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User Interface Enhancements for Jewellery Pendant Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018860D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-25

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

The embodiments (i.e. user interface interaction, housing, etc.) of current wearable mobile devices are unexciting since they resemble excessively a regular mobile device hanging from a cord. The market segment that would likely be more receptive to wearable mobile devices is some kinds of men and women as well as fashion conscious individuals and children. However, this segment might not be so receptive to devices whose only advantage is to be quite small, a bit lighter, wearable around the neck, but not particularly beautiful, funny or innovative (thus, departing from previous design concepts). These other devices borrowing from the classical mobile phone concept, also don't use to their advantage in consideration of the fact that the devices are hanging from the neck, so they don't require initially a reliable/stable grip from the user, or to be exceedingly durable to be carried around in the pocket or handbag of the user. Nonetheless, the introduction of innovative shapes as well as of new ways to perform old functions might bring up problems that were already evident by the size limitations on "classical" wearable devices. These problems are related to text input, menu navigation, or an easy and fast access to the display information when the device is hanging from the user's neck. The current wearable devices are restrained to the regular shape of current mobile phones. They don't:

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User Interface Enhancements for Jewellery Pendant Mobile Device

Idea: Carmen Santa-Cruz, DK-Aalborg

The embodiments (i.e. user interface interaction, housing, etc.) of current wearable mobile devices are unexciting since they resemble excessively a regular mobile device hanging from a cord. The market segment that would likely be more receptive to wearable mobile devices is some kinds of men and women as well as fashion conscious individuals and children. However, this segment might not be so receptive to devices whose only advantage is to be quite small, a bit lighter, wearable around the neck, but not particularly beautiful, funny or innovative (thus, departing from previous design concepts). These other devices borrowing from the classical mobile phone concept, also don't use to their advantage in consideration of the fact that the devices are hanging from the neck, so they don't require initially a reliable/stable grip from the user, or to be exceedingly durable to be carried around in the pocket or handbag of the user. Nonetheless, the introduction of innovative shapes as well as of new ways to perform old functions might bring up problems that were already evident by the size limitations on "classical" wearable devices. These problems are related to text input, menu navigation, or an easy and fast access to the display information when the device is hanging from the user's neck.

The current wearable devices are restrained to the regular shape of current mobile phones. They don't:

- exploit other than rectangular shape and symmetry - explore novel placements for the display
- explore novel modes of text input models and menu navigation - explore the possibility of secondary uses for the mobile device such as the transformation of mobile devices (and their chargers) in decorative pieces for a desktop
- explore the possibility to perform old-operations in new, original ways (for instance to dock the device into the charger)

The present invention comprises four points or inventive steps:

a. Display placed on the top of the device for easy viewing from the subject looking upside down (figure 1.a, 1.b, 1.c).

b. Dial/knot circumvallation for favourite applications, navigation and text/dialling input on devices of circular symmetry (figure 1.a, 2.a, and 2.b). The knot is used as a pointing device, thus, it also must have a means to enter the selection either by (a) pressing it, (b) moving the knot upwards (figure 2.c).

c. Circular indentation in mobile devices of circular symmetry to screw the device into the charger (figure 3.a, 3.b). In this case, please note that there are two possibilities: (a) Either the own "male" contacts in the charger might contain the metal parts that, once the device is screwed, are aligned with "female" metal contacts inside the circular indentation (figure 3.a). (b) The "male" contacts' goal is only to secure the position of the device, and thus, align the...