREEN DEVICES - A user device may display content items in a content area on a touch screen display of the user device. The user device detects a touching of the touch screen display and determines a location of the touching. The user device divides the content area into a first content sub-area and a second content sub-area at a location proximate to the location of the touching, wherein a portion of the content corresponding to the touching is included in the first content sub-area. The user device shifts the first content sub-area away from the location of the touching to create a blank space between the first content sub-area and the second content sub-area.08-18-2011
20100077304Virtual Magnification with Interactive Panning - A magnification system is described that provides a better user experience to users of desktop magnification, such as in conjunction with touch-based interface devices. The system includes an interactive panning mode that allows users to pan a magnified area of the desktop or application while still interacting with magnified elements, such as icons, files, and so forth. In the interactive panning mode, the user can pan the magnified desktop in a manner similar to traditional panning by selecting an area of the magnified desktop that does not contain user interface elements. The user can also click/touch buttons, UI elements, and interact with the magnified desktop in a normal fashion.03-25-2010
20130080889ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND AGENDA MANAGEMENT METHOD - In an agenda management method of an electronic device, one or more items of an agenda are set, and a time period and an alarm time is set for each of the items. A user interface is displayed for the setting of the agenda, and an analog clock is displayed on the user interface. An area on the analog clock is determined for each item to show the item according to the time when it will happen, and a first color is displayed in each determined area. A user of the electronic device is notified when a prior warning time of any item is reached, and a second color is displayed in the determined area of the item. A third color is displayed in the determined area of the item when the starting time of the item has been reached.03-28-2013
20130080890DYNAMIC AND CONFIGURABLE USER INTERFACE - In some embodiments, a method for generating a mobile device's user interface is provided. The method may include: receiving, via the mobile device, input from a user of the mobile device, the input being related to a property for presenting dynamic context-dependent informational cues; determining a context; identifying a subset of a set of informational cues, the subset being associated with the context; and predominately presenting, via the mobile device, the identified subset to the user, the presentation being predominate as compared to any presentation of other informational cues in the set of informational cues, wherein the presentation accords with the received user input.03-28-2013
20090172531METHOD OF DISPLAYING MENU ITEMS AND RELATED TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE - To improve usability of a touch screen device for input with a finger, a method of displaying a plurality of text-based items in the touch screen device includes the touch screen device displaying a predetermined item of the plurality of text-based items as an icon, and the touch screen device displaying the plurality of text-based items less the predetermined item with an increased display size.07-02-2009
20090158149MENU CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A menu control system and method that to control functions of a digital device are provided. The menu control system includes a detection unit which detects a first sub-contact area and a second sub-contact area within a contact area, the contact area generating a signal through contact with an object if the object is dragged from the first sub-contact area to the second sub-contact area, and an execution unit which executes a function mapped to a combination of the detected first sub-contact area and second sub-contact area.06-18-2009
20100107074SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR A USER INTERFACE DASHBOARD OF A HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING NETWORK - The disclosure provides systems and methods of use of an HVAC graphical interface dashboard. In various embodiments, the dashboard includes a weather tab, wherein invoking the weather tab advances to a weather screen. The dashboard also includes an indoor humidity tab. A programs tab and a home tab are also provided. The home screen has a single icon that gives a user an indication that there is at least one alert present in the dashboard.04-29-2010
20100107073SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR A USER INTERFACE DASHBOARD OF A HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING NETWORK - The disclosure provides systems and methods of use of an HVAC graphical interface dashboard. In various embodiments, the dashboard includes a weather tab, wherein invoking the weather tab advances to a weather screen. The dashboard also includes an indoor humidity tab. A programs tab and a home tab are also provided. The dashboard includes at least one downloadable screen saver.04-29-2010
20100107072SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR A USER INTERFACE DASHBOARD OF A HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING NETWORK - The disclosure provides systems and methods of use of an HVAC graphical interface dashboard. In various embodiments, the dashboard includes a weather tab, wherein invoking the weather tab advances to a weather screen. The dashboard also includes an indoor humidity tab, wherein invoking the indoor humidity tab advances to a humidity screen that allows users to have different humidity levels during different periods of a day. A programs tab and a home tab are also provided.04-29-2010
20100107071SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR A USER INTERFACE DASHBOARD OF A HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING NETWORK - The disclosure provides systems and methods of use of an HVAC graphical interface dashboard. In various embodiments the dashboard includes a weather tab, wherein invoking the weather tab advances to a weather screen. The dashboard also includes an indoor humidity tab, wherein invoking the indoor humidity tab advances to a humidity screen which displays at least a current indoor humidity, wherein the humidity screen interprets a percentage of humidity for a user. A programs tab and a home tab are also provided. A button of the dashboard turns a color, such as an inverse color, when it is touched.04-29-2010
20100107070SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR A USER INTERFACE DASHBOARD OF A HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING NETWORK - The disclosure provides systems and methods of use of an HVAC graphical interface dashboard. In various embodiments, the dashboard includes a weather tab, wherein invoking the weather tab advances to a weather screen. The dashboard also includes an indoor humidity tab, wherein invoking the indoor humidity tab advances to a humidity screen which displays at least a current indoor humidity, wherein the humidity screen interprets a percentage of humidity for a user. A programs tab and a home tab are also provided.04-29-2010
20100107069Terminal Device and Control Program Thereof - In a mobile phone, even when an audio-related function is running in background processing in parallel with a function running in the main processing (foreground processing) where operations by the main operating section have been assigned to the function running in the main processing, the control section operates the audio-related function based on a user operation detected by the touch screen, the imaging section, the sound collecting section, or the housing movement detecting section.04-29-2010
20100107068User Interface with Parallax Animation - user interface animation techniques are described. In an implementation, an input having a velocity is detected that is directed to one or more objects in a user interface. A visual presentation is generated that is animated so a first object in the user interface moves in parallax with respect to a second object. The presentation is displayed so the first object appears to moves at a rate that corresponds to the velocity.04-29-2010
20100107067INPUT ON TOUCH BASED USER INTERFACES - A user interface for use with a device having a display and a controller, the controller being configured to receive touch input representing a slide-in gesture and in response thereto switch input mode, wherein the input mode is one of DIRECT, in which mode touch input is interpreted to be direct actions, or HOVER, in which touch input is interpreted to be hover actions.04-29-2010
20100107066 SCROLLING FOR A TOUCH BASED GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - A user interface for a device including display means for displaying a portion of a full content in an application area and control means. The control means are configured for displaying a scrollbar along an edge of the application area, wherein at least a portion of the scrollbar is non-linearly mapped to at least a portion of the full content. The control means are also for receiving touch input originating in the scrollbar and updating the displayed portion according to the received touch input, wherein the full content is panned in a direction corresponding to either a direction of the touch input or a location of the touch input in relation to the mapped location of the displayed portion on the scrollbar.04-29-2010
20120216114QUERY GENERATION FROM DISPLAYED TEXT DOCUMENTS USING VIRTUAL MAGNETS - A system and method are provided for dynamically generating a query using touch gestures. A virtual magnet is movable on a display device of a tactile user interface in response to touch. A user selects one of a set of text documents for review, which is displayed on the display. The system is configured for recognizing a highlighting gesture on the tactile user interface over the displayed document as a selection of a text fragment from the document text. The virtual magnet is populated with a query which is based on the text fragment selected with the highlighting gesture. The populated magnet is able to cause a subset of displayed graphic objects to exhibit a response to the magnet as a function of the query and the text content of the respective documents which the objects represent and/or to cause responsive instances in a text document to be displayed.08-23-2012
20100095206METHOD FOR PROVIDING A USER INTERFACE USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL GESTURES AND AN APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Provided is a method capable of making various modifications to widgets, graphic objects, or images, which are displayed on a display device, according to motions of a plurality of input units such as finger or stylus pen, with the use of a three-dimensional multi-sensor configured to detect the motions of the input units in a space, without touching the display device.04-15-2010
20120166944Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Switching Between Two User Interfaces - An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface displays a first authentication user interface on the display, the first authentication user interface including a text entry field for entering a text-based authentication code; detects a first input by a user on the touch-sensitive surface while displaying the first authentication user interface; in response to detecting the first input, displays a second authentication user interface on the display, distinct from the first authentication user interface, the second authentication user interface configured for entering a gesture-based authentication code; while displaying the second authentication user interface, detects one or more gestures by the user at locations on the touch-sensitive surface that correspond to locations on the second authentication user interface; and authenticates the user in accordance with a determination that the detected one or more gestures correspond to a gesture-based authentication code for the user.06-28-2012
20110004824DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING TEXTUAL SYSTEM STATUS MESSAGE DISPLAY CAPABILITY FOR AN ENVIROMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format; the display apparatus configured to allow textual system status messages to be displayed.01-06-2011
20110010618GROUP DECISION HAPTIC FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are provided that may be adapted for use with a plurality of user interface devices having haptic feedback interface mechanisms. A group controller may be adapted to determine a group decision input based, at least in part, on sensed outputs the user interface devices. At least a portion of the group decision input may be used to provide haptic feedback to a user via the user interface device.01-13-2011
20090319893Method and Apparatus for Assigning a Tactile Cue - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an electronic device is configured to allow selection of a feature to be associated with a tactile cue. The electronic device is also configured to detect an action for the selection of the feature. The electronic device is configured to assign the action to the feature.12-24-2009
20090307589METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - In a user interface that can identify concurrent pointing at a plurality of given positions on a screen, after detecting that a plurality of pointed positions are concurrently present in a display range of one object on a screen, whether or not an operation of moving the other pointed positions is performed, while keeping at least one pointed position among the plurality of pointed positions, is determined. Then, if it is determined that this operation is performed, the processing that is to be executed is decided based on the number of kept pointed positions and the number of moved pointed positions, and the decided process is executed on the object.12-10-2009
20120192068Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Navigating through an Electronic Document - An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface stores a document having primary content, supplementary content, and user-generated content. The device displays a representation of the document in a segmented user interface on the display. Primary content of the document is displayed in a first segment of the segmented user interface and supplementary content of the document is concurrently displayed in a second segment of the segmented user interface distinct from the first segment. The device receives a request to view user-generated content of the document. In response to the request, the device maintains display of the previously displayed primary content, ceases to display at least a portion of the previously displayed supplementary content, and displays user-generated content of the document in a third segment of the segmented user interface distinct from the first segment and the second segment.07-26-2012
20120192067THREE-DIMENSIONAL, MULTI-DEPTH PRESENTATION OF ICONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH DIFFERING INPUT COMPONENTS OF A USER INTERFACE - A three-dimensional display presents a plurality of icons that are associated with a user interface of an electronic device. The plurality of icons include at least a first icon presented at a first depth of presentation and a second icon presented at a second, different depth of presentation. The first icon is associated with a first input component of the user interface, such that the first input component provides for interaction with the first icon. The second icon is associated with a second input component of the user interface, such that the second input component provides for interaction with the second icon. The aforementioned depths of presentation may substantially coincide with various surfaces of the electronic device (such as a first touch-sensitive surface and a second touch-sensitive surface). This approach can serve to facilitate three-dimensional presentation of icons for interaction by touch-sensitive surfaces on the front and back of the electronic device.07-26-2012
20130073954TACTILE PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION - Embodiments of the invention provide a device and system for providing information to a user in a tactile form. In one embodiment, the invention provides a device for providing information to a user, the device comprising: a plurality of individually-addressable cells, each cell including an electrically-active material capable of changing shape and/or position in response to an electrical current; a electrical network connected to, and capable of delivering the electrical current to, each of the plurality of individually-addressable cells; a membrane atop the plurality of individually-addressable cells, onto which the change in shape and/or position of the electrically-active material in each cell may be transferred; and a receiver for receiving information capable of tactile presentation to a user using the plurality of individually-addressable cells.03-21-2013
20090271703ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device and a user interface display method thereof are provided. The method organizes a plurality of computer programs and a web browser executable on the electronic device into a virtual book including a plurality of ordinary pages and a list page. Each ordinary page of the virtual book includes a user interface of one of the computer programs or a web page displayed by the web browser. When one of the ordinary pages is displayed as the current page, the user interface or the web page of the current page is accessible to the user of the electronic device. The list page includes a plurality of entries and each of the entries represents one of the ordinary pages.10-29-2009
20090271702METHOD FOR SWITCHING USER INTERFACE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM USING THE SAME - A user interface switching method, and an electronic device and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces are provided, and one of the user interfaces is displayed in a touch screen of the portable electronic device. A representative icon bar and a hot key bar are displayed in the touch screen, wherein the representative icon bar comprises representative icons respectively corresponding to the user interfaces and the hot key bar comprises one or more hot keys corresponding to the user interface currently displayed in the touch screen. When the touch screen detects a touch signal which falls within the representative icon bar and is moved therein, the representative icon bar is moved correspondingly, and the displayed user interface and hot keys are also switched according to the representative icon on which the touch signal is terminated.10-29-2009
20120226979Navigation of a Graphical User Interface Using Multi-Dimensional Menus and Modes - A graphical user interface for display on a touchscreen display of an electronic user device includes operating modes arranged along at least a two dimensional plane of the graphical user interface, where the operating modes include at least a media play mode and a media capture mode. The graphical user interface also includes a currently-active view of a first operating mode displayed on the touchscreen display, where the currently-active view is changeable from the first operating mode to a second operating mode in response to a user input. Additionally, the graphical user interface includes a graphical representation of the second operating mode which is displayed on the touchscreen display as the currently-active view following the user input, where the user input corresponds to an instruction to navigate in a direction of the at least two dimensional plane of the graphical user interface which corresponds to the second operating mode.09-06-2012
20120226978Graphical User Interface Having An Orbital Menu System - A graphical user interface for display on a touchscreen display of an electronic user device includes an orbital menu that has a plurality of displayed selectable icons arranged in a first essentially circular pattern, wherein the selectable icons are a predetermined number of otherwise available icons for a current menu level of the orbital menu. In certain embodiments, the available icons are user selectable so as to be able to access device functions, menu levels, device options, etc. The orbital menu may include a number of hidden icons, which correspond to the remaining available icons that otherwise exceed the predetermined number. Additionally, the orbital menu may include a graphical representation of the selectable icons as spinning along the first essentially circular pattern in response to a user contact of the orbital menu provided using the touchscreen display.09-06-2012
20120226977SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOUCHSCREEN KNOB CONTROL - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for controlling a user interface. A system configured to practice the method displays a user interface element, such as a knob, on a touch-sensitive display. The system receives input from a user associated with the user interface element via the touch-sensitive display. For example, the user can provide input to the knob via a tap, twist, flick, press-and-hold, drag, slide, or other touch-based input with a single or multiple fingers or other points of contact. The system matches the input to an input category selected from a group of predefined input categories for the user interface element, and updates the user interface element based on the input and based on the input category. The system can also update a value represented by the user interface element, such as a value that affects output or other settings of a software application.09-06-2012
20110022957WEB BROWSING METHOD AND WEB BROWSING DEVICE - A web browsing device employing a touch input method and a web browsing method used in the web browsing device are provided. The web-browsing method includes: receiving a panning input on a screen on which a first web page is being displayed; and displaying on the screen a second web page according to a type of the received panning input.01-27-2011
20110022956Chinese Character Input Device and Method Thereof - A Chinese character input device and method thereof are described. The Chinese character input device includes a database, a touch panel and a processing module. The database stores multiple candidate characters, multiple initial consonants and multiple rhymes. Each candidate character is composed of at least one initial consonant and at least one rhyme. The touch panel displays a virtual keyboard including initial consonant virtual keys and rhyme virtual keys and receives a command. The command includes a touch on an initial consonant virtual key to determine an input initial consonant and a release at a rhyme virtual key to determine an input rhyme. The processing module is connected to the database and compares the input initial consonant and input rhyme with the initial consonants and rhymes in the database to generate at least one corresponding candidate character and displays the candidate character on the touch panel for selecting.01-27-2011
20110022955Mashup Application Processing System - A method, programmed medium and system are provided for enabling a user to move a piece of data or context to another page in a mashup application. Rather than linking directly between pages, pages are “linked” by a drag-and-drop action of the user. To move a piece of data or context to another page, the user drags an item from the current mashup page onto the tab of a target page to which the data item is to be moved. The dropping of a text item on, for example, a tab of a target page causes an event to be fired on the target page, which may be wired to widgets contained within the target page. The target tab is then brought into focus and its page contents displayed. Visual indicators are also provided on source pages to indicate the target pages, which will “accept” the dragged contents.01-27-2011
20120240042Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Establishing an Impromptu Network - An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and a device motion sensor detects a predefined gesture on the touch-sensitive surface. The predefined gesture has one or more gesture components. The device detects a predefined movement of the electronic device with the device motion sensor. The predefined movement has one or more movement components. In response to detecting the predefined gesture and the predefined movement, the device, in accordance with a determination that the one or more gesture components and the one or more movement components satisfy predefined concurrency criteria, performs a predefined operation that is associated with concurrent detection of the predefined gesture and the predefined movement, and in accordance with a determination that the one or more gesture components and the one or more movement components do not satisfy the predefined concurrency criteria, foregoes performing the predefined operation.09-20-2012
20080294984Customizing Haptic Effects On An End User Device - Systems, methods, and associated software are described herein for enabling a regular user of an end user device, such as a cellular telephone, to customize parameters associated with haptic effects applied to the user by the end user device. In one implementation, among several, a method described herein includes enabling a user of an end user device to access software adapted to design or modify haptic effects of the end user device. The method further includes enabling the user to open a haptic track file and enter or modify parameters associated with the haptic effects of the opened haptic track file.11-27-2008
20100299597DISPLAY MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MOBILE TERMINAL - A display management method and system of a mobile terminal for switching between user interfaces of applications is disclosed. A display management method of a mobile terminal according to the present invention includes displaying a first execution screen of a first application on a display; detecting an input signal for activating a second application; and displaying a second execution screen corresponding to the second application in response to the input signal, wherein displaying the second execution screen comprising presenting at least one of a first intermediate image obtained by downsizing an image contained within the first execution screen, a second intermediate image obtained by downsizing an image contained within the second execution screen, and a task window containing at least the downsized first and second intermediate images in a sequential order.11-25-2010
20110035664METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING LETTERS ON TOUCH SCREEN OF TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for displaying letters and images on a touch screen of a terminal is disclosed. When a region on the touch screen is designated, in a block, according to a touch from a user, the at least one of letters and images contained in the designated block are displayed on an area in the touch screen, as a pop up screen. Thereby, users are able to more easily recognize the at least one of the letters and images currently designated by the block.02-10-2011
20110029868USER INTERFACES FOR SMALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A user interface for a mobile electronic device, including a slider bar that supports three user inputs; namely, (i) slide up, (ii) slide down, and (iii) press, wherein slide up and slide down cause respective scrolling up and scrolling down through a menu of items, and wherein press causes selection of a scrolled-to menu item.02-03-2011
20110283188VALUE INTERVAL SELECTION ON MULTI-TOUCH DEVICES - This disclosure provides examples of computerized methods and software for receiving time-based interval selections on multi-touch devices. In one aspect, a time interval slider is displayed in a portion of a graphical user interface, where the time interval slider is a listing of time values in a single dimension at a first granularity level. A request is received via a multi-touch gesture to change from the first granularity level of time values to a second granularity level of time values in the time interval slider. In response, an updated set of time values at a second granularity level is displayed within the time interval slider. A selection of a first time value is received for a first endpoint in a time interval via a first touch input, and a selection of a second time value is received for a second endpoint in the time interval via a second touch input.11-17-2011
20110302491PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method includes displaying a selectable feature on a display of an electronic device, detecting a touch on a touch-sensitive input device, wherein the touch is associated with the selectable feature, and displaying a preview of information from an application associated with the selectable feature.12-08-2011
