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Dynamic Scanned Image Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102947D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kerr, LL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a new "real life" interface for an office product to be used with touch screen or other direct manipulation techniques to avoid deficiencies in current methods.

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Dynamic Scanned Image Interface

      Provided is a new "real life" interface for an office product
to be used with touch screen or other direct manipulation techniques
to avoid deficiencies in current methods.

      The technique provides dynamic, object-oriented user interfaces
that use scanned images to create the look and feel of the real
object.  When the application begins, the user first sees the picture
(photo-image) of an office desk as scanned into the system and
shipped with the product. The uniqueness of this interface provides
the ability to "rearrange" the desktop by touching the objects and
moving them across the desk to reformat the picture appearing on the
screen.  If the user wants the "telephone" to appear on the left side
of the desk, the user touches it with a pointer and "drags" it across
the top of the desk to the desired position.  The scanned pictures
represent objects used in the office: telephone, desktop, file
cabinet, etc. The objects appear on panels accessed from the main
screen and follow the user through any screen hierarchy created on
the product.  They are capable of being manipulated so as to simulate
animation of an object.

      Advantages would include a new, innovative "look and feel" that
no other product has today in the office market. It would appeal to
new users who are cautious of using PC applications and the
experienced user who is seeking a change from the iconic interfaces
in other products.

      Discl...