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Three Dimensional User Interface Name of Program

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033695D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 112K

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Abstract

This invention uses 3D graphics to implement a more intuitive user interface that the user will find more natural to interact with.

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Three Dimensional User Interface Name of Program

This invention uses 3D graphics to implement a more intuitive user interface that the user will find more natural to interact with.

The cost of display systems that can manipulate 3 dimensional images in real time is being driven down by the consumer demand for devices such as games consoles.  It is getting to the point where these display systems could be incorporated into embedded applications, such as printers and photocopiers.  This invention proposes a new way of presenting a user interface which the user will find more intuitive, and enable them to see the status of a machine more easily.  This idea is not limited to photocopiers, but could be used as the user interface for any complex machine.  The user interface described will require a 3D graphics system to display the UI, and either a touch screen or a pointing device (mouse) for the user to use to control the interface.  Currently, “flat” user interfaces tend to divide the operating controls and status indicators between several different displays, only one of which is on the screen at a time.  The user accesses the other displays either via some sort of hierarchical menu system, by using tabs drawn on the screen, or with dedicated hard keys.  Either way, the user cannot see any of the information on a hidden display without pressing some buttons to bring that display up on the screen.  The user may not know which display contains the information or control facility they need, which means they may have to hunt through several displays to find what they want. 

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