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Fluid Design Architecture for Function-Limited User Interface Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105898D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Halstead Nussloch, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an architectural framework for Function-Limited User Interface Devices (FLUIDs). User interface devices having limited functions, e.g., phones and remote-control clickers, are pervasive in our world. They are used effectively by most everyone from age five and older. The current function of FLUIDs is communication. However, for FLUIDs to reach their full potential of effectiveness requires extensive computation. Thus, the disclosed framework specifies how to link the communication function of FLUIDs with computation in a new and inventive manner.

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Fluid Design Architecture for Function-Limited User Interface Devices

      Disclosed is an architectural framework for Function-Limited
User Interface Devices (FLUIDs).  User interface devices having
limited functions, e.g., phones and remote-control clickers, are
pervasive in our world.  They are used effectively by most everyone
from age five and older.  The current function of FLUIDs is
communication.  However, for FLUIDs to reach their full potential of
effectiveness requires extensive computation.  Thus, the disclosed
framework specifies how to link the communication function of FLUIDs
with computation in a new and inventive manner.

      The Table shows the layers of the FLUID architectural
framework.  Disclosed here are three features believed to be new:

First, is an architecture that effectively can connect computers to
humans through FLUIDs.  This architecture turns FLUIDs into effective
computer workstations.  Second, the framework enables the systematic
and effective construction of new user-interface objects and
processes.  For example, fast-forwarding through meeting notes or a
text file could be implemented just as the current function exists
for video tapes.  Third, the framework provides a separate semantic
layer, Associative Memory Objects, for taskflows.  In general, prior
expert systems and artificially intelligent programs have one layer
for semantic representations.  The disclosed framework has two,
enabling the semantic representa...