20110289408MENU PATH TRACKING AND DISPLAY OF PATH STEPS - A wireless handset and method that allows selection and display of steps from a path of commands is described. More particularly, the wireless handset comprises a processor, a display, a first directory, a first-level subdirectory, and a navigation tracking list. The processor supports functions performed by the handset. The first-level subdirectory is associated with the first directory such that the first-level subdirectory is accessed from the first directory. The navigation tracking list is presented on the display. The navigation tracking list includes a first text box representing the first directory and a second text box representing the first-level subdirectory. The second text box is adjacent to the first text box. The user interface is configured to receive a selection from one of the first text box and the second text box.11-24-2011
20120017147METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTERACTING WITH PROJECTED USER INTERFACE - Aspect methods and systems enable interaction with projected user interface through user input gestures performed on a mobile device. The mobile device may project the user interface image on an external surface, such as from a pico projector, and detect user input gestures performed by users. The mobile device may interpret the detected user input gestures, and change the projected user interface image in response to the interpreted user input gestures. User input gestures may be in the form of touch gestures performed on a touchscreen of the mobile device and/or in the form of hand gestures performed by turning, rotating and/or hoping the mobile device.01-19-2012
20110173534Notification system for increasing user engagement - A content and context aware method and system taking one or more of multiple inputs based on user behavior, user context, content access times, content access frequency, or other settings and preferences to present one or more of multiple triggers to notify user of suggested actions or motivate users to take one or more suggested actions.07-14-2011
20100005390MOBILE TERMINAL USING PROXIMITY SENSOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal are provided. The method includes displaying a first screen on a display module; if a pressure-touch input is detected from the first screen, displaying one or more menu items associated with the first screen; choosing one of the menu items according to a level of pressure corresponding to the pressure-touch input; and if a predetermined amount of time elapses after the choosing of one of the menu items, performing an operation corresponding to the chosen menu item. Therefore, it is possible to control various operations performed by the mobile terminal in response to a pressure-touch input.01-07-2010
20110265000APPARATUS, METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND USER INTERFACE - An apparatus, method, computer program and apparatus wherein the apparatus comprises: a user input device; at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code; wherein the at least one memory and the computer program code are configured to, with the at least one processor, enable the apparatus to: provide a user selectable part of the user input device; configure the apparatus in either a first state or a second state wherein, in the first state the user selectable part is associated with a first function, having a first characteristic, so that the first function is performed in response to actuation of the user selectable part and in the second state the user selectable part is not associated with the first function so that the first function is not performed in response to the actuation of the user selectable part; and configure the apparatus to control the tactile quality of the user selectable part with respect to the rest of the user input device so that the user selectable part is provided with a first tactile quality when the apparatus is in the first state and a second tactile quality when the apparatus is in the second state wherein the relative height is indicative of the first characteristic of the first function.10-27-2011
20110265002METHOD OF INTERACTING WITH A SCROLLABLE AREA ON A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method of interacting with a scrollable area on a portable electronic device is described. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of interacting with a portable electronic device having a touch-sensitive display, the method comprising: displaying a user interface screen having a scrollable area on the touch-sensitive display; and displaying a transparent scrollbar which overlays elements of the user interface screen when a touch event is detected in a display area corresponding to the scrollable area.10-27-2011
20100064214ELECTRONIC SYSTEM AND INTERACTIVE INPUTTING METHOD THEREOF - An interactive input method of an electronic system displays at least two images selected from different image groups on an image input field and receives one of the at least two images, at least one next input field or a confirm input field. Each of the at least two images of the image input field is stored in turn. A next image input field and at least two images of the next image input field selected from the at least two different image groups are generated by selecting the at least one next input field. The next image input field stops generating by selecting the confirm input field.03-11-2010
20110191674Virtual musical interface in a haptic virtual environment - The invention relates to a virtual musical interface for composing, editing, and/or performing audio works. In certain embodiments, the invention relates to a virtual musical interface rendered as a virtual object in a haptic environment, where one or more parameters of the virtual object are associated with one or more audio attributes. Thus, methods and systems of the invention provide audio, visual, and/or haptic feedback in response to a user interaction.08-04-2011
20100169774Electronics apparatus, method for displaying map, and computer program - An electronics apparatus includes an information storing unit that stores map data; a display unit that displays an image; a touched position detecting unit that detects a touched position on the displayed image in the display unit; and a control unit that displays a map in the display unit using the map data, wherein the control unit sets a target position in accordance with the position detected by the touched position detecting unit, and if the target position is located on the map, the control unit displays the map so that the target position is matched with a predefined position by scrolling the map, and if the target position is not located on the map, the control unit creates another map in which the target position is matched with the predefined position using the stored map data, and replaces the map displayed by the display unit with the created map.07-01-2010
20100169773METHOD FOR PROVIDING GUI USING POINTER WITH SENSUOUS EFFECT THAT POINTER IS MOVED BY GRAVITY AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF - A method for providing a GUI which uses a pointer with a sensuous effect showing that the pointer is moved by gravity is provided. The GUI providing method moves a pointer toward a specific position of a GUI-component if the pointer enters the GUI-component, and outputs at least one of an auditory effect and a tactile effect while the pointer moves toward the specific position. Accordingly, the user moves the pointer to the GUI-component more easily and enjoys entertainment.07-01-2010
20100169772TABBED CONTENT VIEW ON A TOUCH-SCREEN DEVICE - Content may be displayed on a touch-screen display of a device as part of a graphical interface in which the content is divided into categories or sections, and each category/section is associated with a graphical tab. The device may detect a selection of one of the graphic tabs based on a touch gesture received by the touch-screen display and display, on the touch-screen display, content items corresponding to the subset of content items for the selected tab.07-01-2010
20090070670INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE - An information display device having a large display screen which enables a user to operate an object displayed at a position distant from a user operation position is provided. The information display device has the display screen with a touch sensor, and enables a remote control of the display screen through a touch operation on the small screen area which is set to display a demagnified version of an image displayed on the display screen, by shifting a touch operation position in the small screen area to a position on the display screen. Hence an operation on the display screen and that on the small screen can be executed as the operations corresponding with each other.03-12-2009
20100088596METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE ON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A method and method for displaying an image via a graphical user interface on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device includes detecting a predetermined relation between a selection tool and the image. The image is panned in response to movement of the selection tool along the touch-sensitive display. The image is zoomed on in response to depression of the touch-sensitive display. An optional cursor may be activated upon detection of a first tap of the selection tool on the touch-sensitive display.04-08-2010
20090150777UTILITY OBJECT FOR SPECIALIZED DATA ENTRY - An object is associated with one or more controls in a software application. An object associated with a control determines the operation of the data entry user interface when the data entry user interface is being employed to enter data into the control. More particularly, the object may communicate interface e characteristics to a component that is responsible for providing the user interface to the user. Such a component may be, for example, a shared software module that renders the user interface on a display, receives input data from the user through the user interface, and routes the entered data to a designated destination. Alternately, the object itself may create a user interface having the specified characteristics.06-11-2009
20090150776UTILITY OBJECT FOR SPECIALIZED DATA ENTRY - An object is associated with one or more controls in a software application. An object associated with a control determines the operation of the data entry user interface when the data entry user interface is being employed to enter data into the control. More particularly, the object may communicate interface e characteristics to a component that is responsible for providing the user interface to the user. Such a component may be, for example, a shared software module that renders the user interface on a display, receives input data from the user through the user interface, and routes the entered data to a designated destination. Alternately, the object itself may create a user interface having the specified characteristics.06-11-2009
20090150775INFORMATION DISPLAY TERMINAL, INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided an information display terminal for displaying an object of a graphical user interface on a display screen including a first operation information acquiring unit for acquiring first operation information including location information on the display screen via a contact detection surface provided so as to overlap with the display screen; a second operation information acquiring unit for acquiring second operation information including location information on the display screen via a contact detection surface provided on a surface on the side opposite to the display screen; and a display controlling unit for controlling the display of the object on the display screen on the basis of the acquired first operation information and second operation information. As a result, an information display terminal having excellent visibility and operability, which can provide an operating environment where intuitive operation is possible, can be provided.06-11-2009
20100122162CONTENT DISPLAY DEVICE, TELEVISION RECEIVER, CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD, CONTENT DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A content display device for displaying content items on a screen includes: an operation instruction receiving section (05-13-2010
20120110447CONTROL OF VIRTUAL OBJECT USING DEVICE TOUCH INTERFACE FUNCTIONALITY - A virtual object can be controlled using one or more touch interfaces. A location for a first touch input can be determined on a first touch interface. A location for a second touch input can be determined on a second touch interface. A three-dimensional segment can be generated using the location of the first touch input, the location of the second touch input, and a pre-determined spatial relationship between the first touch interface and the second touch interface. The virtual object can be manipulated using the three-dimensional segment in c) as a control input. The manipulated virtual object can be displayed on a display.05-03-2012
20100125786IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND IMAGE DISPLAY PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes an image display element, an instruction position detection unit for accepting an instruction operation from a user through an operation face provided to a display screen of the image display element and detecting and outputting an instruction position of the instruction operation with respect to the operation face, a storage unit for storing and holding image data of images, and a display control unit for performing a control for displaying an image in accordance with the stored and held image data on the image display element, in which when the user performs a continuous movement on the operation face, the display control unit performs a control for scrolling the display image while being reduced together with images before and after the display image in accordance with a direction of the operation determined on the basis of a detection output from the instruction position detection unit.05-20-2010
20100125785Portable Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Using Emoji Characters While in a Locked Mode - In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display includes simultaneously displaying a character input area operable to display text character input and emoji character input selected by a user, a keyboard display area, and a plurality of emoji category icons. In response to detecting a gesture on a respective emoji category icon, the method also includes simultaneously displaying: a first subset of emoji character keys for the respective emoji category in the keyboard display area and a plurality of subset-sequence-indicia icons for the respective emoji category. The method also includes detecting a gesture in the keyboard display area and, in response: replacing display of the first subset of emoji character keys with display of a second subset of emoji character keys for the respective emoji category, and updating the information provided by the subset-sequence-indicia icons.05-20-2010
20100192062USER INTERFACE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING AND VIEWING DIGITAL DOCUMENTS - Systems, including handheld computing devices that include system code stored within the memory and adapted to be executed by the processor. The system code can process an input byte stream that is representative of contents to be displayed on the touch sensitive display and can generate a content document file representative of an internal representation of the content.07-29-2010
20120036434Configurable Pie Menu - Systems, methods, and other implementations for a configurable pie menu are described herein. A pie menu has sectors of which at least one sector is both associated with a currently assigned menu item and at least one configuration menu. The operation of the pie menu is started by a pie menu activation input. Subsequent user input may then be interpreted as a pie menu selection input or a pie menu configuration invocation input. A pie menu configuration invocation input ascertains a pie sector and invokes the at least one configuration menu associated with the ascertained pie sector. The configuration menus provide a larger set of menu items, one of which is the menu item currently assigned to the pie sector. A menu item selected from the invoked configuration menu is assigned to the pie sector to which the configuration menu is associated.02-09-2012
20100125788DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device for displaying operating parameters of an agricultural machine which includes a working unit has a display unit designed such that it may display several subsections, to each of which an operating parameter is assigned, in a first operating state of the working unit, a closed main region having a central geometric focal point may be displayed, and a first subsection is limited on the side by a second subsection, in a second operating state of the working unit, the mean distance between one side of the first subsection and the central geometric focal point is changed, and an agricultural machine includes the working unit, a driver's cab, and the display device.05-20-2010
20090276701APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR FACILITATING DRAG-AND-DROP OF AN OBJECT - An apparatus, method and computer program product are provided for facilitating the drag-and-drop of an object, wherein the distance a user has to drag a graphical item associated with the object may be reduced. Once a user has selected an object, for which a graphical item is displayed on an electronic device display screen, the electronic device may attempt to predict with which target object the user is likely to link, or otherwise associate, the selected object. Once the electronic device has identified one or more potential target objects, the electronic device may cause the graphical item(s) associated with those potential target object(s) to be displayed on the electronic device display screen at a location that is close to the location at which the selected graphical item is displayed.11-05-2009
20100083109METHOD FOR HANDLING INTERACTIONS WITH MULTIPLE USERS OF AN INTERACTIVE INPUT SYSTEM, AND INTERACTIVE INPUT SYSTEM EXECUTING THE METHOD - A method for handling a user request in a multi-user interactive input system comprises receiving a user request to perform an action from one user area defined on a display surface of the interactive input system and prompting for input from at least one other user via at least one other user area. In the event that input concurring with the user request is received from another user area, the action is performed.04-01-2010
20100088595Method of Tracking Touch Inputs - For a multitouch input configuration, tracking touch inputs includes calculating a first center position corresponding to two touch points along a first axis for a first frame, detecting variation of the first center position from the first frame to a second frame, and determining a gesture type according to the variation of the first center position.04-08-2010
20090307588Apparatus for controlling pointer operation - An apparatus for controlling operation of an operation device controls the operation device in the following manner. That is, when a pointer on a display screen is controlled by the operation device, the operation of the operation device is regarded as an equivalent of a press operation of an OK button that affirms a certain decision, or as an equivalent of a press operation of a switch button that switches a current screen to the next one, upon detecting an exit of the pointer from a wall area of the screen.12-10-2009
20090063967MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING APPLICATIONS THROUGH AN IDLE SCREEN THEREOF - A mobile terminal having a touch screen and a method for executing applications through an idle screen thereof are disclosed. When a smart screen is called through an idle screen, it is displayed on the idle screen so as to overlap the idle screen. The smart screen displayed on the idle screen includes one of a plurality of application executing screens and a scroll bar to change the application executing screen displayed on the idle screen.03-05-2009
20100083108TOUCH-SCREEN DEVICE HAVING SOFT ESCAPE KEY - A touch-screen device has a processor operatively coupled to a memory for storing and executing an application, and a touch-sensitive display screen for receiving a touch input for triggering a displaying of an escape key on the display screen. The displaying of the escape key can be triggered by touching the screen for a predetermined period of time, by swiping a stylus over the screen or by any other recognizable gesture. This soft escape key can thus be used to close, or escape from, an application.04-01-2010
20100083111MANIPULATION OF OBJECTS ON MULTI-TOUCH USER INTERFACE - Embodiments related to the manipulation of objects on a multi-touch graphical user interface are disclosed. For example, in one disclosed embodiment, a method of operating a multi-touch graphical user interface on a computing device comprises displaying a group of objects on the graphical user interface in a group representation, receiving a first multi-touch input in which a first number of touches associated with the group representation are moved on the graphical user interface, and in response to the first multi-touch input, changing a scale of the objects in the group representation. The method further comprises receiving a second multi-touch input in which a second number of touches associated with the group representation are moved on the graphical user interface, and in response to the second multi-touch input, changing an organization of the objects in the group representation on the graphical user interface.04-01-2010
20090276702METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BROWSING ITEM INFORMATION AND RECORDING MEDIUM USING THE SAME - A method and an apparatus for browsing item information and a recording medium using the same are provided. In the present application, a user interface is displayed in a touch screen of a portable electronic device, and an item icon bar is displayed at one side of the user interface, in which the item icon bar comprises item icons of one or multiple items of the user interface. Meanwhile, first item information corresponding to a first item icon among the item icons is displayed in the user interface. Then, a touch signal is detected through the touch screen. When the touch signal falls within the first item icon, an item information block is extended and displayed from the first item icon, and second item information corresponding to the first item icon is displayed in the item information block.11-05-2009
20090282332APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SELECTING MULTIPLE ITEMS USING MULTI-TOUCH - An apparatus, method and computer program product are provided for selecting multiple items on a touchscreen using multi-touch. In order to select an item and, by extension, an underlying object associated with the item, a user may touch the touchscreen proximate the area at which the item is displayed using multiple fingers, or other selection devices. In response to detecting that the user has touched the touchscreen using multiple fingers, or other selection devices, the electronic device may modify the graphical item to indicate that it is selected and identify the underlying object as selected. After selecting two or more graphical items and corresponding objects in this manner, the user may enter a command to be taken with respect to the selected graphical items and/or objects. In response, the electronic device may cause the action associated with the command to be performed with respect to the selected items and/or objects.11-12-2009
20080270900DEVICE, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SWITCHING A DEVICE BETWEEN APPLICATION MODES - A method, computer program product, and a digital device comprising a control unit arranged to control at least a first and a second application, a physical user interface comprising a first set of functional input elements, and when the device is running the first application, the physical user interface comprises a first set of functions associated with the functional input elements, an illuminating arrangement comprising at least one light source, and a dedicated part of the physical user interface that is activated and illuminated when the second application is opened in the device, displaying a second set of functions associated with a second set of functional input elements.10-30-2008
20090287999INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND DISPLAY INFORMATION EDITING METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - An information processing device of an aspect of the invention has display means having a display region; operation means, having a contact region, for outputting a position signal indicating the position of a contact operation in the contact region; range decision means for deciding a target range of the display region based on the position signals for two points from the operation means; processing menu display means for causing the display means to display a processing menu at a position corresponding to the target range of the display region; processing decision means for deciding the processing of the processing menu corresponding to the position of the contact operation in the contact region; and processing execution means for executing the processing on the target range of the display region.11-19-2009
20110173533Touch Operation Method and Operation Method of Electronic Device - A touch operation method and an operation method of an electronic device are provided. The touch operation method comprises judging whether an await-selection object displayed on a touch screen is touched; outputting a floating menu corresponding to an attribute of the await-selection object when a touch time period of touching the await-selection object lasts for a first predetermined time period; judging whether one of a plurality of menu fields in the floating menu is selected, and performing a first instruction corresponding to the selected menu field when one of the menu fields in the floating menu is selected; and performing a second instruction corresponding to the selected menu field when a touch time period of selecting the selected menu field lasts for a second predetermined time period.07-14-2011
20110271183METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN DEVICES - Methods and apparatus are provided to promote interoperability between devices having different user input devices by correlating user input that is provided via one or more input mechanisms of a client device to touch events on the server device. The method may maintain a terminal session between a server device and a client device in which the client device simulates at least a portion of a display generated at the server device. The method may access a mapping between touch events on the server device and actuation of respective input mechanisms of the client device. The method may also interpret one or more control signals provided in response to actuation of an input mechanism based upon the mapping and may then cause a user interface state of the server device to updated based on the actuation of the input mechanism of the client device.11-03-2011
20100293460TEXT SELECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM BASED ON GESTURES - Tapping gestures for selecting text on a device having a touch-sensitive screen are disclosed. A single tap gesture causes a portion of a character string to be selected. A double tap gesture causes the entire character string to be selected. A tap and hold gesture causes the device to enter a cursor mode wherein the placement of a cursor relative to the characters in the character string can be adjusted. In text selection mode, a finger can be used to move the cursor from a cursor start position to a cursor end position to select text therebetween.11-18-2010
20100005389Apparatus and method for a user to select one or more pieces of information - An apparatus and method for a user to select pieces of information. The apparatus comprising a rotatable part or a touch pad for the user to operate to scroll between the pieces of information using a movement along a closed path. Touch or engagement at predetermined position(s) along the closed path will allow the user to select predetermined pieces of information independently of the position of the scrolling.01-07-2010
20100146389Method of controlling virtual object or view point on two dimensional interactive display - A method of controlling a viewpoint of a user or a virtual object on a two-dimensional (2D) interactive display is provided. The method may convert a user input to at least 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) structured data according to a number of touch points, a movement direction thereof, and a rotation direction thereof. Any one of the virtual object and the viewpoint of the user may be determined as a manipulation target based on a location of the touch point.06-10-2010
20090006955METHOD, APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SELECTIVELY AND INTERACTIVELY DOWNLOADING A MEDIA ITEM - An apparatus, method, system and computer program product are provided for selectively and interactively downloading a media item, such as a video. Prior to downloading the media item, the user may first download an approximation of each group of pictures (GOPs) of the video. The user can then browse through the approximations to determine which of the GOPs to download. Each approximation may include at least part of the intra frame (“I-frame”) of the corresponding GOP. In particular, the approximation may include, only the low-frequency, component of the I-frame or the I-frame itself. Once downloaded, the approximations may be displayed, and the user may select one or more of the approximations to selectively download the corresponding GOPs. The selected GOPs may thereafter be downloaded in accordance with a selected level of specificity or detail.01-01-2009
