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Fingerprint Touch Sensitivity Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105786D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Due to its ease of use, many computer applications employ touch as the means of user input. For example, multimedia kiosk applications often allow the user to touch the screen to use the product. As people who are unfamiliar with computers begin using computers more, the use of touch input applications will increase.

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Fingerprint Touch Sensitivity Indicator

      Due to its ease of use, many computer applications employ touch
as the means of user input.  For example, multimedia kiosk
applications often allow the user to touch the screen to use the
product.  As people who are unfamiliar with computers begin using
computers more, the use of touch input applications will increase.

      One problem that arises is how to indicate which objects are
touch sensitive on the computer screen.  With the advent of
multimedia, touch sensitive objects can include digital photographs,
objects in videos, and drawings.  So the number and variety of touch
sensitive objects can be huge.  The inability to consistently
identify objects that are touch sensitive can frustrate and confuse
users, leading to a decrease in their satisfaction with the
application.  To solve this problem, we need a simple, natural way to
indicate touch sensitive objects on the computer screen.

      This article describes a technique for indicating touch
sensitive objects in a simple, consistent, and natural way.  When an
object is touch sensitive, then a dim fingerprint is superimposed on
it.  The fingerprint indicates to the user that someone touched the
object and the user can touch the object, too.  To reduce distraction
and allow the user to clearly see the touch sensitive object
underneath the fingerprint, the fingerprint appears in a dim color
and brightness on the computer screen.

The Fingerprint Touch...