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WORD-FLASH MESSAGE DISPLAY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007511D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Nader Rizq: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Many communication devices are required to dis- play alphanumeric messages. Some of these devices, especially portable ones such as radios, telephones and pagers, have necessarily small displays due to size and weight constraints. Consequently, only a fraction of the total message can be displayed at one time, and longer messages must be accessed by "scrolling" or "paging" through the entire message. This requires the user to repeatedly press buttons in order to scroll or page through the entire message. Message presentation is fragmented and awkward.

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WORD-FLASH MESSAGE DISPLAY

by Nader Rizq, Branko Avanic and Charbel Khawand

  Many communication devices are required to dis- play alphanumeric messages. Some of these devices, especially portable ones such as radios, telephones and pagers, have necessarily small displays due to size and weight constraints. Consequently, only a fraction of the total message can be displayed at one time, and longer messages must be accessed by "scrolling" or "paging" through the entire message. This requires the user to repeatedly press buttons in order to scroll or page through the entire message. Message presentation is fragmented and awkward.

  The WORD-FLASH message display feature allows the user to access the entire message, how- ever long, with one press of a button. The message is "flashed" one word at a time, centered on the display, at a user selected rate deemed comfortable. Flash message displaying allows the reader to absorb information faster than standard reading because the eyes do not move along the message. The eyes are

focused at the center of the display where the words are flashed, and the brain is able to decode the mes- sage more ehiciently.

  In general, one or more alphanumeric messages are stored in memory. The source of the messages varies. They may be received messages such as mes- sage mail, email, paging messages, etc., or system generated messages such as errors, warnings, etc. The system controller simply triggers on a si...