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Spherical Menu Selector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038124D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique which automatically displays a large set of selections in an automatically scrolling menu in order to overcome the difficulties of current menu and scrolling techniques.

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Spherical Menu Selector

Provided is a technique which automatically displays a large set of selections in an automatically scrolling menu in order to overcome the difficulties of current menu and scrolling techniques.

The user is provided with conventional menu and scrolling techniques. In addition, the user is provided with a continuously rotating sphere. The surface of the sphere contains a set of selections. Users can pick from the rotating set of selections to achieve desired results. The user can perform many operations on the spherical selector, e.g., move it, stop the rotation, show all selections at the same time, etc. The spherical selector can be used as a compact menu. For example, the sphere can contain icons which represent objects or program menus. Selection of an icon results in opening the object or program represented. The user can begin normal interaction with the object. When the object is closed, it returns to the spherical selector.

The benefits to the user include new function, a continuously scrolling device, reduced screen space for selection menus, increased usability and learning of options, and reduced keystrokes for viewing options.

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