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Method for a touch based dynamic GUI

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008489D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 305K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a Dynamic Graphical User Interface (DGUI). Benefits include improved usability with small screen displays.

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Method for a touch based dynamic GUI

Disclosed is a method for a Dynamic Graphical User Interface (DGUI). Benefits include improved usability with small screen displays.

Background

              Conventional touch-screen mini web and hand held electronic devices are typically limited to a small screen due to costs of larger flat and touch screens. The screen area is a valuable asset in a product where the primary output is visual presentation to the screen. In most typical graphical computing models, some sort of graphical user interface (GUI) is required so the user can interact with the electronic device. In order to navigate the system GUI, controls such as buttons must be present for the user to select.  The GUI controls occupy some of this valuable screen area and minimize presentation space for media and other display content. Instead of always showing these GUI controls, the touch screen interface may hide the controls for use when needed. When hidden, the GUI can automatically appear at a cursor movement or other command.

Description

              Disclosed is a DGUI for a small, low-resolution device with a touch screen. The GUI is hidden off screen at the edges of the display area. The user activates the GUI by moving a touch screen stylus to a hot spot on the display screen. For example, in Active mode (see Figure 1) the desktop has no core GUI buttons. The stylus is shown moving towards the left edge of the touch screen. To change the user state mode (see Figure 2), a button bar flies out to...