20080276168Method, device, and graphical user interface for dialing with a click wheel - One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which a portable communications device with a click wheel and a display detects a plurality of finger contacts with the click wheel. Each finger contact includes an angular displacement of the finger contact on the click wheel between an initial location and a final location of the finger contact. The device displays an image that includes digits arranged in a circle. The image rotates, in response to each finger contact, by an amount determined in accordance with the angular displacement of the finger contact. For each finger contact, the device determines a digit. The determined digit is independent of the initial location of the finger contact on the click wheel. The device performs a task using the determined digits. Exemplary tasks include dialing a telephone number and sending numeric input to a remote computer.11-06-2008
20110209056DATA STRUCTURE MAPPING AND NAVIGATION - Embodiments provide navigable and other information to users. In an embodiment, a handheld computing device can be configured to provide a navigable map that includes a number of map list items corresponding to aspects of an underlying data structure. In one embodiment, a process includes displaying a number of linked list items of a navigable list map in a first display portion and displaying a preview of pertinent information associated with an item in a second display portion. Other embodiments are available.08-25-2011
20090265628METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING USER INTERFACE AND RECORDING MEDIUM USING THE SAME - A method and an apparatus for operating a user interface, and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces is provided and one of them is displayed on a touch screen of a portable electronic device. Then, the touch screen is used for detecting a touch signal. When the touch signal is moved toward a first direction, the currently displayed user interface is switched to another one. When the touch signal is moved toward a second direction, an item of the currently displayed user interface is switched to another item. Accordingly, a more intuitive and convenient manner for operating the user interface is provided for the user.10-22-2009
20090265627METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING USER INTERFACE BASED ON USER'S GESTURE - A mobile device and a method for controlling a user interface of the mobile device are disclosed. According to an embodiment, the method includes detecting a movement of the mobile device as applied by a user's gesture, scrolling at least one of a page displayed on the display and a selection point on the display according to the detected movement of the mobile device, determining whether a selectable item displayed within the page is positioned on the selection point of the display, and selecting the selectable item in response to a predetermined event, once the determining step determines that the selectable item is positioned on the selection point of the display.10-22-2009
20110126097INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON, AND OBJECT MOVEMENT METHOD - An information processing apparatus has a display unit operable to display an object, a contact detection unit operable to detect a plurality of contact points on the display unit, and a control unit operable to control the object displayed on the display unit so as to be movable with use of the contact detection unit. When the control unit detects contact with a display range of the object displayed on the display unit with use of the contact detection unit, detects contact with an active range of a display screen other than the display range of the object, and further detects a movement instruction to the object, then the control unit controls the object so as to be movable within the active range. Thus, use of a contact detection unit capable of a plurality of contact points permits a user's intuitive operation.05-26-2011
20110126096Remote control apparatus, remote control system, information processing method of remote control apparatus, and program - A remote control apparatus includes a display panel, an operation detector detecting an operation of touching the display panel, a remote controller remotely controlling an electronic apparatus in accordance with the touch operation, an item selection unit allowing a user to select a selection item in the display panel, a touch operation determination unit comparing a duration time of an operation of touching the selection item with a predetermined threshold value, a detailed information obtaining unit obtaining detailed information on the selection item from the electronic apparatus when the duration time is smaller than the threshold value, a related information obtaining unit obtaining related information on the selection item using the selection item as a searching condition from an external service apparatus when the duration time is equal to or larger than the threshold value, and a display controller controlling display of the detailed information or the related information.05-26-2011
20110126094METHOD OF MODIFYING COMMANDS ON A TOUCH SCREEN USER INTERFACE - A method of modifying commands is disclosed and may include detecting an initial command gesture and determining whether a first subsequent command gesture is detected. Further, the method may include executing a base command when a first subsequent command gesture is not detected and executing a first modified command when a first subsequent command gesture is detected.05-26-2011
20110010622Touch Activated Display Data Entry - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with touch activated display (TAD) data entry are described. An example apparatus displays a first set of touch selected virtual keypad elements (TSVKEs). A member of the first set of TSVKEs includes a subset of a set of symbols. A first member of the first set of TSVKEs is selected by touching the TAD at a first location associated with the first member. The apparatus also displays a second set of TSVKEs that depends on the first member. A member of the second set of TSVKEs displays a subset of symbols displayed by the first member. In response to a selection, the apparatus also provides a symbol associated with a second member selected from the second set of TSVKEs to a processor.01-13-2011
20100269039CUSTOM POINTER FEATURES FOR TOUCH-SCREEN ON REMOTE CLIENT DEVICES - Examples of systems and methods for providing a cursor for a touch-screen at a client device are disclosed. An apparatus may comprise a remote view module configured to generate a remote view based on display output from a remote server, a local view module configured to generate a cursor, the cursor including a finger pad and a pointer, configured to monitor movements of a user's finger on a local display at a local client device, configured to move the finger pad and the pointer together on the local display to track movements of the user's finger, configured to receive user inputs to the cursor from the local display, and configured to facilitate sending coordinates of the pointer and the received user inputs to the remote server, and a display module configured to provide, to the local display, a composite view comprising the cursor and the remote view.10-21-2010
20100146388METHOD FOR DEFINING CONTENT DOWNLOAD PARAMETERS WITH SIMPLE GESTURE - A system and method of defining download parameters for downloading a desired content item is provided. A user presented with content on a display for downloading selects a desired content item to be downloaded by pointing to a visual thumbnail icon or representation of the desired content item. A download parameter interface is presented (e.g., overlaid on the icon) on the display. The user is then able to adjust one or more download parameters associated with the desired content item. Upon achieving the desired values for the one or more download parameters, the desired content item is processed in accordance with the desired values, and is then presented to the user.06-10-2010
20110209057MULTI-SCREEN HOLD AND PAGE-FLIP GESTURE - Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and page-flip gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a journal page that is displayed on the first screen. A motion input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the motion input is recognized while the hold input remains held in place. A hold and page-flip gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and motion inputs, and the hold and page-flip gesture is effective to maintain the display of the journal page while one or more additional journal pages are flipped for display on the second screen.08-25-2011
20080215970INTERACTION DATA DISPLAY APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING THE INTERACTION DATA - Disclosed herewith is a system for keeping sensing of mass data of members of an organization with respect to states of their meeting and activities and analyzing and evaluating their interactions according to those sensor data. Interaction data includes first information denoting whether or not a terminal unit has faced a different terminal unit and second information denoting a state of the terminal unit and excluding information denoting positions of the first information and the terminal unit. An interaction data display apparatus includes a receiving unit for receiving interaction data from the terminal unit and a display unit for displaying the received interaction data. The display unit displays the first and second information items included in the interaction data received by the receiving unit so as to be related to each other according to times at which those first and second information items are obtained respectively.09-04-2008
20120036435Apparatuses and Methods for Rearranging Menu Items - An electronic interaction apparatus is provided with a processing unit. The processing unit detects a drag event on a touch screen to indicate a first position to which a menu item is moved, and determines whether the first position corresponds to a page indicator other than a currently highlighted page indicator. If so, the processing unit further configures the touch screen to display a plurality of first menu items corresponding to the page indicator.02-09-2012
20110209058MULTI-SCREEN HOLD AND TAP GESTURE - Embodiments of a multi-screen hold and tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a hold input is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system, and the hold input is recognized when held to select a displayed object on the first screen. A tap input is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the tap input is recognized when the displayed object continues being selected. A hold and tap gesture can then be determined from the recognized hold and tap inputs.08-25-2011
20090183070MULTIMODAL COMMUNICATION AND COMMAND CONTROL SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS - Systems and methods are provided that enable multimodal communication command and control of various systems, such as the Internet, cable or satellite television, and other systems, with utilization of a device configured to accept user command and control inputs and an interface to the system or systems being controlled.07-16-2009
20110225492Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Marquee Scrolling within a Display Area - A method, performed at a portable electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface, includes displaying a list of items on the display. The method also includes displaying an item in the list with just a portion of the item visible on the display. The method further includes detecting a first gesture on the touch-sensitive surface at a location that corresponds to the item. The method further includes, in response to detecting the first gesture, marquee scrolling the item in a predefined marquee scrolling direction.09-15-2011
20090049382Interactive hybrid printed material interface system and method - One aspect provides a method of outputting digital content from an interactive user device that includes the steps of: (a) providing a printed publication including a plurality of printed objects associated with digital content; (b) providing an interactive user device having circuitry adapted to generate and transmit a location signal; (c) providing a server device for storing the digital content; (d) providing an output device electronically coupled to the interactive user device; (e) actuating the circuitry corresponding to one of the plurality of printed objects; (f) transmitting a first signal from the interactive user device to the server device, where the first signal includes a request to access the digital content; (g) receiving a second signal from the server device, where the second signal includes the digital content, a location thereof, and/or instructions for outputting the digital content; and (h) outputting the digital content on the output device.02-19-2009
20110145705CONTROL METHOD OF USER INTERFACE - This invention provides a method for controlling a user interface of an electronic device. The electronic device has a touch screen. The control method includes the following steps. A first area and a second area are defined on the touch screen. A plurality of options of a first group are displayed in the second area. An operation of a user in the second area is determined. If the operation is a click, contents corresponding to one of the options of the first group clicked by the user are displayed in the first area. If the operation is a slide, a plurality of options of a second group are displayed in the second area, while an image displayed in the first area is unchanged.06-16-2011
20110145706CREATING VIRTUAL REPLICAS OF PHYSICAL OBJECTS - The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for creating virtual replicas of physical objects. A computer system detects that a portion of a physical object has come into the physical vicinity of a portion of a multi-touch input display surface. The computer system accesses object identifying data corresponding to the object. The computer system uses the object identifying data to access image data for the object from a repository of stored image data. The computer system uses the at least the accessed image data to generate a virtual replica of the object. The computer system presents the virtual replica of the object at a location on the multi-touch input display surface where the portion of the object was detected.06-16-2011
20080263445EDITING OF DATA USING MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - An electronic device, a mobile communication terminal, method and computer program product for editing data The method of editing data of an electronic device displays an item list comprising at least one item; detecting first and second touch inputs and detects a change in a distance between first and second touch input points. The method executes a predetermined function related to the item list according to the detected distance change.10-23-2008
20090222725METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INPUT ASSISTANCE - An input assistance apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate from input content data a first input candidate that has first notation data, a storage unit configured to store reference data, the reference data including reference data components, each reference data components including second notation data representing a notation of the reference data component and ordinal data representing a time position of the reference data component in the reference data, the second notation data being stored in association with the ordinal data, a storage unit configured to store an input history including the notation data, the ordinal data associated with the notation data and the input position data, an estimation unit configured to estimate a retrieval range for the reference data, from the input position data and the input history, and a generation unit configured to retrieve, from the retrieval range, and to generate a second input candidate.09-03-2009
20090249203USER INTERFACE DEVICE, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND ITS RECORDING MEDIUM - An interface device executes a first display process, a moving and display process and a second display process. In the first display process, a plurality of items each including hiragana of Japanese alphabet, are displayed on a full screen liquid display touch panel. In the moving and display process, when one of the plurality of items is touched or touched and dragged, the hiragana of the item is displayed at a position different from the original display position. In the second display process, a touch-up on the full screen liquid crystal touch panel is detected, and a list of options whose names start from the hiragana in the item corresponding to the touched-up position or related information thereto, among the plurality of options, is displayed. Thus, it is possible to easily display a list of desired option group from the options, on the user interface device.10-01-2009
20080313538Visual Feedback Display - Visual feedback may be provided. First, a continuous contact with a first point on a surface may be detected. The surface may comprise, for example, a touch screen or a touch pad. The continuous contact may be caused by a selecting element comprising, for example, a stylus or a digit of a subject. Then a menu may be displayed in response to the detected continuous contact. The menu may comprise a plurality of menu selectable elements. Next it may be detected that the continuous contact has moved from the first point on the surface to a second point on the surface. The second point may correspond to a one of the plurality of menu selectable elements. Then a control may be displayed corresponding the one of the plurality of menu selectable elements.12-18-2008
20120144299Blind Navigation for Touch Interfaces - Systems and methods for enabling blind navigation of a control device having a touch interface include one or more steps of receiving an indication that the control device is to enable blind navigation, receiving an input via the touch interface, determining a command to which the received input corresponds, and executing or transmitting the command.06-07-2012
20100185948USER INTERFACE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING AND VIEWING DIGITAL DOCUMENTS - Systems, including handheld computing devices that include system code stored within the memory and adapted to be executed by the processor. The system code can process an input byte stream that is representative of contents to be displayed on the touch sensitive display and can generate a content document file representative of an internal representation of the content.07-22-2010
20100162110PICTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF HISTORICAL DATA OF BUILDING SYSTEMS - A system and method for analyzing building systems includes an input mechanism for gathering data over time from building systems and a graphical display of a building or portion of a building. The system has an interface device for receiving user input. A controller drives the display and graphically represents the selected portion of the building and the selected building systems. The controller displays data graphically on the display in time lapse from the building system to be analyzed and other building systems. The system allows a user to select at least one building system to be analyzed and at least one other building system that may influence the at least one building system to be analyzed.06-24-2010
20100162111CONTROLLER INTERFACE WITH SEPARATE SCHEDULE REVIEW MODE - A controller equipped with a user interface having a separate schedule review mode, including methods of accessing and/or programming such devices, are disclosed. The controller may include a user interface that can be utilized to initiate a scheduling routine having a separate schedule review mode for displaying one or more schedule parameters of the controller without initiating the editing mode. An illustrative method of accessing a schedule on a controller coupled to a user interface may include the steps of initializing a scheduling routine within the controller, initiating a schedule review mode within the controller, displaying one or more schedule parameters for at least one period on the user interface, and exiting the scheduling routine. One or more of the schedule parameters can be modified, if desired, by initiating a separate editing mode within the controller.06-24-2010
20100162109USER INTERFACE HAVING CHANGEABLE TOPOGRAPHY - A user interface having changeable topography is disclosed. The user interface can have a shape changeable surface that can selectively alter according to an input so as to provide changeable topography of the user interface. The surface can include individual nodes that can raise above or lower below the initial surface. Alternatively, the surface can include a shape changeable material that can change the shape of portions thereof into discrete shapes above or below the initial surface. Alternatively, the surface can include a deformable material that can deform portions thereof into discrete forms above or below the initial surface. The changeable topography can define different user interface layouts. The user interface can, for example, be associated with input and/or output devices, such as touch pads, touch screens, and the like.06-24-2010
20100185947SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTED INFORMATION PRESENTATION AND INTERACTION - A system for distributed information processing and interaction includes a plurality of output devices arranged to produce a respective output portion of a system output, a plurality of application processors and a state server in data communication with the plurality of application processors. Each respective output portion is defined by context information. Each application processor is configured to process one or more respective application programs and is responsive to the context information. Each application processor is coupled with an associated respective output device for controlling the output device in producing the respective output portion. The state server provides the context information to the plurality of application processors. The architecture is extended to a more general system in which output devices produce a variety of outputs including device actuations, as well as video displays, and receive a variety of inputs.07-22-2010
20100229089INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a control section which, if it is determined that a first object is selected by an operating body, causes a second object, which is obtained by duplicating a part or all of the first object, to be displayed at a predetermined position on a second display surface, and if it is determined that the second object is selected by the operating body, hides the first object displayed at the position indicated by object coordinate information and also updates the object coordinate information with in-second display surface destination coordinate information.09-09-2010
20100162108QUICK-ACCESS MENU FOR MOBILE DEVICE - A computing device displays a multi-button menu icon and a group of application icons associated with one of the buttons of the multi-button menu icon. User input is received to activate the multi-button menu icon and to identify a first button of the multi-button menu icon associated with a location of the user input. A group of application icons, associated with the identified first button of the multi-button menu icon, is displayed. A second button of the multi-button menu icon is identified based on a changed location of the user input, and a different group of application icons associated with the identified second button are displayed. The multi-button menu icon is deactivated upon removal of the user input, allowing one of the application icons to be selected with a second user input.06-24-2010
20100153844THREE DIMENSIONAL ICON STACKS - A method performed by a user device includes displaying a graphical user interface (GUI) on a touch screen, where the GUI includes a stack having a plurality of items. Each of the plurality of items is at least partially exposed to permit selection by a user, and each of the plurality of items includes content or provides access to content. The method further includes detecting an area of the touch screen that is touched by an instrument, and determining whether the touched area corresponds to an area of the stack or an area of one of the plurality of items. The method also includes determining a gesture corresponding to the touched area, performing an operation, corresponding to the gesture, on the stack or on the one of the plurality of items, and displaying, on the touch screen, content associated with the operation.06-17-2010
20100241958METHOD AND SYSTEM TO MANAGE AND PRIORITIZE WINDOWS BASED ON TOUCH STRIP INPUTS - Method and system for managing and prioritizing windows based on touch strip inputs. A method may include detecting a user gesture on a touch strip positioned on a screen, where the screen has multiple regions, and each region is associated with a set of applications. The method further includes identifying at least one of the regions that corresponds to the user gesture, determining which action should be performed with respect to at least one application associated with the identified region, and performing the action with respect to the at least one application associated with the identified region.09-23-2010
20100241956Information Processing Apparatus and Method of Controlling Information Processing Apparatus - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a touch panel comprising a display unit comprising a display screen and a touch sensor provided on the display screen and configured to output detection signals indicating touched positions on the display screen, a mode setup module configured to set a hovering mode when a one detection signal of the detection signals indicates an inside position of a hovering mode area set on the display screen, and an event output module configured to output a one position event based on an another detection signal to a one program which controls a window displayed at the outside position of the display screen when the hovering mode is set and the another detection signal of the detection signals indicates an outside position of the hovering mode area.09-23-2010
20100241955ORGANIZATION AND MANIPULATION OF CONTENT ITEMS ON A TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY - Embodiments related to the manipulation of content items on a touch sensitive display are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment comprises a method for operating a graphical user interface on a computing device comprising a touch-sensitive display. The method comprises displaying a content container on the touch-sensitive display, the content container being configured to arrange one or more content items in the content container as a grouped set of content items and to allow a user to selectively move content items into and out of the content container. The method further comprises displaying an ungrouped set of content items on the touch-sensitive display outside of the content container, receiving a user input via a user interface associated with the content container, and in response to the user input, highlighting a content item in the ungrouped set of content items to form a highlighted ungrouped content item.09-23-2010
20100235734Methods and Graphical User Interfaces for Editing on a Multifunction Device with a Touch Screen Display - In some embodiments, a device displays content on a touch screen display and detects input by finger gestures. In response to the finger gestures, the device selects content, visually distinguishes the selected content, and/or updates the selected content based on detected input. In some embodiments, the device displays a command display area that includes one or more command icons; detects activation of a command icon in the command display area; and, in response to detecting activation of the command icon in the command display area, performs a corresponding action with respect to the selected content. Exemplary actions include cutting, copying, and pasting content.09-16-2010
20100235735Methods and Graphical User Interfaces for Editing on a Multifunction Device with a Touch Screen Display - In some embodiments, a device displays content on a touch screen display and detects input by finger gestures. In response to the finger gestures, the device selects content, visually distinguishes the selected content, and/or updates the selected content based on detected input. In some embodiments, the device displays a command display area that includes one or more command icons; detects activation of a command icon in the command display area; and, in response to detecting activation of the command icon in the command display area, performs a corresponding action with respect to the selected content. Exemplary actions include cutting, copying, and pasting content.09-16-2010
