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Remote Control with Pen Input

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022000D
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a remote control device; in addition to button controls, the remote has a touch-sensitive area that enables users to input text with a stylus or finger. Benefits include inputting text on devices where a keyboard is not available.

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Remote Control with Pen Input

Disclosed is a method for a remote control device; in addition to button controls, the remote has a touch-sensitive area that enables users to input text with a stylus or finger. Benefits include inputting text on devices where a keyboard is not available.

Background

Currently, there are two main categories of remotes that allow text input. The first are simple button-only devices, where text is entered by pressing a button several times to select the desired character. For example, a single button might be used for the number 2, and the letters A, B, and C. The user pushes the 2 button until the character he wants is selected, and then pauses for a short time for the target system to recognize that the proper character has been selected. This input method is inexpensive, but is cumbersome and slow.

The second category of remotes have a touch sensitive LCD screen, where buttons are displayed and input is accomplished by touching the appropriate area of the screen. These remotes are generally very expensive due to the cost of the LCD, and although input is faster than on the first category, it is still somewhat cumbersome.

General Description

This disclosed method has buttons to control most functions of the device, and a touch-sensitive area, much like those used on pocket PC devices and laptops, where the user can use a stylus or finger to input text (see Figure 1). The method of transferring input to the target device could be, but is not limi...