20100235732SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTING WITH STATUS INFORMATION ON A TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE - A method for interacting with a computing device, involving presenting a first mode of a touch interface, where the touch interface is configured as a user interface of the computing device, where the touch interface comprises at least one status icon, and where in the first mode, the status icon is not selectable by touch input. The method further includes receiving, from a user using the computing device, a first input indicating a desire to switch from the first mode to a second mode of the touch interface; and in response to receiving the first input, presenting the user with the second mode of the touch interface, where in the second mode, the status icon is selectable by touch input, and where the status icon displays a corresponding status of the computing device.09-16-2010
20100146387TOUCH DISPLAY SCROLL CONTROL - A scroll control recognizes a touch input directed to a selectable item while the selectable item is scrolling on a touch display. The scroll control determines if the selectable item is scrolling above a threshold velocity when the touch input directed to the selectable item is recognized. If the selectable item is determined to be scrolling above the threshold velocity, scrolling of the selectable item is stopped. If the selectable item is determined to be scrolling below the threshold velocity, the selectable item is selected.06-10-2010
20100241957SYSTEM WITH DDI PROVIDING TOUCH ICON IMAGE SUMMING - A data processing system having a display incorporating a touch screen, a constituent display driver (DDI) and method of display an image including a touch icon are disclosed. The DDI receives image data principally defining the display data defining the image on the display and separately receives touch icon image data defining the touch icon within the image. The image data and the touch icon image data are combined in the DDI to generate the display data provided to the display.09-23-2010
20100251113PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A USER INTERFACE OF THE PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device and method for constructing a user interface of the portable electronic device are provided. The method predefines function combinations, constructs a coordinate system of a display area on a touch-based screen of the portable electronic device, and generates a matrix user interface based on the coordinate system. The method further divides the matrix user interface into grids, sets a coordinate value for each of the grids, and associates each of the function combinations with one of the grids according to the coordinate value. In addition, the method arranges each of the function combinations to a corresponding grid of the matrix user interface, and displays the matrix user interface on the touch-based screen.09-30-2010
20090292989PANNING CONTENT UTILIZING A DRAG OPERATION - Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and computer systems for intuitively invoking a panning action (e.g., moving content within a content region of a display area) by applying a user-initiated input at the content region rendered at a touchscreen interface are provided. Initially, aspects of the user-initiated input include a location of actuation (e.g., touch point on the touchscreen interface) and a gesture. Upon ascertaining that the actuation location occurred within the content region and that the gesture is a drag operation, based on a distance of uninterrupted tactile contact with the touchscreen interface, a panning mode may be initiated. When in the panning mode, and if the application rendering the content at the display area supports scrolling functionality, the gesture will control movement of the content within the content region. In particular, the drag operation of the gesture will pan the content within the display area when surfaced at the touchscreen interface.11-26-2009
20100235736Virtual Magnifying Glass with on-the Fly Control Functionalities - A display screen magnifier is controllable by a user to magnify selected portions of a desktop including windows open on the screen. A moveable magnifier frame is provided, within which a magnified image is presented. The magnified image corresponds to screen content located within a magnification region underlying the magnifier frame, magnified to a set level of magnification. The magnifier is controllable through use of a user input device. At least one operational parameter of the magnifier can be adjusted, without interaction with on-screen objects and without taking focus away from the desktop or any windows open on the screen. In a particular embodiment of the invention, on-the-fly controllability of the magnifier includes its activation and deactivation, adjustment of the magnification level, and adjustment of the size of the magnifier frame.09-16-2010
20100235733DIRECT MANIPULATION OF CONTENT - Various embodiments provide techniques for direct manipulation of content. The direct manipulation of content can provide an intuitive way for a user to access and interact with content. In at least some embodiments, content manipulation is “direct” in that content displayed in a user interface (e.g., one or more Web pages in a Web browser interface) can be moved in and/or out of the user interface in a direction that corresponds to user-initiated physical movements, such as the user dragging or flicking the content with the user's finger or some other type of input device.09-16-2010
20100251114DIGITAL INTERFACE FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE - A digital interface has a main screen having a treatment screen and a scroll bar. The treatment screen includes a list of treatment inputs. The scroll bar has a displacement detection area, and the scroll bar scrolls to a divider in the list of treatment inputs in response to movement along the displacement detection area. The treatment screen displays the list of treatment inputs beginning with the divider.09-30-2010
20100251115Soft Buttons for an Information Handling System - An input system for use with an information handling system is disclosed. The input system may include a display device having a viewing area defined by a perimeter, a graphic user interface configured to display an input option within the viewing area adjacent the perimeter, a frame adjacent the perimeter of the viewing area, and a proximity sensing element associated with the frame and located outside the viewing area of the display device. The proximity sensing element may be configured to sense a user selecting the input option indicated by the graphic user interface.09-30-2010
20100251112BIMODAL TOUCH SENSITIVE DIGITAL NOTEBOOK - A touch sensitive computing system, including a touch sensitive display and interface software operatively coupled with the touch sensitive display. The interface software is configured to detect a touch input applied to the touch sensitive display and, in response to such detection, display touch operable user interface at a location on the touch sensitive display that is dependent upon where the touch input is applied to the touch sensitive display.09-30-2010
20100125787INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus inputs a coordinate value of a position designated on a screen which displays one or a plurality of objects, compares an input locus expressed by the input coordinate value string with a second locus, which is defined in advance as a locus used to give the instruction to execute a process for an object, and determines whether the input locus is a first locus or the second locus. When it is determined that the input locus is the first locus, the apparatus selects an object from the one or plurality of objects based on the display positions of the input locus and the object on the screen. When it is determined that the input locus is the second locus, the apparatus executes a process designated by the input locus with respect to the selected object.05-20-2010
20100138743Intuitive file transfer method - An intuitive file transfer method transfers a selected file from a source device to a selected destination device based on intuitive operation of file transferring. The source device and the destination device are connected by a data transmission device. The source device and the destination device are both provided with a storage device and are both loaded with an intuitive file transfer program. After initialization, the source device and the destination device start the intuitive file transfer programs, which detect if a user uses a pointing device to select an object icon to be transferred in a display area of the source device. When the selected object icon is detected to be moved by the user through a predetermined pointing operation, source data associated with the selected object icon are transmitted through the data transmission device to the storage device of the destination device.06-03-2010
20120198333VIRTUAL HOLD BASKETS OF MEDIA OBJECTS - An apparatus, and an associated method, facilitates manipulation of multi-media files by “marking” files as being in a “hold” state. Object files in a hold state are processed the same way and enable play lists to be created using icons displayed on a screen.08-02-2012
20100269038Variable Rate Scrolling - A method may include outputting, to a display, at least a portion of a number of items. The method may also include receiving a first user input via the display and identifying a location on the display corresponding to the first user input. The method may further include determining a scroll rate associated with the location and scrolling, via the display, the plurality of items at the determined scroll rate.10-21-2010
20100269040MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A method of controlling a mobile terminal is presented. The method includes detecting a first touch on the mobile terminal for a predetermined time when the mobile terminal is in a locked state, simultaneously displaying a locking icon and an unlocking icon in response to the detected first touch, and detecting a second touch on the locking icon or the unlocking icon, wherein touching the locking icon for a predetermined time will partially unlock the mobile terminal, and wherein touching and dragging the unlocking icon to the locking icon will fully unlock the mobile terminal.10-21-2010
20090138800APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DIRECTING OPERATION OF A SOFTWARE APPLICATION VIA A TOUCH-SENSITIVE SURFACE - An apparatus is provided that includes a processor configured to receive data representative of points on a touch-sensitive surface with which an object comes into contact to initiate and carry out a trace or movement interaction with the surface. In this regard, the trace is defined by a shape formed by the points, and the movement interaction is defined by movement reflected by the points. The processor is configured to determine if the contact is initiated to carry out a trace or movement interaction based on the data. The contact is initiated to carry out a trace if contact of the object is made and the object is held substantially in place for a period of time, the determination being made. The processor is then configured to interpret the data based on the determination to thereby direct interaction with media presented on the corresponding display based on the interpretation.05-28-2009
20090319894RENDERING TEACHING ANIMATIONS ON A USER-INTERFACE DISPLAY - Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and computer systems for intuitively surfacing a teaching animation that demonstrates a manual gesture recognized by a writing-pad tool are provided. Initially, the writing-pad tool is interrogated to determine a context of a computing environment associated with a touchscreen interface. Generally, determining includes recognizing a current condition of the writing-pad tool based on whether text is provided within a content-entry area generated thereby, ascertaining whether a focus of a cursor tool resides within the content-entry area based on whether a portion of the text is selected, and ascertaining which actions are available for invocation at the writing-pad tool based on the current condition and the focus of the cursor. The context of the computing environment is utilized to identify which teaching animations to promote to an active state. Typically the promoted teaching animations are associated with the actions ascertained as available for invocation.12-24-2009
20090113299CREATION METHOD FOR CHARACTERS/WORDS AND THE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICE METHOD THEREBY - This invention relates to a method for entering characters into a small keypad with a limited number of keys or information appliances with a liquid crystal panel such as PDA. The object of the present invention is to provide a character entry method to ensure the efficiency of letter entry, the expandability and adaptability of information services, and the information and communication service method thereby, which substantially obviates problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the multi-tap and single-tap method. The distinctive features of the present invention are representative character keys, a virtual keypad, and virtual key entry method on the virtual keypad mode, in entering multiple characters by means of a keypad with about 12 keys. Moreover, the present invention provides a character entry method ensuring the input efficiency of various characters. The present invention can be utilized as an interface in the mobile info-communication services.04-30-2009
20120144298TOUCH INPUT DISAMBIGUATION - A user device may display content items in a content area on a touch screen display of the user device. The user device may detect a touch and determine a location of a contact area corresponding to the touch. If the contact area includes more than one target, the user device may request further user input, with respect to the selection, and defer performing a function corresponding to the selection.06-07-2012
20110072344COMPUTING SYSTEM WITH VISUAL CLIPBOARD - A visual clipboard system and method are provided, in which drag-and-release operations are employed to move copies of a displayed object onto and off of a predefined clipboard area. When a copy of a displayed object is placed on the predefined clipboard area, the displayed object is visually modified to indicate that the visually-modified copy is docked on the predefined clipboard area, and thus eligible for use in a copy operation. When a copy is removed from the predefined clipboard area and placed in a desired target location, the original appearance of the displayed object is restored.03-24-2011
20110119580DEVICES AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING MANIPULATION OF VIRTUAL OBJECTS ON A MULTI-CONTACT TACTILE SCREEN - A method of controlling a computerized device with a tactile multi-point matrix sensor placed on a display device, the method including the steps of simultaneously acquiring data of a first contact position and a second contact position of a first and a second finger that is placed on the multi-point tactile matrix sensor, respectively; creating a first cursor and a second cursor that are associated with the first and second finger, respectively; displaying a graphical object on the display device; associating the first cursor and the second cursor with the graphical object to interact with the graphical object; and generating control messages for the computerized device based on positional data of the first cursor, the second cursor, and the graphical object.05-19-2011
20110119579METHOD OF TURNING OVER THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHIC OBJECT BY USE OF TOUCH SENSITIVE INPUT DEVICE - The invention provides a method of turning over a three-dimensional graphic object by use of a touch sensitive input device. In particular, the method according to the invention provides a user with intuitive operation on a touch sensitive surface of the touch sensitive input device to turn over whole or a portion (e.g., a page sub-object) of the three-dimensional graphic object.05-19-2011
20090106655Haptic Effects With Proximity Sensing - A method of generating haptic effects on a device includes detecting the presence of an object near an input area of the device and generating a haptic effect on the device in response to the presence detection.04-23-2009
20090037813SPACE-CONSTRAINED MARKING MENUS FOR MOBILE DEVICES - One embodiment of the present invention provides a user interface. The user interface includes a touch-screen display and a set of marking menus comprising at least one radial menu which can be displayed on the touch-screen display. A radial menu allows a user to select a menu item by performing a stroke on the touch-screen display in a direction corresponding to a slice of the radial menu associated with the menu item. All the slices of a radial sub-menu are substantially at an angle of approximately 90° or less with respect to a previous stroke leading from a pervious radial menu, thereby allowing a series of consecutive strokes to end near the origin of the first stroke.02-05-2009
20110126095Router Management via Touch-Sensitive Display - A router having a touch-sensitive display and user interface configured to provide a plurality of category screens corresponding to a plurality of categories and a plurality of navigation keys is described herein. Actuation of one or more of the plurality of navigation keys allows for navigation between the plurality of categories and within screens associated with one of the categories.05-26-2011
20100306650USER INTERFACE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USER INTERFACE IN TOUCH DEVICE - A user interface apparatus includes a position identification unit to identify a first position where a first touch is generated on a display screen; a priority assignment unit to respectively assign priorities to menu items displayed on the display screen; and a menu item movement unit to move the menu items to the first position as a destination according to the assigned priorities and in response to the first touch. A user interface method in a touch device includes identifying a first position where a first touch is generated on a display screen, respectively assigning priorities to menu items displayed on the display screen, and moving the menu items to the first position according to the assigned priorities in response to receiving the first touch.12-02-2010
20100306648VARIABLE RATE SCROLLBAR - Embodiments of a variable rate scrollbar are described. In various embodiments, media items, such as email messages, text messages, digital photos, or song selections are grouped by a page, a day, a week, or a month that corresponds to a date associated with a media item. A list of the media items is displayed from one of the groups, and the media items that are displayed are selectable from the list. A variable rate scrollbar is displayed and configured for selection to navigate the media items at variable rates according to the groups of the media items.12-02-2010
20100306649VIRTUAL INKING USING GESTURE RECOGNITION - A virtual inking device is created in response to a touch input device detecting a user's inking gesture. For example, when a user places one of their hands in a pen gesture (i.e. by connecting the index finger with the thumb while holding the other fingers near the palm), the user may perform inking operations. When the user changes the pen gesture to an erase gesture (i.e. making a first) then the virtual pen may become a virtual eraser. Other inking gestures may also be utilized.12-02-2010
20100313124MANIPULATION OF DISPLAYED OBJECTS BY VIRTUAL MAGNETISM - A computer implemented tactile user interface (TUI) and a method of manipulating objects with a virtual magnet are provided. The TUI includes a display comprising a touch-screen. The display is configured for displaying a set of graphic objects, each graphic object representing a respective one of a set of items, such as documents, e.g., text documents or images. A virtual magnet is caused to move on the display, in response to touching on the touch-screen, e.g., by dragging a finger or other implement across. The magnet is associated with a particular function command such that a subset of the graphic objects exhibits a response to the virtual magnet (e.g., is caused to move, relative to the virtual magnet or exhibits another visible response), each graphic object in the subset moving or otherwise responding as a function of an attribute of the underlying item represented by the graphic object.12-09-2010
20110010620DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING IRRELEVANT PARAMETER HIDING CAPABILITY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format, the display apparatus configured to allow at least one irrelevant parameter to be hidden from the display.01-13-2011
20110010621DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING DELAY OR RESET REMINDERS FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format; the display apparatus configured to allow an uncoded time interval to be directly entered.01-13-2011
20110010619Systems And Methods For Launching A User Application On A Computing Device - In one embodiment, a system and a method pertain to detecting user input of a symbol into a touch-sensitive input device of the computing device and, responsive to that detection, launching a user application associated with the symbol.01-13-2011
20100199178SCREEN OUTPUT CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A screen output control device of a mobile communication terminal includes a first screen output unit to output a first portion of a web page on a first screen, and a second screen output unit to output a second portion of the web page on a second screen. The first portion is a scaled down version of the web page, and the second portion is part of the first portion. The second portion may be enlarged relative to the first portion to be displayed in a scale that is more visible by a user. A user may navigate the web page through a user input to the first screen or the second screen. Another screen output control device divides a web page into areas, each of which is synchronized with inputs of an operation unit so that an area can be selected for display by entering the corresponding input.08-05-2010
20110113329MULTI-TOUCH SENSING DEVICE FOR USE WITH RADIOLOGICAL WORKSTATIONS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF USE - Multi-touch sensing device for use with radiological workstations and methods of use. The multi-touch sensing device may be capable of displaying radiological images, the device having a touch screen communicatively coupled with the radiological workstation via a controller, the touch screen adapted to display a work area that includes at least one of a first sensing area adapted to receive touch gestures from a first hand of a user and a second sensing area adapted to receive touch gestures from a second hand of the user.05-12-2011
20100185946MULTI-TOUCH DEVICE HAVING A BOT WITH LOCAL AND REMOTE CAPABILITIES - A system, method, and program product for instantiating and executing a bot on an interface system are disclosed. A bot is an agent for the user and includes an animated visual personification. The system includes an interface system including a graphical user interface, a system for instantiating a bot and displaying the bot on the graphical user interface, and a command processing system for causing the bot to execute one of a plurality of actions in response to a user command. The plurality of actions includes at least one local capability and at least one remote capability. The at least one remote capability also includes a system for transferring the bot to a second interface at a remote location.07-22-2010
20110029864Touch-Optimized Approach for Controlling Computer Function Using Touch Sensitive Tiles - An approach is provided that receives a request from a user while a system is in a desktop environment, such as windowing computer interface. The desktop environment includes graphical user interface elements, such as standard icons, that are not optimized for touch-enabled input by the user from a touch-enabled display screen. When a request, such as a gesture is received at the touch-enabled display screen, a tiles environment is invoked. The tiles environment include touch-optimized graphical tiles displayed on the display screen that respond when touched by the user. In one embodiment, the tiles environment is an overlay of the desktop environment.02-03-2011
20110029867MUSIC REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PORTABLE TERMINAL - A music reproducing apparatus and method of a portable terminal are provided. The music reproducing apparatus includes a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for guiding users to control outputs of music files, a display for displaying the GUI, and a controller for allowing users to select music files desired to be reproduced through a plurality of channels, simultaneously reproducing the selected music files through output units corresponding to the plurality of channels, setting a reproducing time or point of a music file which is being reproduced through a specific channel, and switching the music file which is being reproduced through the specific channel to a music file which is being reproduced through another channel.02-03-2011
20110035663USER INTERFACE METHOD USED IN WEB BROWSING, ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE SAME AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF - A User Interface (UI) method and apparatus by which a user can know whether an input by a touch is processed as an event of a web page or an event of a specific event processing area included in the web page when performing web browsing using a UI based on a touch interface. The method includes displaying, when performing web browsing in an electronic device, a first screen in which a web page received by the electronic device is distinguished from at least one specific event processing area included in the web page; and displaying a second screen in which at least one to specific event processing area is displayed as a selected area, if a selection signal corresponding to the at least one specific event processing area is received.02-10-2011
20110029866ORDER TAKING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment an order taking apparatus includes a storage processing section, a display processing section, an enlargement processing section. The storage processing section configured to read information on the order for the menu item the input of which has been accepted by the order taking section, and to store the information in a predetermined order information storage region. The display processing section configured to read an image of the menu item the input of which has been accepted by the order taking section, and to allow a display device to display the image. The enlargement processing section configured such that when the menu item image is enlarged, the enlargement processing section rewrites the information on the order for the menu item which is of the same type as that of the current menu item but has a serving size larger than that of the current menu item.02-03-2011
20110035665DIGITAL IMAGING PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - A digital image processing apparatus that includes a touch screen recognizing a touch input of a user, a method of controlling the digital image processing apparatus, and a recording medium storing a program for executing the method are provided. An embodiment of the digital image processing apparatus includes a touch screen recognizing a touch input of a user; a time calculator calculating a time of the touch input of the user; and a GUI generator generating a GUI corresponding to the calculated touch input time.02-10-2011
20110119578METHOD OF SCROLLING ITEMS ON A TOUCH SCREEN USER INTERFACE - A method of scrolling items at a touch screen display is disclosed and may include detecting a first scroll command, scrolling at a first scroll speed, and zooming out to a first zoom level, wherein the first zoom level is associated with the first scroll speed. The method may further include determining whether a second scroll command is detected and scrolling at a second scroll speed if a second scroll command is detected.05-19-2011
20110113328SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR BLIND USERS ON KIOSKS - A computer implemented method provides access to accommodate public use software environments. An attractor screen is displayed on a data processing system providing the public use environment. An interaction with the attractor screen is then detected. If the interaction with the attractor screen complies with audio instructions for executing a software overlay, the control software for the public use system is launched along with the software overlay. If the interaction with the attractor screen does not comply with audio instructions for executing a software overlay, the control software for the public use system is launched without the software overlay.05-12-2011
20110055698METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING FONT SIZE IN A MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING A TOUCH SCREEN - A method and apparatus for setting a font size in a mobile terminal having a touch screen. During a font size setting mode, an area of a region where a user's finger touches the screen is detected. A font size corresponding to the detected area is determined from among preset font sizes, and the determined font size is displayed in a specific region on the touch screen. If a font size setting request to the displayed font size is received from the user, the displayed font size is stored for a subsequent display on the touch screen.03-03-2011
20110055696GLOBE CONTAINER - A globe container includes a front-side spherical cap. A plurality of content items are arranged with a convex three-dimensional perspective on the front-side spherical cap. The globe container has a changeable virtual orientation that determines which of the plurality of content items are arranged with the convex three-dimensional perspective on the front-side spherical cap. The globe container allows selection of any of the content items displayed on the front-side spherical cap.03-03-2011
20100153845HAPTIC FEEDBACK GENERATION BASED ON RESONANT FREQUENCY - A system that generates a haptic effect generates a drive cycle signal that includes a drive period and a monitoring period. The drive period includes a plurality of drive pulses that are based on the haptic effect. The system applies the drive pulses to a resonant actuator during the drive period and receives a signal from the resonant actuator that corresponds to the position of a mass in the actuator during the monitoring period.06-17-2010
20110246878SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING TATTOO APPLICATIONS - A user computer system, computer-implemented method, and kiosk for providing a number of tattoo designs that satisfy search criteria entered in by a user through an easy-to-use interface. In an illustrative embodiment, a user computer system having a touch screen, a graphical user interface (GUI), and an interactive viewer is provided. The user computer system can receive input using the interactive viewer through the touch screen. Thereafter, the user computer system can identify at least one tattoo design from a database using the input. Typically, the system can use a matching algorithm known to those skilled in the art. After at least one tattoo design is retrieved from the database, the system can display the at least one tattoo design on the interactive viewer through the GUI. In one embodiment, the user can enter in text with the system displaying the text in a number of different fonts.10-06-2011
20110246876PRECISE MEASUREMENT ON A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE - In an embodiment, precise measurement on a mobile computing device is facilitated with a computer comprising one or more processors; a computer readable storage medium comprising a sequence of instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform displaying, in a touch-sensitive computer display unit: an image of an object; over the image, a first reticle at a first position and a second reticle at a second position that is spaced apart from the first position; a measurement value representing a linear distance between the first reticle and the second reticle with reference to the object; one or more fine positioning icons each associated with a different direction; obtaining a selection of one of the first reticle and the second reticle as a selected reticle; obtaining user input selecting one of the fine positioning icons; in response to the user input, re-displaying the selected reticle in a new position in a particular direction associated with the selected one of the fine positioning icons.10-06-2011
20110214057INPUT APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INPUT CONTROL PROGRAM - An input apparatus including: a display device on which at least one operational image is displayed; a selected image determining section which determines, as a selected image, an operational image displayed at a position designated by an input operation; and a display updating section which updates a display from a first operational screen to a second operational screen where a display update condition has been satisfied, and which includes: a position specifying section which, where the input operation has been performed or expected to be performed within a period after the satisfaction of the display update condition and before the update, specify one of positions designated by the input operation and expected to be designated by the input operation; and an image arranging section which arranges the at least one operational image on the second operational screen after the update so as to avoid the specified position.09-01-2011
20110214056Accessory Protocol For Touch Screen Device Accessibility - Techniques for controlling a touch input device using an accessory communicatively coupled to the device are disclosed. In one aspect, an accessibility framework is launched on the device. An accessory coupled to the device is detected. Receipt of input from the accessory is enabled. An accessibility packet is received from the accessory. The accessibility packet includes an accessibility command and one or more parameters. The accessibility packet is processed to extract the first accessibility command and the one or more parameters. Input is generated for the accessibility framework based on the accessibility command and the one or more parameters. In some implementations, the device also sends accessibility commands to the accessory, either in response to accessibility commands received from the accessory or independent of any received accessibility commands.09-01-2011
20110214055Systems and Methods for Using Structured Libraries of Gestures on Multi-Touch Clinical Systems - Systems, methods and computer-readable storage mediums encoded with instructions for providing touch-driven controls in a clinical setting are provided. Certain embodiments provide a system that includes a clinical system and a customizable structured library of functions. The structured library can include a function associated with a clinical context. The function can be associated with a user input requiring the use of a touch driven interface with multi-touch gestures. The user input can provide for immediate execution of the associated function. The structured library can be loaded onto the clinical system as a driver such that the function is made available based on the associated clinical context. Certain embodiments can include a user interface configured to allow a user to add or delete a function or modify the user input associated with a function. Certain embodiments can include a user interface that provides instruction as to using a function.09-01-2011
20090327886USE OF SECONDARY FACTORS TO ANALYZE USER INTENTION IN GUI ELEMENT ACTIVATION - An interactive media display system and a method of activating a graphical user interface element presented by the interactive media display system are provided. The method includes presenting the graphical user interface element via a touch-sensitive display surface of the interactive media display system; receiving a user input at the touch-sensitive display surface; determining whether one or more secondary factors associated with the user input indicate an intentional contact with the graphical user interface element that is presented via the touch sensitive display surface; activating the graphical user interface element if the one or more secondary factors indicate the intentional contact with the graphical user interface element; and disregarding the user input by not activating the graphical user interface if the one or more secondary factors do not indicate the intentional contact.12-31-2009
20090327887APPLIANCE DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT FOR CREATING A THEMEABLE DYNAMIC USER INTERFACE FOR AN APPLIANCE - An appliance development toolkit includes access to user interface domain data, an editor configured to create one or more instances of user interface control data, to create a map for associating the instances with one or more resource identifiers, and to create a map for associating one or more theme identifiers with the resource identifiers. The toolkit also has a converter for creating content based on the instances of user interface control data and the maps. The content is in a builder file. An appliance, having a graphical user interface with which a user can control and observe operation of the appliance, can use the builder file at runtime to dynamically render its graphical user interface based on resources in response to selection of a theme.12-31-2009
20100251116Flick Gesture - A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.09-30-2010
20100211872USER-APPLICATION INTERFACE - A user interface apparatus includes a display device, display application, and processor. The display device includes a display area, and the display area includes an active area. The processor and display application are configured to display application stacks, each of which may be moved into and out of the active area in response to user input, and each of which contains one or more stack cards. Each application stack is associated with a computer application, and each stack card represents a content entity capable of being operated on by the computer application corresponding to its application stack. When an application stack is in the active area the application stack is activated such that its stack cards are displayed in sequence and at least one of them may be selected. Selecting a stack card causes the corresponding computer application to be executed and to operate on the corresponding content entity.08-19-2010
20090313542User Interface Impact Actuator - A system generates a haptic effect that simulates a mechanical button. The system receives a signal that indicates that a user has contacted a user interface of the system. The system includes an impact actuator. In response to the signal, a moving element of the impact actuator contacts the user interface, which generates the haptic effect.12-17-2009
20100037135INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes: touch screen means including a touch panel and a panel; and display control means for performing display control of displaying a symbol representing a first function in a first area of the touch screen means when the touch screen means detects that the first area is touched, whereas displaying a symbol representing a second function in a second area of the touch screen means when the touch screen means detects that the second area is touched with the first area remaining being touched.02-11-2010
20090217164User Interface for Software Applications - A user interface for software applications enables the full use of graphical user interface (GUI) software, particularly engineering design software, by visually impaired individuals. The interface combines tactile representations of graphical elements, non-visual cues, and a hardware element to allow the effective placement and interconnection of graphic elements using design software.08-27-2009
20100058182MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF COMBINING CONTENTS - A mobile terminal and method for combing contents is provided. The mobile terminal includes a memory, a display configured to display a plurality of icons, each icon representing separate content stored in the memory, an input unit configured to sense a user touch input, and a controller configured to select at least two of the plurality of icons in response to the user touch input causing the at least two of the plurality of icons to be at least partially overlapped, and to combine the content represented by the at least two of the plurality of icons according to a specified order to generate a new icon representing the combined contents.03-04-2010
20110252318CONTEXT SENSITIVE REMOTE DEVICE - A user can make selections of one or more items, defined as a context, in a graphical user interface on a computer running software. The computer sends data to a connected wireless device, and the data is representative of the context. The wireless touch screen device displays one or more commands corresponding to the received context data and the commands can control the program on the computer. The wireless touch screen device then receives a user input on the wireless touch screen device to execute one of the one or more commands. The wireless touch screen device then sends the user command to the computer, wherein the computer executes the command and controls the program according to the user command. For example, this can allow remote control of a DAW, video-editing software, photo-editing software, and word processing software by a coupled wireless touch screen device.10-13-2011
20110087963User Interface Control with Edge Finger and Motion Sensing - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to controlling the interface of a communications device using edge sensors that detect finger placement and movements. The invention combines edge sensors and outputs with left/right hand detection and an associated soft key adaptation. This combination allows a user to make handset inputs, such as display control functions, on the interface using finger placement combinations and motions. The approach may be applied to communications devices such as cellular telephones, PDAs, Tablet PCs, etc. as well as other handheld devices including, but not limited to, those used for GPS, package tracking and musical instruments. The combination user interface approach may be applied to any soft keys, on either side or edge of the device, for any function.04-14-2011
20100174986APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MOVING TO PREVIOUS WEBSITE IN WEB BROWSER - An apparatus and a method for moving a web page in a web browser of a terminal that permits root domain movement by a single input. The apparatus includes a memory, a controller, and a display unit. The memory stores a first list for managing a root domain movement history, and a second list for managing a page movement history. The controller updates at least one of the first list and the second list whenever a web page access occurs, and when moving root domain is selected by a user, directly accesses a web page of the root domain with reference to the first list. The display unit displays the accessed web page.07-08-2010
20100174987METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATION BETWEEN OBJECTS IN AN ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A method and an apparatus of object navigation using a touch screen divided into an output area and a control area utilizes organic interaction between the output area and the control area. A first area is an output area for displaying an object, and a second area for displaying a Graphic User Interface (GUI) is a control area for controlling navigation of the object. When an event for navigation occurs in one of the first area and the second area, change information according to the navigation is provided in both the first area and the second area, so that a touch screen can be manipulated without any blockage of an image.07-08-2010
20110078567APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - An apparatus includes a key providing unit to arrange one key group in a main touch area and to arrange remaining key groups in sub-touch area, a touch screen to display a virtual keyboard and to receive an input, and an input recognizing unit to recognize a user-inputted direction gesture. The key providing unit decreases the size of the key group in the main touch area and moves it to the sub-touch area, enlarges a size of a key group corresponding to the direction of the direction gesture and moved into the main touch area. A method to display the virtual keyboard also includes decreasing the size of the key group in the main touch area and rearranging it into the sub-touch area, enlarging a size of a key group in the sub-touch area receiving a click input, and arranging it into the main touch area.03-31-2011
20110078568MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same are disclosed, where symbols used often when inputting characters and pointer position moving are input simultaneously by using a touch gesture of a user, such that character input may be accelerated.03-31-2011
20110060988SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING, NAVIGATING AND SELECTING ELECTRONICALLY STORED CONTENT ON A MULTIFUNCTION HANDHELD DEVICE - A method for navigating among activity programs in the memory of a portable handheld multifunction electronic system. Simultaneously displaying on contact-sensitive display a plurality of category icons and a subcategory icon associated with a currently selected subcategory, each category icon having a link to one or more activity programs. If a category has been selected, replacing the plurality of displayed category icons with one or more activity program icons, each of the one or more displayed activity program icons corresponding to a separate one of the activity programs belonging to the selected category and to the currently selected subcategory. If another subcategory has been selected, at least changing the link of each separate displayed category icon to a different one or more activity programs, the different one or more activity program being associated the another subcategory and with each category of the category icons being displayed.03-10-2011
20110060986Method for Controlling the Display of a Touch Screen, User Interface of the Touch Screen, and an Electronic Device using The Same - A method for controlling a display of a touch screen, a user interface of the touch screen, and an electronic device using the same are disclosed. The method comprises: displaying at least one mode selection on the display of the touch screen, wherein each one of the at least one mode selections corresponds to a gesture control mode; receiving a selection command for selecting one of the at least one mode selections; entering the gesture control mode corresponding to the selected mode selection; receiving a gesture control command adapted for the entered gesture control mode; and executing a specific operation according to the gesture control command.03-10-2011
20110072345MOBILE TERMINAL AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal is provided that includes a touch input unit and a display. A method of operating the mobile terminal includes operating the touch input unit of the mobile terminal in a normal mode, detecting a first multi-touch signal from the touch input unit, switching the touch input unit from the normal mode to a direction input mode in response to the first multi-touch signal, detecting a second multi-touch signal from the touch input unit while the touch input unit is in the direction input mode, determining a direction represented by the second multi-touch signal based on the tap signal, and scrolling at least one object displayed on a screen of a display of the mobile terminal in the determined direction. The second multi-touch signal may include a tap signal.03-24-2011
20110252317METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR JOINING THE DISPLAYS OF MULTIPLE DEVICES - A method is provided for enhancing a user interface with a mobile device by joining the displays of multiple devices together to function together with one another. In particular, example methods may provide for detecting a first touch or drag event, receiving a message indicating a second touch or drag event from a nearby device occurring during the first touch or drag event, creating a join event, and providing for transmission of the join event to the nearby device. The method may also include updating a registry of nearby devices in response to receiving a message regarding a touch or drag event from a nearby device. The method may further include providing for presentation of content on a display of a device and direction of content to be presented on a display of the nearby device, wherein the content to be presented on the display of the nearby device is related to the content on the display of the device.10-13-2011
20110060987TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY WITH TOUCH OSD AND OSD CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The invention provides a touch screen display with on-screen display (OSD) function and OSD control method thereof. In particular, the touch screen display according to the invention utilizes a touch screen thereof to assist in controlling launch, close and various adjust of the OSD function. Thereby, the touch screen display according to the invention doesn't need any more buttons and encoders utilized in prior arts to control OSD function.03-10-2011
20110060985System and Method for Collecting a Signature Using a Smart Device - A system and method for collecting a signature using a smart device are disclosed. A signature module executing on a smart device may allow a user to input a signature via the smart device display with a pixel size larger than then pixel size of the smart device by causing a viewable portion of a signature file to scroll relative to the display while the user is inputting the signature. In addition, the signature module may display to the user with an interactive pen tool, that functions as a “virtual pen” to allow a user greater control over inputting his or her signature into the smart device. After a signature has been captured, a document viewer module executing on the smart device may allow a user to appropriately position and size the signature for placement in a document being viewed on a smart device.03-10-2011
20110029865Control Interface For A Medical Monitor - The present disclosure describes the use of virtual control structures on medial devices, such as medical monitors. The virtual control structures may be implemented as virtual knobs, virtual sliders, or as other structures suitable for adjusting an operational parameter of the medical or other device. When displayed on a touch screen, the virtual control structures may be manipulated to adjust the operational parameter. When not in use, the virtual control structure may be hidden or minimized, allowing the touch screen to be primarily used for the display of patient data or operational data for the device.02-03-2011
20110016390MOBILE TERMINAL TO DISPLAY MENU INFORMATION ACCORDING TO TOUCH SIGNAL - A mobile terminal that displays menu information along a trace may include a memory unit to store menu information; a touch screen including a touch panel, the touch screen to display the menu information; and a controller to control the touch screen to display at least a portion of the menu information on a trace according to a dragged input signal corresponding to the trace. A method for displaying menu information on a display includes storing menu information including a menu item and sub-menu items corresponding to the menu item, receiving a dragged input signal on the display, the dragged input signal beginning at a start point, and displaying the sub-menu items on a trace corresponding to the dragged input signal, the menu item arranged at the start point.01-20-2011
20100262906ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA THEREOF - An electronic device and method for processing data include detecting a touch action of a stylus on a touch panel to select data to be processed in the electronic device, and sending a preset instruction recorded in an actuated function key of the stylus to a signal receiver in response that a function key has been actuated. The electronic device and method further include receiving the preset instruction by the signal receiver, and executing the preset instruction to process the selected data.10-14-2010
20100262907Interacting with Detail-in-Context Presentations - A method for generating a presentation of a region-of-interest in an original image for display on a display surface, the method comprising: establishing a lens for the region-of-interest, the lens having a focal region with a magnification for the region-of-interest at least partially surrounded by a shoulder region across which the magnification varies to provide a continuous transition from the focal region to regions outside the lens; receiving a first signal for selecting the shoulder region; while receiving the first signal, receiving a second signal for selecting the focal region and for adjusting a position of the focal region relative to the shoulder region to define a degree and a direction of a folding of the focal region over the shoulder region for the lens; and, applying the lens to the original image to produce the presentation.10-14-2010
20100262905GLYPH ENTRY ON COMPUTING DEVICE - A computer-implemented user interface method is disclosed. The method includes displaying on a touchscreen of a computing device a first sub-portion of a list of items, receiving from a user of the device an drawn input on the touchscreen, correlating the drawn input to an alphanumeric character, and automatically displaying a second sub-portion of the list having one or more entries whose first character correlates to the alphanumeric character.10-14-2010
20120151339ACCESSING AND INTERACTING WITH INFORMATION - In some implementations, an access device may sense movement in six degrees of freedom for interacting with information in a user interface. In some implementations, a security feature may be included for verifying an authorization of a user to use the access device. Additionally, in some implementations, the access device may establish communication with an available computing device for accessing and interacting with information that may include remotely stored information, cloud data, cloud services, and the like.06-14-2012
20100083110HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE HAVING MULTIPLE TOUCH DISPLAY NAVIGATION CAPABILITIES - A Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system comprises a user interface and a processing system. The user interface displays a plurality of machine systems in an automation environment having a plurality of automation information, displays an information menu indicating a plurality of information types associated with the plurality of machine systems, receives a first touch on a surface of the user interface selecting an information type from the plurality of information types, and, while receiving the first touch, receives a second touch on the surface of the user interface selecting a machine system from the plurality of machine systems. The processing system processes the first touch and the second touch to select from the plurality of automation information an automation information associated with the selected information type and the selected machine system. The user interface displays the selected automation information.04-01-2010
20110154196INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE - The present invention aims to provide an information display device for easily changing a scrolling speed and a display mode. The information display device receives an instruction for displaying a plurality of contents, via a move operation on a two-dimensional plane defined by first and second axes; determines a moving speed for moving the contents, based on a motion component of the move operation along the first axis, and determines a display mode for displaying the contents, based on a motion component of the move operation along the second axis; and displays the contents in the display mode on a screen, by scrolling through the contents at the moving speed.06-23-2011
20080320391Portable Multifunction Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Playing Online Videos - A portable electronic device with a touch screen display: displays a first list of information about online video items in a plurality of lists; displays a plurality of icons corresponding to at least some of the plurality of lists; in response to detecting a moving finger gesture on the first list of information about content items, scrolls the first list of information; in response to detecting a stationary finger contact on a first portion of a row in the first list of information, wherein the row contains information about a particular online video item: initiates a request for the particular online video item from a remote computer, receives the particular online video item, and plays the particular online video item; and, in response to detecting a finger contact on a respective icon in the plurality of icons, displays a corresponding list of information about online video items.12-25-2008
20110047461System and Method for Desktop Management - A system and method includes displaying a desktop for a computing system, the desktop having icons. In response to a single action being performed, the method makes the icons non-viewable on the desktop when the icons are initially viewable, and makes the icons viewable on the desktop when the icons are initially non-viewable.02-24-2011
20110047459USER INTERFACE - The invention provides a user interface for a data processing machine which user interface is combined with a primary display screen for the machine or which is configured to be used with a machine which usually includes a primary display screen, which user interface comprises a secondary touch-sensitive display screen which is configured to be an input device for the machine and configured such that the graphic display of the input device is configured to complement and operatively cooperate with the graphic display of the primary display screen.02-24-2011
20110047460METHOD AND APPARATUS OF ELECTRONIC PAPER COMPRISING A USER INTERFACE - An e-paper apparatus comprising a user interface and a method for an e-paper are provided. The e-paper apparatus and method are provided based on a user manipulation of digital contents that is similar to a user handling a paper or a book. The e-paper apparatus and method may provide a user interface for an e-paper that is easily and tangibly used by a user.02-24-2011
20110055697ALPHANUMERIC KEYPAD FOR TOUCH-SCREEN DEVICES - A method and apparatus for improving the accuracy and usability of alphanumeric keypads and control functions on touch-screen devices by employing multi-function buttons and the actuation of multiple buttons in sequence by sliding a finger across the touch-screen. Potential applications include cell phones, smart phones, calculators, handheld scanners, gaming systems, remote controls, GPS navigation devices, and ultra small laptop computers. A first embodiment is an alphanumeric keypad for a touch-screen smart phone. In this embodiment, a modified QWERTY keypad layout is employed to allow selection of the most frequently used letters by touching the display and the selection of less frequently used letters by sliding a finger on the display. In this first embodiment, multiple letters can be entered in sequence by sliding from one button to either an adjacent or non-adjacent button. A second embodiment is a numeric keypad for entering phone numbers on a touch-screen phone.03-03-2011
20110258543DIALOG SYSTEM - The present solution relates to a method for handling a menu-based user interface, input is received through the user interface. The input is at least one of audio input and menu navigation device input. The input is processed using Basic Dialogue, “BD” and Speech Cursor, “SC”, and then output is provided through the user interface. The output is at least one of audio output, and audio and visual output.10-20-2011
20110258542PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY WITH VARIABLE REPEAT RATE - A method of controlling the repeat rate of a button displayed on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device is described. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of controlling touch input on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device, the method comprising: displaying a user interface screen having at least one button on the touch-sensitive display; activating a variable repeat control mode in response to activation input; and repeating an action associated with the button at a rate in dependence on predetermined control input.10-20-2011
20110258541METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A TABBED MESSAGING INTERFACE - An approach is provided for improved messaging user interfaces. A subset of available messaging services is selected based, at least in part, on a touch control area of a user interface of a device. The user interface includes, at least in part, tabs corresponding to each of the available messaging services. Presentation of the user interface is caused, at least in part, at the device. The tabs presented in the user interface correspond to the subset.10-20-2011
20110264999ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH-SENSITIVE INPUT DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method of controlling a portable electronic device includes rendering a first virtual keyboard corresponding to a first language on a touch-sensitive display of the portable electronic device, rendering a second selectable feature corresponding to a second language when the first virtual keyboard is rendered on the touch-sensitive display, detecting selection of the second selectable feature corresponding to the second language, and rendering a second virtual keyboard corresponding to the second language in response to detecting the selection.10-27-2011
20110016391SIMPLIFIED USER INTERFACE NAVIGATION - The present disclosure includes, among other things, systems, methods and program products for user interface navigation.01-20-2011
20110138278MOBILE INFOMATION TERMINAL - To provide a mobile information terminal that makes it easy to view a menu screen including many thumbnail images and improves operability at the time of selecting a thumbnail image.06-09-2011
20100115405TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR USING THE INTERNET - A mobile communication terminal is provided. The mobile communication terminal includes a memory, a touch screen, and a controller. The touch screen is configured to display an Internet address input window, at least a portion of an Internet page corresponding to an Internet address in the Internet address input window, and a virtual key pad. The controller is configured to generate a duplicate window of the Internet address input window in response to a first touch input performed on the Internet address input window, move the duplicate window in response to a drag operation, store the Internet address in a memory in response to dropping the moved duplicate window on a key in the virtual key pad, and generate a short-cut by assigning the stored Internet address to the key.05-06-2010
20110093778MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes a stereoscopic user interface. The stereoscopic user interface includes a display unit capable of implementing a 3D stereoscopic image. A 3D object is displayed on the display unit. And, the 3D object can be manipulated by a user through various manipulating methods in a virtual stereoscopic space. Accordingly, the present invention provides a stereoscopic user interface using a 3D object arranged in a 3D space, thereby facilitating a user to manipulate the mobile terminal with a new visual effect.04-21-2011
20110138275Method for selecting functional icons on touch screen - A method for selecting functional icons is provided for use with an electronic device having a touch screen. A plurality of functional icons are shown on the touch screen, in which each functional icon represents an executable function of the electronic device. The method comprises the steps of: when the touch screen is touched, selecting a functional icon corresponding to the touched position, and showing an enlarged image corresponding to that selected functional icon; if the touched position is moved, selecting a new functional icon according to the vector of movement of the touched position, and showing an enlarged image corresponding to the newly selected functional icon; and if the touched position is relieved, activating the executable function represented by the functional icon corresponding to the enlarged image shown on the touch screen.06-09-2011
20110138277HAPTIC EFFECTS WITH PROXIMITY SENSING - A method of generating haptic effects on a device includes detecting the presence of an object near an input area of the device and generating a haptic effect on the device in response to the presence detection.06-09-2011
20110138276Information Device for a Vehicle Driver and Method for Controlling Such a Device - Information device for a vehicle driver comprising at least one electronic central unit linked to a display screen and to geolocating means, and the electronic central unit simultaneously running an operating system and a plurality of applications including at least one geolocated application. At least one first application is adapted to be displayed on the screen while defining a window adapted to present a display controlled by a second application, the first application allowing or not allowing the possibility of having this window displayed and controlling only the size and the position of this window, whereas the second application controls the content of the window.06-09-2011
20090300492System and method for effectively selecting functions in an electronic device - A system and method for effectively selecting functions in an electronic device includes a command database that is created for storing device commands that include specifically-defined patterns and corresponding respective device functions. Appropriate pattern input means may be utilized for detecting the patterns that are input by device users. A command manager utilizes the recognized patterns to identify corresponding device functions from the command database. The electronic device may then execute the identified device functions.12-03-2009
20090292990TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROL - A terminal having a touch screen includes a vibrator configured to provide feedback of a vibration of varying amplitude or frequency when a list is scrolled. The vibration varies as the position of a displayed portion of a list is scrolled using a scroll bar. A unique vibration pattern may be generated when the scrolled list reaches one end, or when a file having a unique attribute is highlighted. A portion of a webpage may be displayed, and the portion of the webpage may be adjusted by scrolling the webpage. When a webpage object is scrolled to a particular location on the display, the terminal may generate a vibration indicating the presence of the webpage object. The terminal may also provide vibration feedback when a progress bar of a reproduced multimedia file is manipulated or when a magnification factor of a displayed image is changed.11-26-2009
20110191675SLIDING INPUT USER INTERFACE - A method, apparatus, user interface and computer program product for using a device to detect a signal corresponding to a sliding input on a touch sensitive area of the device, the sliding input being for a time setting adjustment. A time unit corresponding to a start point of the sliding input is determined, and if the signal indicates that the sliding input is substantially in a first direction, a time setting of the corresponding time unit is increased by a pre-defined increment, and if the signal indicates that the sliding input is substantially in a second direction, the time setting of the corresponding time unit is decreased by a pre-defined increment. Feedback signals are provided at regular intervals of length, along the route of the sliding movement. Those feedback signals can be sensed or felt, which helps in using the device without looking all the time at the screen, which enables the eyes-free-operation of the device for most time settings, so that they can be made with a single hand; with the thumb of the hand which holds the device.08-04-2011
20100023858MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION LIST THEREOF - A mobile terminal including a display unit including a touch screen, a memory unit configured to store data, a receiving unit configured to receive an input command to view requested stored data on the display unit of the mobile terminal, and a controller configured to classify the requested stored data into at least first and second categories of data, each category of data including a common type of data, to control the display unit to display the at least first and second categories of data in lists that are parallel with each other, and to individually and separately control the lists of the first and second categories of data based on a touching action performed on one of lists of the first and second categories of data.01-28-2010
20100017710METHOD OF INPUTTING USER COMMAND AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method of inputting user commands, and an electronic apparatus using the same. A method of inputting user commands includes setting a function of an apparatus implemented with a touch screen based on a pressure level input to the apparatus, and if the touch is sensed after setting the function of the apparatus, executing the set function based on the touch. Accordingly, user commands can be input using touch and pressure.01-21-2010
20110307778MOBILE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SWITCHING APPLICATION PROGRAMS THEREOF - The present invention discloses a mobile electronic apparatus and a method of switching application programs thereof, the method is applied for the mobile electronic apparatus which has a screen, a storing unit and a processing unit, and the method comprises the following steps of: executing a plurality of application programs by the processing unit; capturing a plurality of frames displayed on the screen of the application programs then storing the frames in the storing unit; displaying the frames in a list on the screen with a sequence of the frames according to the starting time of each application program; executing the application program when the corresponding frame displayed in the list being selected by a user; wherein at least one of the application programs is closed before displaying the list on the screen.12-15-2011
20090172532Portable Electronic Device with Animated Image Transitions - Methods and systems that improve the way media is played, sorted, modified, stored and cataloged on a portable electronic device (e.g., media player) are disclosed. One aspect relates to an image based browser that allows a user to navigate through and select images that are related to media items. In one embodiment, during navigation, transitions between images being displayed can be animated.07-02-2009
20120210214METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NAVIGATING A LIST WITH GESTURES - Methods and systems for facilitating the navigation of a list of content items with gestures are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a computing device detects simple gestures, and in response, display a preview of content items preceding, or following a currently selected content item, from the list of content items. Upon detecting a selection gesture, the computing device updates the view of the currently selected content item to display the newly selected content item.08-16-2012
20120005578METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EDITING WORKSPACE DATA OBJECTS - Disclosed herein are methods and devices for associating a first workspace data object with a first workspace service and for determining characteristics of the association of the first workspace data object with the first workspace service. The methods and devices described herein relate to receiving touch-screen based input in a plurality of display areas of a display to make the associations.01-05-2012
20120005577Building Mashups on Touch Screen Mobile Devices - Systems and methods of constructing mashups may involve receiving a mashup creation input via a touch screen of a mobile device. A mashup can be built based on the mashup creation input, wherein the mashup is presented to a user via the touch screen. In one example, the mashup creation input includes a selection of an icon associated with a widget.01-05-2012
20110167342CHILD-SAFE MEDIA INTERACTION - A safe-media interaction system includes distinct child and parent interfaces through which a child can interact with content and applications that are selected and authorized by a parent through the parent interface. The child interface allows a young child who has not yet acquired any reading skills, verbal skills, or visual organization skills to select a content item or application feature from a selection of such items/features visually presented to the child and interact with the selected item/feature through a general purpose computer interface such as a touch screen or keyboard with labels placed over selected keys. The safe-media interaction system also supports special purpose interfaces such as remote controls, kid-safe toys, and a dance pad to facilitate early childhood use of the system.07-07-2011
20110167341Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Navigating Through Multiple Viewing Areas - A method includes: displaying a first viewing area, the first viewing area including a first plurality of selectable objects; in response to detecting activation of an object in the first plurality of selectable objects, overlaying a second viewing area on a portion of the first viewing area while maintaining display of a remaining portion of the first viewing area. The second viewing area includes a second plurality of selectable objects. The method also includes, in response to detecting activation of an object in the second plurality of selectable objects, overlaying a third viewing area on a portion of the first viewing area. The third viewing area includes a third plurality of selectable objects. The method also includes displaying a portion of the second viewing area overlaid on a portion of the first viewing area; and maintaining display of a remaining portion of the first viewing area.07-07-2011
20120011437Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for User Interface Screen Navigation - A method of navigating between user interface screens, including displaying a third user interface screen in a plurality of user interface screens that also includes a first and a second predefined user interface screen, the third user interface screen being other than the first and the second predefined user interface screen; detecting a finger gesture on the touch-sensitive display while displaying the third user interface screen, and in response to detecting the finger gesture on the touch-sensitive display, replacing display of the third user interface screen with display of the first predefined user interface screen when the detected finger gesture is a first finger gesture, and replacing display of the third user interface screen with display of the second predefined user interface screen when the detected finger gesture is a second finger gesture that is a reverse of the first finger gesture.01-12-2012
20120023401EXTENDED KEYBOARD USER INTERFACE - The subject matter of this document can be implemented in, among other things, a method that includes displaying, on a user interface of a computing device, a base portion of a keyboard. The method further includes receiving, on the user interface, a user input that includes initiating a contact at a first region of the user interface that is associated with the base portion of the keyboard, moving the contact, while maintaining connection with the user interface, to a second region of the user interface that is outside the first region and that is associated with an extended portion of the keyboard, and releasing the contact at a location within the second region. The method further includes activating a selection in the extended portion of the keyboard based on the location within the second region at which the contact is released.01-26-2012
20120060089METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE BASED ON MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND MOBILE TERMINAL USING THE SAME - Disclosed is a user interface, and particularly, to a method for providing a user interface based on multiple displays and a mobile terminal using the same. The method for providing a user interface of a mobile terminal comprises controlling transparency of a first display unit, controlling the first display unit to display a first screen, controlling a second display unit to display a second screen, and controlling the second display unit to display one or more parts of the first screen.03-08-2012
20120159323User Interface Systems And Methods For Input And Display Of Secure And Insecure Message Oriented Communications - Given the rise in popularity of communicating personal, private, sensitive, or vital peer-to-peer or peer-to-group information over potentially insecure text messaging infrastructure, it would be highly desirable to provide a solution that would enable the initiator and/or the consumer of these communiqués to determine the state of the privacy associated with the messages. The non-limiting technology herein provides systems and methods for enabling a consumer to graphically, linguistically, verbally, or programmatically, determine the privacy and security state of a communiqué and/or the privacy/security association with the at least one plurality of peers. Methods and systems provided by a computer application can enable a consumer to input message oriented data that will be subsequently communicated to at least one of a plurality of peers. Upon reception of the data, systems and methods are also describe to display the message oriented communiqué to the at least one peer consumer or other user.06-21-2012
20120072840DISTANCE FILTERING GESTURE TOUCHSCREEN - A system may include a display to present a visualization comprising a plurality of graphical indicators, each of the graphical indicators associated with a respective one of a plurality of entities of interest, a touch-sensitive input surface to receive a touch input at a first portion of the visualization representing a current physical location of the apparatus and a drag input on the display device from the first portion to a second portion of the visualization, and a processor to filter the plurality of graphical indicators based on a distance between the first portion and the second portion.03-22-2012
20120254747METHODS, APPARATUSES AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR GENERATING REGIONS OF INTEREST USING GESTURES VIA A USER INTERFACE - An apparatus is provided for generating a region(s) of interest for a medical image(s). The apparatus includes at least one memory and at least one processor configured to receive an indication of one or more touches at corresponding locations on a touch enabled display. The respective touches define a touch point at the corresponding location. The processor is further configured to generate one or more regions of interest associated with areas of a medical image(s) responsive to receipt of the indications. A location of respective regions of interest corresponds to locations of touch points. The processor is further configured to define a diameter of regions of interest based on a width/pressure of the touch points and define the regions of interest to include a disc including a contour(s). The regions of interest correspond to an area for annotating the medical image(s). Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.10-04-2012
20120254745Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products Providing an Integrated User Interface for Reading Content - A method performed by a portable, processor-based device with a display screen is disclosed. The method includes rendering a Graphical User Interface (GUI) on the display screen. The GUI includes a first scrollable column with a plurality of graphical elements arranged sequentially within the first column, each graphical element of the plurality of graphical elements associated with at least one article of a plurality of articles. The GUI also includes a second scrollable column with a plurality of independent text portions, each of the text portions corresponding to a respective article. The method further includes coordinating the first and second scrollable columns so that when a first article is selected a first text portion associated with the first article is displayed on the display screen, and a first graphical element associated with the first article is displayed next to the first text portion.10-04-2012
20120254746TRANSFERRING DATA BY TOUCH BETWEEN TOUCH-SCREEN DEVICES - A very intuitive and simple set of touch-screen input steps along with the processing of those input steps allows a user to appear to gather shareable files with his fingers on one touch-screen apparatus, lift the files from the touch-screen and drop the shareable files on a touch screen of a second, co-located touch-screen apparatus. The touch-screen apparatus initiating the transfer of files is preset with sharing parameters to manage the transfer of files to a local or remote server. One or more touch-screen apparatus accepting the transfer of files is preset with acceptance parameters to manage the transfer of files from the server to the accepting touch-screen apparatus. Once the files are at the server, multiple touch-screen apparatus may be used to request shareable files from the server.10-04-2012
20110107212TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SEE-THROUGH INPUT - A terminal and a method for providing a see-through input provide intuitive control of a plurality of applications. The terminal may include a touchscreen to display a first application and a second application and to sense occurrence of a touch and generate a touch signal; and a control unit to determine whether the touch signal is a general input for the first application or a see-through input for the second application and to execute a function of an application corresponding to the general input or the see-through input.05-05-2011
20110107209IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ENLARGEMENT DISPLAY METHOD OF TARGET AREA THEREOF - An enlargement display method of a target area of an image forming apparatus which comprises a touch screen includes selecting a target zooming function to zoom at least one menu displayed on the touch screen as a target screen to perform at least one of functions of the image forming apparatus, enlarging and displaying at least one menu corresponding to the target area according to the selection, selecting at least one of navigation buttons to move the target area, and moving and displaying the enlarged target area through the selected navigation button. With this, the image forming apparatus and the enlargement display method enlarge and display the necessary menu as the target area and the target area is moved through the navigation button to thereby improve a user's convenience.05-05-2011
20110107211DATA SELECTION AND DISPLAY METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Data selection and display methods and systems are provided. First, data including a plurality of characters/symbols is displayed in a touch-sensitive display unit. A contact corresponding to an input tool on the touch-sensitive display unit is detected. According to the contact position on the touch-sensitive display unit, a plurality of candidate characters/symbols is determined from the characters/symbols, and a specific position where the candidate characters/symbols to be displayed in the touch-sensitive display unit is re-determined. Then, the candidate characters/symbols are displayed at the specific position in the touch-sensitive display unit.05-05-2011
20110107210USER INTERFACE APPARATUS USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL AXES AND USER INTERFACE APPARATUS USING TWO-DIMENSIONAL PLANES FORMED BY THREE-DIMENSIONAL AXES - A user interface apparatus using three-dimensional axes and a user interface apparatus using two-dimensional planes, each of the two-dimensional planes being formed by two of three-dimensional axes, are provided. The user interface apparatus uses the three-dimensional axes or the two-dimensional planes to select a menu or to search for desired information in a device, such as a mobile terminal.05-05-2011
20110107208Methods for Status Components at a Wireless Communication Device - Methods for status components at a wireless communication device are disclosed. In an example method, a first selectable region and a second selectable region are displayed at a gesture-sensitive display, in which the second selectable region includes a first image and a second image. A user input is detected at the gesture-sensitive display corresponding to the selection of the second selectable region. The status components are displayed at the gesture-sensitive display in response to the user input, in which a status component of the status components corresponds to a property of the wireless communication device.05-05-2011
20100095207Method and System for Seamlessly Integrated Navigation of Applications - Aspects of a system and method for seamlessly integrated navigation of applications are provided. A communication device comprising a display enabled to display media content may be operable to receive a first stimulus in a pre-defined section of the display. The communication device may be operable to display a semi-transparent interaction grid that is superimposed onto the content based on the received first stimulus. The communication device may enable one or more applications in the displayed semi-transparent interaction grid based on one or more received stimuli.04-15-2010
20100095205Portable Terminal and Control Method Therefor - When it is discriminated by an input-means determining unit 04-15-2010
20120124469Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Navigating a List of Identifiers - An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface displays a portion of a list of identifiers. The list of identifiers are associated with: a first number of first content items associated with a first language, and a second number of second content items associated with a second language. The device concurrently displays a character selection element that includes: a first sub-element associated with the first content items and having a first size, and a second sub-element associated with the second content items and having a second size, the first size relative to the second size being based on the first number relative to the second number. In response to detecting an input on the second sub-element, the device displays a portion of the list of identifiers with identifiers associated with second content items.05-17-2012
20120124468Electronic Apparatus Having a Touch-Controlled Interface and Method of Displaying Figures Related to Files within a certain Time Period - An electronic apparatus having a touch-controlled interface includes a display unit, a touch-controlled unit, and a display interface. The touch-controlled unit is provided on the display unit, while the display interface is arranged on the display unit for showing figures related to files. When the touch-controlled unit is touched, a signal is generated to make the display interface respond. Further, the display interface shows a time scroll bar, and a user may touch different points of the time scroll bar to define a time period, and thus the display interface is made to show the figures of target files accessed in the time period. Furthermore, a display method includes steps of displaying the figures of files via the display interface, touching the time scroll bar on the display interface to define the time period, and displaying the figures of target files accessed in the time period via the display interface.05-17-2012
20090132917METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING A VISUAL USER INTERFACE - An interface engine is configured to generate a user interface on a display coupled to an electronic device. The interface engine is configured to display characters, in the user interface, that may input into the electronic device. The interface engine is configured to generate the user interface to include character sections. The interface engine is configured to associate a sub-set of the characters with each character sections. The sub-set of characters included in each character section can be based on the frequency that the characters are used and/or the patterns in which the characters are used. Additionally, the sub-set of characters associated with each character section can be selected by the user.05-21-2009
20120124470AUDIO DISPLAY SYSTEM - An audio display system includes a pointing device configured to address locations within an interaction field, a sound system adapted to communicate with the pointing device, and—an object mapping unit adapted to communicate with the sound system. The object mapping unit is configured to generate a map identifying locations within the interaction field that correspond to a representation of an object to be displayed such that the interaction field is segmented into an exterior region and an interior region of the representation of the object. The sound system is configured to provide an object-locating sound when the pointing device addresses a location in the exterior region so as to guide a user to further address the interaction field at least one of closer to or further away from the interior region of the object.05-17-2012
20120131453GUI CONTROL IMPROVEMENT USING A CAPACITIVE TOUCH SCREEN - A system includes a processing device, a touch screen display, a memory coupled to the processing device and a graphical user interface (GUI) control module, executed from the processor and the memory. The GUI control module identifies a control element displayed on the touch screen display near a location of a conductive object near a surface of the touch screen display, where the conductive object is not in physical contact with the surface, and enlarges the control element.05-24-2012
20120131455METHOD FOR DIFFERENTIATING HAPTIC FEELINGS BY A SELECT MENU OF A ROTARY SWITCH - The present invention relates to a method for differentiating haptic feelings by a selection menu of a rotary switch, in which haptic feelings of the switch or rotary switch can be differentiated by each menu when scrolling the rotary switch in order to setup or select a variety of functions of an electronic product. Specifically, the haptic feelings by vibration and resistance against turning the switch are transferred to a user at different strengths when the user scroll-manipulates a switch to select a variety of menus, selects items of a first menu, transits first menu from the first menu to a second menu, and selects items of each second menu, so that the user can easily perceive the positions of the respective menus even without watching a cluster display window.05-24-2012
20120131454Activating an advertisement by performing gestures on the advertisement - An advertisement shown on a device with a touch-sensitive display may be activated via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The advertisement is activated if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for activating the advertisement. The device may display on the touch-sensitive display an indication of a user's progress toward activating the advertisement. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch-sensitive display to remind a user of the gesture.05-24-2012
20120216113TOUCH GESTURES FOR TEXT-ENTRY OPERATIONS - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for providing a user of a computing device with the ability to perform text-entry operations (e.g., using a touch screen) on a computing device. Specifically, the techniques of this disclosure may, in some examples, allow the user to use gestures on a mobile computing device to perform text entry and editing operations. Using a presence-sensitive user interface device (e.g., a touch screen), the user may use gestures to enter text into text-based applications (e.g., short message service (SMS) messages, e-mail message, uniform resource locators (URLs), and the like). Using visually-defined areas on the touch screen, the user may utilize gestures of certain patterns, relative to the defined areas, to indicate text entry and editing operations such as, for example, deleting characters and words, indicating a space or return characters, and the like.08-23-2012
20100199180User Interface Mechanics - Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for providing enhanced user interface mechanics are presented. In one arrangement, a scrollable list of content items may be displayed. Input associated with a scroll command may be received. Then, based on the scroll command, a scrollable refresh trigger may be displayed. Subsequently, the scrollable list of content items may be refreshed in response to determining, based on the scroll command, that the scrollable refresh trigger has been activated. In at least one instance, it may be determined that the scrollable refresh trigger has been activated in response to determining that the scroll command was completed while the scrollable refresh trigger was fully displayed.08-05-2010
20100299599MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING PARTICULAR FUNCTION THROUGH TOUCH EVENT ON COMMUNICATION RELATED LIST - A mobile device and a touch-based operation method allow a user to easily and conveniently use a desired communication-related function through a touch-sensitive interface. The mobile device displays a scrollable communication-related list that includes but is not limited to a call log list, a message list, a phonebook list, and an email list. When a specific item is selected in response to a first touch event, the mobile device determines whether or not a second touch event occurs on the selected item in a non-scrollable direction. Then the mobile device executes a particular function predefined in the selected item in response to the second touch event occurring in the non-scrollable direction.11-25-2010
20100299598METHOD FOR PROVIDING PAGES AND PORTABLE TERMINAL ADAPTED TO THE METHOD - A method for providing pages and a portable terminal adapted thereto are disclosed. The display unit displays pages belonging to a same category or a different category, according to the generation of different input signals, wherein pages are displayed in accordance with their arrangement within a corresponding category11-25-2010
20100299595HAND-HELD DEVICE WITH TWO-FINGER TOUCH TRIGGERED SELECTION AND TRANSFORMATION OF ACTIVE ELEMENTS - A hand-held electronic device, method of operation and computer readable medium are disclosed. The device may include a case having one or more major surfaces. A visual display and a touch interface are disposed on at least one of the major surfaces. A processor is operably coupled to the visual display and touch screen. Instructions executable by the processor may be configured to a) present an image on the visual display containing one or more active elements; b) correlate one or more active portions of the touch interface to one or more corresponding active elements in the image on the visual display; c) operate the one or more active elements according to a first mode of operation in response to a first mode of touch on one or more of the active portions; and d) operate the one or more active elements according to a second mode of operation in response to a second mode of touch on one or more of the active portions, wherein in the second mode of operation, the second mode of touch activates an enhancement of one or more of the active elements.11-25-2010
20100050076MULTIPLE SELECTION ON DEVICES WITH MANY GESTURES - Devices, methods and computer readable mediums storing a program causing a computer to execute a process for interacting with targets on a display, particularly in regards to devices utilizing a multi-touch display that are driven by gestures. The use of such devices, methods, and computer readable mediums storing a program allows the user to interact with devices through the use of multi-touch displays.02-25-2010
20100050075DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A CONTROL UNIT FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format.02-25-2010
20120179963MULTI-TOUCH ELECTRONIC DEVICE, GRAPHIC DISPLAY INTERFACE THEREOF AND OBJECT SELECTION METHOD OF MULTI-TOUCH DISPLAY - An object selection method of a multi-touch display includes following steps: displaying a plurality of selectable objects on the multi-touch display; enabling a multi-touch mode to determine whether a first touch-control input and a second touch-control input indicate the same selectable object simultaneously; and if yes, executing a selecting operation with respective to the indicated selectable object.07-12-2012
20100011291USER INTERFACE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A PHYSICALLY FLEXIBLE DEVICE - A user interface including a flexible display configured to display graphical objects and a controller configured to detect a first bend and determine a resulting first foldline, determine a graphical object being intersected by the first foldline and execute a function associated with the graphical object.01-14-2010
20120185768Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods Providing User Interface Features for Editing Multi-Layer Images - One exemplary embodiment involves, on a computer device, displaying a graphical user interface for editing electronic content and displaying representations of a fixed number of layers available for use in the electronic content. Representation of ones of the layers that are not used are graphically distinguished from representations of ones of the layers that are used. In response to receiving input at the computer device, an editing feature for editing a layer of the electronic content is provided.07-19-2012
20120260164Morphable Pad for Tactile Control - A system and method are disclosed for a morphable pad and display configured for tactile control. The system comprises a display for displaying a user interface comprising a layout of vehicle control features. The display is configured to highlight a portion of the layout associated with a received highlight input, and to update the layout based on a received selection input. A morphable pad is connected to the display and comprises an array of switches. Each switch is configured to receive high-light input and selection input. The switches are also configured to adjust in tactile feel to match the layout, and to reconfigure in tactile feel responsive to a change in the layout.10-11-2012
20120233545DETECTION OF A HELD TOUCH ON A TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY - Example embodiments relate to detection of a held touch on a touch-sensitive display. In some embodiments, a touch held at a given position of a touch-sensitive display is detected. Movement of the touch is then tracked while the touch remains held on the touch-sensitive display. Finally, upon release of the held touch, an action is performed on a user interface object located at a position of the release of the held touch.09-13-2012
20110004825DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING MULTIPLE DAY PROGRAMMING CAPABILITY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format; the display apparatus configured to allow multiple days to be programmed with a single button.01-06-2011
20110004823DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING MENU AND SYSTEM SETTING SCROLL CAPABILITY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A display apparatus for a control unit in an environmental control system; the display apparatus including: a display area presenting a plurality of first loci, a plurality of second loci and at least one third locus; each respective first locus of the plurality of first loci being responsive to pressure for effecting a respective response; each respective second locus of the plurality of second loci presenting information using a fixed segment data format; at least one third locus of the at least one third locus presenting information using a dot matrix data format; the display apparatus configured to allow at least one of menu and system settings to be scrolled.01-06-2011
20110004822VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD FOR USE WITH VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD PROGRAM FOR USE WITH VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS THEREIN - A vehicle-mounted apparatus is disclosed which includes a displaying unit for providing information to a user, an inputting unit for inputting operations carried out by the user, and a controlling unit for controlling a display of the displaying unit based on the operations input through the inputting unit. The inputting unit has at least a touch-sensitive panel attached to a display screen of the displaying unit. The controlling unit causes the displaying unit to display a menu screen based on the operations input through the inputting unit. The controlling unit also causes the displaying unit to switch the displays based on menus selected on the menu screen. Furthermore, the controlling unit causes the displaying unit to switch, as when a specific menu is selected on the menu screen, the displays in response to a fingertip gesture made by the user for detection on the touch-sensitive panel.01-06-2011
20110004821INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided an information processing apparatus including an operating tool detector for detecting a touch state of an operating tool with a display panel; a display controller for, when change of a pointing direction of the operating tool is detected by the operating tool detector on an object selected on the display panel, controlling the display panel to display near the object an operation menu containing one or more operation items I selectable for the object; and an operation item selecting portion for, when the operation menu is displayed, selecting one of the operation items in accordance with the change in the pointing direction of the operating tool detected by the operating tool detector from the operation menu.01-06-2011
20110131490MOBILE TERMINAL SUPPORTING DETACHABLE MEMORY CARDS AND DETACHABLE MEMORY CARD MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal supporting detachable memory cards and a method for managing the detachable memory cards attached to the mobile terminal is provided. The detachable memory card management method of the present invention includes displaying, if at least two memory cards are detected, icons representing the memory cards on an idle mode screen, detecting selection of at least one of the icons, and creating files, stored in a source memory card represented by one of the selected icons, in a destination memory card represented by another icon. The detachable memory card management method of the present invention is capable of displaying the card icons representing the memory cards attached to the mobile terminal on the idle mode screen such that the user can identify the attached memory cards.06-02-2011
20120240041TOUCH GESTURE INDICATING A SCROLL ON A TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY IN A SINGLE DIRECTION - A method of operating a device having a touch-sensitive display includes displaying scrollable information elements on the touch-sensitive display and detecting a touch gesture from an input device on the touch-sensitive display. The touch gesture is classified as a flick gesture. If the flick gesture satisfies at least a first criterion reflecting a user intent to scroll the information elements in a single direction along a first of a pair of cardinal axes, the direction in which the information elements is scrolled is locked along the single direction. If the flick gesture satisfies the first criterion, any displacement of the information elements which has occurred along a second of the cardinal axes orthogonal to the first cardinal axis as a result of classifying the touch gesture as a flick gesture is undone.09-20-2012
20110029869METHOD AND SYSTEM RESPONSIVE TO INTENTIONAL MOVEMENT OF A DEVICE - A method for causing an action to be performed in a device, the method including the steps of in a processing system of the device, receiving an indication of movement of at least a portion of the device, the movement being associated with an action option, and causing the action to be performed in respect of the movement.02-03-2011
20120272145METHOD FOR USING RADIO PRESETS AS APPLICATION SHORTCUTS - A control arrangement for a vehicle includes an infotainment console having a user interface with a plurality of pushbuttons. A communication device is communicatively coupled to the infotainment console and relays signals between the infotainment console and a portable computing device. The infotainment console reconfigures the user interface to enable the user to control the portable computing device via the user interface. Each of the pushbuttons is actuatable to cause operation of the portable computing device to proceed to a respective application within the portable computing device.10-25-2012
20120272144COMPACT CONTROL MENU FOR TOUCH-ENABLED COMMAND EXECUTION - A compact control menu is provided over an interactive touch interface where a user may interact with a touch-enabled device to execute commands. The compact control menu may be provided after a user makes a touch selection in a document to aid in the user's ability to execute common control commands quickly and in the context of the selection. The compact control menu may initially appear in a collapsed state displaying a limited number of commands, and may allow the user to swipe in a direction for executing a command. The compact control menu may be expanded to display more command options upon a trigger to expand initiated by a particular user touch motion on the touch interface. The user may execute a command from the expanded command menu, and after command execution the compact control menu may disappear until a further user selection within a document.10-25-2012
20110239115SELECTING AN AVATAR ON A DISPLAY SCREEN OF A MOBILE DEVICE - Disclosed are techniques that allow the user of a mobile device to select an avatar within a virtual world presented on the display screen of the mobile device. In some embodiments, a user manipulates a thumbwheel. As the thumbwheel is turned, the avatars on the display screen are highlighted one after another. The user then presses a thumbwheel button to select a desired avatar. Some embodiments allow the user to select more than one avatar at a time. Several highlighting techniques are available. In some embodiments, the user uses speech commands instead of a thumbwheel to highlight the avatars one by one. Speech input is also used to select one or more avatars. Some devices support a touch-screen interface. Embodiments for these devices allow the user to select an avatar by, for example, drawing an arc enclosing the avatar.09-29-2011
20110239114Apparatus and Method for Unified Experience Across Different Devices - Improved techniques for interacting with media content so as to provide a unified experience of media content across different devices are disclosed. A media content may be displayed on first display of the first device. A status of the media content may be communicated from the first device to a second device. The media content may be displayed on a second display of the second device, in accordance with the status of the media content from the first device.09-29-2011
20120278712MULTI-INPUT GESTURES IN HIERARCHICAL REGIONS - This document describes techniques and apparatuses for multi-input gestures in hierarchical regions. These techniques enable applications to appropriately respond to a multi-input gesture made to one or more hierarchically related regions of an application interface.11-01-2012
20110276879USER INTERFACE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF PROCESSING USER INTERFACE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM EMBODYING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING USER INTERFACE - A user interface processing apparatus is provided. A user interface element such as a virtual controller is displayed on a display screen. When an operation to the displayed user interface element is received from a player, the application is controlled in accordance with the received operation. A learning level of the player is determined in accordance with a control state of the application, such as utilization time of the application and the number of executions of a predetermined function in the application. The transparency is increased in accordance with the determined learning level. In a case where it is detected that an operation state of the user interface element continues for a certain period of time, transparency of the user interface element to increase is determined. The user interface element is displayed with the determined transparency.11-10-2011
20110276878VIBRATION MECHANISM - An apparatus including: a user interface module, a vibration mechanism configured to move the user interface module to provide a tactile effect through the user interface module, and a counterbalancing element configured to provide a counterbalancing effect for movements of the user interface module.11-10-2011
20100229091Information Processing Apparatus and Estimating Method - Provided is an information processing apparatus including an operation display unit for displaying a display screen and detecting an operation location on the display screen based upon a user operation on the display screen, a pressure detecting unit including a plurality of pressure sensors for detecting a pressure value according to the user operation on the operation display unit for each of the plurality of pressure sensors, an operation type determining unit for determining a type of the user operation, a deriving unit for selectively deriving a barycentric location on the display screen based upon detection results from the plurality of pressure sensors, based upon a determination result from the operation type determining unit, and an estimating unit for estimating a pressure value on the operation location, based upon a derivation result from the deriving unit and upon information of barycentric location candidates.09-09-2010
20100229090Systems and Methods for Interacting With Touch Displays Using Single-Touch and Multi-Touch Gestures - Embodiments include position detection systems that can identify two touch locations mapped to positions proximate a GUI object, such as a boundary. In response to movement of one or both of the two touch locations, the GUI object can be affected, such as moving the boundary to resize a corresponding object and/or to relocate the boundary, or the GUI object can be selected without movement of the touch locations. Embodiments include single touch gestures, such as identifying a rolling, bending, or other movement occurring while a touch location remains substantially the same and interpreting the movement as an input command. Embodiments may utilize one or more optical sensors having sufficient sensitivity to recognize changes in detected light due to variations in object orientation, makeup or posture caused by the rolling, bending, and/or other movement(s).09-09-2010
20100229088GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF MUSIC USING VARYING LEVELS OF DETAIL - Systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed for providing graphical representations of music of varying levels of detail. An electronic device can determine the attributes of a first type (e.g., genre) associated with the music. The electronic device can display a graphical representation of the music using the attributes. The graphical representation can be based on a spiral, helix, map, or any other geometric shape or curve. A user can zoom into a portion of the graphical representation to select the music of a particular genre in which to view more detailed information. In response, the electronic device can determine the attributes of a second, more detailed type (e.g., artist) associated with the selected music and can revise the graphical representation to use the attributes of the second type. The revised graphical representation can include album cover art associated with the selected music.09-09-2010
20120096351System and Method For Providing Rotational Haptic Feedback - Systems and methods for providing haptic cues to a touch-sensitive input device having a rotary degree of freedom are described. One described method includes the steps of receiving data from at least one packet, determining navigation within at least one list based at least in part on the data, and determining whether to output a haptic effect, the haptic effect based at least in part on the data.04-19-2012
20120096350ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a main display screen and a touch screen. The touch screen is used for being touched by users to define a touch track and generating an input signal corresponding to the attributes of the touch track. Programs may be activated and control functions performed in response to how a user touches the touch screen.04-19-2012
20120096349Scrubbing Touch Infotip - An invention is disclosed for using touch input to display a representation of information for an item of a plurality of grouped items not otherwise accessible via other touch input. In an embodiment. In an embodiment, a user provides touch input to a touch-input device that comprises a scrubbing motion. Where the scrub corresponds to interacting with an item of a plurality of grouped items, a representation of information not otherwise accessible via other touch input is displayed (such as an infotip). In this manner, touch input may serve as a way to obtain a mouse-over event where there is no mouse pointer with which to create a mouse-over.04-19-2012
20110320940ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF SWITCHING WORKING MODES - An electronic device includes a touch screen, a user interface module, a detecting module and a process module. The user interface module is configured to create a user interface on the touch screen. A number of hidden active areas are defined in the user interface. A detecting module is configured to detect if the hidden active areas are touched and in what order. A process module is configured to switch the user interface from an operation mode to a test mode after the hidden active areas are touched in a predetermined sequence.12-29-2011
20120102401METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING TEXT SELECTION - A method for providing selection of a portion of text for touch screen devices may include receiving an indication of a touch gesture in association with a primary word among text being displayed at a touch screen display, causing provision of a selected word indication to indicate inclusion of the primary word as a selected word, causing provision of a pre-selected word indication in relation to at least one secondary word adjacent to the primary word, and enabling expansion of the selected word indication to include the at least one secondary word in response to a touch event selecting the at least one secondary word. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.04-26-2012
20120102400Touch Gesture Notification Dismissal Techniques - In an exemplary embodiment, touch input received by a computing device can be used to dismiss notifications. For example, a notification, e.g., a window including information about an event, can be displayed by a touch-screen. A user can touch touch-screen and dismiss the notification by performing a gesture. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the detailed description, claims, and figures.04-26-2012
20120102399Navigation of Electronic Device Menu Without Requiring Visual Contact - Methods, systems, and computer programs for controlling a device without requiring visual contact with the device are presented. One method includes an operation for identifying available options for presentation to a user according to a state of a computer program executing on a portable device, where the available options belong to a plurality of possible menu items. Further, the method provides an audible output of the available options to the user and detection of a touch-based input by the portable device, where the input is received at the portable device without providing an identifiable visual cue to the user. Further yet, the method includes operations for determining the selected option from the available options based on the timing of the input relative to the audible output, and for performing the selected option by the computer program. In another method, the options are presented to the user via different vibration patterns of an electronic device or via vibrations of a second device connected to the electronic device.04-26-2012
20100199179PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL - A contact position detecting unit 08-05-2010
20110161811MULTIMEDIA DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING TO DESIRED REPLAY POINT WITH CONTROL TOOL - Provided is a multimedia device for shifting to desired replay point with control tool. The multimedia control module controls replay of a multimedia file. The display module displays a control tool which performs control to shift a designated certain time unit from a current replay point when the multimedia file is currently being replayed and replay the multimedia file. The touch sensing module includes a touch sensing region for sensing a user touch signal and a moving direction of the user touch signal. The control tool control signal generation module generates a control tool control signal for controlling the control tool, and transmits the control signal to the multimedia control module. The multimedia control module receives the control tool control signal and replays the multimedia file at a shifted replay point which is shifted by a certain time unit from a current replay point in a predetermined direction.06-30-2011
20110161810HAPTIC/VOICE-OVER NAVIGATION ASSISTANCE - A method includes displaying a user interface on a touch display, receiving a user input on the touch display, determining whether the user input is associated with a navigational assistance area of the user interface, outputting one or more vibrations, when it is determined that the user input is associated with the navigational assistance area of the user interface, and outputting an auditory navigational cue that corresponds to a name associated with the navigational assistance area, when it is determined that the user input is associated with the navigational assistance area of the user interface.06-30-2011
20110161809HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A hand-held electronic device includes, a first side that has a first display that is touch sensitive, a second side that has a second display and is positionally fixed relative to the first side, and a physical keyboard disposed at the second side.06-30-2011
20110246877MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a method of controlling an image display thereof are disclosed. A display module for a mobile terminal as disclosed herein may include a display for displaying an image that includes one or more objects, a user input interface to receive an input to change the image between a 2D display and a 3D display, and a controller configured to change the displayed image between the 2D display and the 3D display based on the received input. The controller may control the display to sequentially display one or more intermediate images in order to gradually change an extent in which at least one of the one or more objects is perceived to protrude or recede into the display during the change in the displayed image.10-06-2011
20110246875DIGITAL WHITEBOARD IMPLEMENTATION - A computing system includes a touch screen display that can display a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI includes a display region and a first plurality of GUI elements including a first GUI element associated with a tool. The tool is invoked when selection of the first GUI element is sensed by the touch screen display. The GUI also includes a second plurality of GUI elements including a second GUI element associated with a graphical object. The graphical object is displayed in the display region when selection of the second GUI element is sensed by the touch screen display and the graphical object is dragged-and-dropped to a position within the display region.10-06-2011
20110265001Cameraless A/V documenting of user interactions with MFP device user interface - Methods and systems for cameraless audiovisual (A/V) documenting of user interactions with a multifunction peripheral (MFP) device user interface. User interactions are documented in an A/V file that is essentially a motion picture recorded without a camera, and that captures digital image edits or selections made on the user interface by a walk-up user along with the user's audio narration. The A/V file can be advantageously used, by way of example, as a dynamic presentation, or in MFP device training, diagnostics or support provisioning.10-27-2011
20110271182ELETRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses an electronic apparatus and a control method thereof. The electronic apparatus comprises a touch-controlled panel and a control module, and the control method comprises the steps of: touching and dragging at least one icon shown on the touch-controlled panel to a page-indexing row, the page-indexing row comprising a plurality of number indexes, and each number index representing a page; determining whether the icon is dragged to the site of one of the number index shown in the page-indexing row by the control module; focusing the number index when the icon is dragged to the site of one of the number index; determining whether the icon is touched at the site of the focused number index by the control module; moving the icon to a page represented by the focused number index when the icon is not touched at the site of the focused number index.11-03-2011
20110271181SCREEN UNLOCKING METHOD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF - The present invention discloses an electronic apparatus and a screen unlocking method thereof, the electronic apparatus comprises a touch-controlled screen and a control module, and the screen unlocking method comprises the steps of displaying a first frame having a movable icon which shows a part of a second frame over the second frame on the touch-controlled screen; touching the icon and dragging the icon with a random direction and a random dragging path, and the part of the second frame shown by the icon being enlarged or reduced according to the direction and the dragging path; determining if a dragging-condition of the icon is matched with any one of the unlocking-conditions; and displaying the whole second frame when the dragging-condition of the dragged icon is matched with one of the unlocking-conditions.11-03-2011
20130104040HAPTICALLY ENHANCED INTERACTIVITY WITH INTERACTIVE CONTENT - Interactive content may be presented to a user that is manipulating a peripheral. One or more state parameters that are related to the position of the peripheral may be determined. The peripheral may be identified from a plurality of possible peripherals. The interactive content may be adjusted based at least in part on the one or more position parameters and/or the identification of the peripheral. Haptic feedback to be provided to the user may be determined based at least in part on the one or more position parameters and/or the identification of the peripheral.04-25-2013
20130104039System and Method for Operating a User Interface on an Electronic Device - An electronic device includes a sensor for determining the position of an input member, such as a user's finger or stylus, for example, relative to a user interface of the device. Before the input member contacts the user interface, the sensor detects the horizontal and vertical positions of the input member and generates positional signals indicative of those positions. A controller at the device determines the horizontal and vertical positions of the input member based on the positional signals, and generates first and second feedback signals as a function of the detected horizontal and vertical positions to indicate the input member position relative to the user interface.04-25-2013
20110219303Web-Clip Widgets on a Portable Multifunction Device - In a computer-implemented method for use at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, a web page or portion thereof is displayed on the touch screen display. An activation of a web-clip widget creation icon is detected. In response to detecting the activation, a web-clip widget is created from the web page or portion thereof.09-08-2011
20110219302MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE AND INPUT DEVICE - A mobile terminal device includes a display section having a display screen, an input section having a touch input region on the display screen, and a control section for displaying a plurality of keys. The display screen is provided as a software keyboard where a touch operation on a specific key causes an input of the specific key. In the specific display region on the display screen that can display operation keys on the software keyboard, the control section selects these keys from a previously prepared set of input candidate key groups. In response to a specific operation on the specific display region, the control section allows the plurality of keys to be displayed on the specific display region. In response to touch on a desired key in the specific display region, the control section determines that an input of the key has been performed.09-08-2011
20100281363TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND METHOD, RECEPTION DEVICE AND METHOD, AND TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION SYSTEM - A transmission device for transmitting data to a reception device as a data destination, includes: a display control means for controlling display of an icon corresponding to the data directed to a first display section as a touch panel; an operation detection means for detecting an operation of a first user on the first display section on which the icon is displayed; a destination operation sensing means for sensing an operation of a second user on a second display section as a touch panel on which part of the icon is displayed in the reception device when the icon is held in a predetermined region of the first display section; and a transmission control means for controlling the start of transmission of the data to the reception device when the operation detection means detects that the icon is opened in the predetermined region of the first display section from a state in which the icon is held in the predetermined region of the first display section and the part of the icon is held in the second display section.11-04-2010
20100287471PORTABLE TERMINAL WITH MUSIC PERFORMANCE FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS USING PORTABLE TERMINAL - Disclosed are a portable terminal with a music performance function and a method for playing a variety of musical instruments. The method includes: selecting a particular piece of music and a particular musical instrument from the portable terminal, according to a user request, and executing a music performance mode corresponding to the selected musical instrument; detecting a first input signal input to a screen according to the selected musical instrument in the musical performance mode; determining, if the first input signal is detected, whether a second input signal for executing audio source data is detected; analyzing the first and second input signals, in association with each other; and outputting audio source data of the selected music, according to the analyzed result, via audio signals.11-11-2010
20100287470Information Processing Apparatus and Information Processing Method - An information processing apparatus includes: display means for displaying an image; detection means that is disposed in an area other than another area, in which the display means is disposed, for detecting a contact in the area; and control means for recognizing the content of an operation based on a combination of two or more contact positions in which the contact is detected by the detection means and controlling performing of a process corresponding to the content of the operation.11-11-2010
20100287469ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE USER INTERFACE THEREOF - An electronic device and a method for controlling an user interface thereof are provided. The method includes detecting an orientation of the electronic device, determining a arrangement of the user interface according to the detected orientation, displaying a shortcut key area and a status area on the user interface, and adjusting the user interface according to the operational signals from a touch panel of the electronic device.11-11-2010
20100287468Apparatus and method for displaying menu items - The subject matter discloses a graphic user interface, comprising a touch screen application activated by a user's thumb and a main menu comprising one or more main options to be selected by a user using the user's thumb positioned on the screen in an area associated with a selected main option. The GUI also comprises one or more submenus comprising one or more secondary options to be selected by a user using the user's thumb positioned on the screen in an area associated with a selected secondary option. Each submenu is associated with a main option and a second menu is displayed when a main option is selected. The one or more secondary options are arranged in an elliptical arrangement having a center, wherein the center of the elliptical arrangement is a function of the location of the user's thumb.11-11-2010
20110231757TACTILE CONTROL IN AN AUGMENTED REALITY EYEPIECE - This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the displayed content. A tactile control interface mounted on the eyepiece accepts control inputs from the user through at least one of a user touching the interface and the user being proximate to the interface.09-22-2011
20110231756Methods and Apparatus for Determining a Selection Region - An apparatus, comprising a processor memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer program code configured to, working with the processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following, determining a first usage parameter associated with a first information item, determining graphical representation corresponding to the first information item, wherein the determination is uninfluenced by the first usage parameter, determining a first selection region associated with the first information item, based, at least in part, on the first usage parameter, and causing display of the graphical representation absent indication of the first selection region is disclosed.09-22-2011
20110252319MULTI-NETWORK ARCHITECTURE FOR MEDIA DATA EXCHANGE - Some embodiments use several different types of networks to relay several different types of media content among several different computing devices. The media content of some embodiments is data that a computing device can process in order to provide a presentation of the media content to a user of the device. Examples of types of such media content include audio data, video data, text data, picture data, game data, and/or other media data. In some embodiments, two different networks relay media content of two different types among multiple computing devices. Specifically, in some embodiments, a first network routes among the computing devices one type of media data content (e.g., game data), while a second network routes among the computing devices another type of media data content (e.g., audio and/or video data of game participants). The two networks differ in some embodiments based on their topology.10-13-2011
20130151961CHARACTER STRING RETRIEVAL APPARATUS - In order to enable an operator to unfailingly recognize a retrieved character string displayed on a display unit as a result of retrieval from a target such as text, a character string retrieval apparatus 06-13-2013
20130151960SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING A CONTACT WITH A SURFACE BY TACTILE SIMULATION - System for simulation of a contact with a surface by tactile stimulation comprising a surface (06-13-2013
20130151959Scrolling Velocity Modulation in a Tactile Interface for a Social Networking System - A user interface includes a tactile interface on a client device that allows users to interact with social networking system content in a manner that is optimized for touch screens and mobile devices. The tactile interface allows users to efficiently navigate the social networking system data as well as to capture new content for upload to the social networking system. New content may be captured in a way that allows the user to preview the content in-context.06-13-2013
20100299596DYNAMIC RECONFIGURATION OF GUI DISPLAY DECOMPOSITION BASED ON PREDICTIVE MODEL - A hand-held electronic device, method of operation and computer readable medium are disclosed. The device may include a case having one or more major surfaces. A visual display and a touch interface are disposed on at least one of the major surfaces. A processor is operably coupled to the visual display and touch screen. Instructions executable by the processor may be configured to a) present an image on the visual display containing one or more active elements; b) perform a tessellation that divides the image into one or more regions that fill the display, wherein each region corresponds to a different active element, wherein a size of each region depends on a corresponding probability that a user will use the corresponding active element within a given time frame; and c) correlating one or more active portions of the touch interface to one or more corresponding active elements.11-25-2010
20100299594TOUCH CONTROL WITH DYNAMICALLY DETERMINED BUFFER REGION AND ACTIVE PERIMETER - A hand-held electronic device, method of operation and computer readable medium are disclosed. The device may include a case having one or more major surfaces. A visual display and a touch interface are disposed on at least one of the major surfaces. A processor is operably coupled to the visual display and touch screen. Instructions executable by the processor may be configured to a) present an image on the visual display containing one or more active elements; b) correlate one or more active portions of the touch interface to one or more corresponding active elements in the image on the visual display; and c) re-purpose one or more portions of the touch interface outside the one or more active portions to act as inputs for commands associated with the one or more active elements.11-25-2010
20100318906METHODS FOR BROWSING IMAGE DATA AND SYSTEMS USING THE SAME - Methods for browsing image data and systems using the same are provided. First, a plurality of image data is provided. A thumbnail is created for each of the image data, wherein the respective thumbnails have the same image height. Then, a filmstrip is created according to the thumbnails, and all or a part of the filmstrip is displayed in a touch-sensitive display unit to let users browse the thumbnails corresponding to the image data.12-16-2010
20100318905Method for displaying menu screen in electronic devicing having touch screen - An electronic device is configured to display a menu screen. Then electronic device is capable of displaying the menu screen composed of a plurality of main menu items each of which has a plurality of subordinate menu items. The method further includes modifying the displayed menu screen by moving the subordinate menu items in response to a first drag input in a first direction or by moving the main menu items in response to a second drag input in a second direction. The method allows a user to perform a search for two or more subordinate menu items of different groups at a time on a single screen. Therefore, the number of times being key-pressed for a menu search is decreased, and the time required for a menu search is reduced.12-16-2010
20110314374MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DATA TRANSMISSION AND COMMUNICATION LIST DISPLAY THEREIN - A mobile terminal including at least a first identity module and a second identity module; a wireless communication unit configured to transceive communication data; a touchscreen configured to receive a touch input on a predetermined touch area for selecting one of the first and second identity modules; and a controller configured to control the wireless communication unit to transmit the communication data using the one of the first and second identity modules based on the touch input performed on the predetermined touch area.12-22-2011
20130191741Methods and Apparatus for Providing Feedback from an Electronic Device - An electronic device, which can be a wearable electronic device, tablet electronic device, or other type of device, includes a user interface operable to detect gesture input. A visible output, which can be proximately disposed with the user interface, provides visible feedback with which a user can determine that the input was received. A control circuit is operable in some embodiments to control the output of the visible output to mimic the gesture input. Audible feedback and tactile feedback can be used in addition to the visible feedback.07-25-2013
20110320939Electronic Device for Providing a Visual Representation of a Resizable Widget Associated with a Contacts Database - There is disclosed an electronic device and method for providing a visual representation of a contact widget. The electronic device includes a display and an input component. A display provides a first representation of the contact widget including a first quantity of task representations. An input component then detects a resizing action of the contact widget. Thereafter, display provides a second representation of the contact widget, different from the first representation, including a second quantity of task representations in response to detecting the resizing action of the contact widget.12-29-2011
20120011438MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the mobile terminal includes: a housing including a front side, a rear side and a plurality of lateral sides; a touchscreen located on the front side of the housing, configured to display at least one touch-executable object, and including a predefined edge region; and a controller. The controller is configured to preempt execution of a function corresponding to a particular object of the at least one touch-executable object if a first touch of the particular object is detected in the predefined edge region of the touchscreen.01-12-2012
20120011436Devices and Methods of a User Interface for a Small Display Screen - Disclosed are devices and methods of user interfaces of devices. Such a device includes a display and has at least two keys configured for tactile awareness adjacent thereto. Such keys also can be configured to receive input signals of two types. Two types of input signals can be touch input signals and press input signals. Tactile awareness of a key provides that a user can know when the user has touched the key. Initial information displayed upon the screen can be scrolled when the device receives an input signal of a first key within a predetermined time of receiving an input signal of a second key. A disclosed method further can include, after scrolling the initial information, new information is displayed on the display so that one or more distinct portions of the new information is aligned with one or more of the keys.01-12-2012
20120030570Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Copying Formatting Attributes - An electronic device simultaneously displays on a touch-sensitive display a first user interface object and a second user interface object. The second user interface object has formatting attributes, one or more of which are distinct from corresponding formatting attributes in the first user interface object. The device detects a first contact on the first user interface object and a second contact on the second user interface object. While continuing to detect the first contact and the second contact, the device detects movement of the second contact across the touch-sensitive display, and moves the second user interface object in accordance with the movement of the second contact. The device changes one or more formatting attributes for the second user interface object to match corresponding formatting attributes for the first user interface object if the second user interface object contacts the first user interface object while moving.02-02-2012
20120030569Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Reordering the Front-to-Back Positions of Objects - At a multifunction device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface, a plurality of objects are displayed on the display. The plurality of objects have a first layer order. A first contact is detected at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a location of a respective object of the plurality of objects. While detecting the first contact, a gesture that includes a second contact is detected on the touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the gesture, the plurality of objects are reordered in accordance with the gesture to create a second layer order that is different from the first layer order. In some embodiments, the position of the respective object within the first order is different from the position of the respective object within the second order.02-02-2012
20120030568Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Copying User Interface Objects Between Content Regions - An electronic device displays a user interface object in a first content region on a touch-sensitive display. The device detects a first finger input on the user interface object. While detecting the first finger input, the device detects a second finger input on the touch-sensitive display. When the first finger input is an M-finger contact, wherein M is an integer, in response to detecting the second finger input, the device selects a second content region and displays a copy of the user interface object in the second content region. After detecting the second finger input, the device detects termination of the first finger input while the copy of the user interface object is displayed in the second content region. In response to detecting termination of the first finger input, the device maintains display of the copy of the user interface object in the second content region.02-02-2012
20120030567SYSTEM WITH CONTEXTUAL DASHBOARD AND DROPBOARD FEATURES - A user may select content that has been displayed. The selected content may be provided to multiple applications as input in response to detection of a user command such as a touch gesture. The applications may be widgets that are displayed in respective application regions surrounding a focus region. The selected text may be presented in the focus region. Each widget may produce output in its application region that is based on the selected input. A user can launch a desired widget using a swipe gesture towards the desired widget. A user may transfer the selected content using a swipe from the focus region to an application region. A user can select which widgets are included in the application regions. Displayed data items may be related to selected content. A data item may be dragged onto a widget icon to transfer the data item to an associated widget.02-02-2012
20120030566SYSTEM WITH TOUCH-BASED SELECTION OF DATA ITEMS - Computing equipment may display data items in a list on a touch screen display. The computing equipment may use the touch screen display to detect touch gestures. A user may select a data item using a touch gesture such as a tap gesture. In response, the computing equipment may display a selectable option. When the option is displayed, movable markers may be placed in the list. The markers can be dragged to new locations to adjust how many of the data items are selected and highlighted in the list. Ranges of selected items may be merged by moving the markers to unify separate groups of selected items. A region that contains multiple selectable options may be displayed adjacent to a selected item. The selectable options may correspond to different ways to select and deselect items. Multifinger swipe gestures may be used to select and deselect data items.02-02-2012
20120036433Three Dimensional User Interface Effects on a Display by Using Properties of Motion - The techniques disclosed herein use a compass, MEMS accelerometer, GPS module, and MEMS gyrometer to infer a frame of reference for a hand-held device. This can provide a true Frenet frame, i.e., X- and Y-vectors for the display, and also a Z-vector that points perpendicularly to the display. In fact, with various inertial clues from accelerometer, gyrometer, and other instruments that report their states in real time, it is possible to track the Frenet frame of the device in real time to provide a continuous 3D frame-of-reference. Once this continuous frame of reference is known, the position of a user's eyes may either be inferred or calculated directly by using a device's front-facing camera. With the position of the user's eyes and a continuous 3D frame-of-reference for the display, more realistic virtual 3D depictions of the objects on the device's display may be created and interacted with by the user.02-09-2012
20120060088Minimal and Preferential Option User Interface - A request to display a portion of a full-screen content overlay options menu of a multiple media player device is detected by the multiple media player device that represents less than all of the full-screen content overlay options menu. A media type of content media currently accessed by the multiple media player device is determined A current setting status of an available adjustment of the multiple media player device associated with the portion of the full-screen content overlay options menu based upon the determined media type of content media currently accessed by the multiple media player device is determined. A first graphical menu pane of the full-screen content overlay options menu, including the current setting status of the available adjustment, is displayed over full-screen content on a display. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-08-2012
20120066591Virtual Page Turn and Page Flip via a Touch Sensitive Curved, Stepped, or Angled Surface Side Edge(s) of an Electronic Reading Device - An improved and more intuitive method of interacting and controlling the speed of a virtual page turn or virtual page flip, wherein a touch surface is a curved, stepped, or angled side edge surface of an electronic reading device. The rate or speed of virtual pages turned or flipped is determined by the physical location and gesture movement or direction of user's finger(s) on the curved, stepped, or angled touch surface. Typically, the common method of interacting and controlling the turning or flipping of virtual pages occurs on the flat front or top of the display touch screen surface, whereas this invention provides a more intuitive method of turning or flipping of virtual pages of electronic books which more naturally mimics that of turning or flipping through traditional paperback or hard-bound non-electronic book pages.03-15-2012

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