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Desktop Dimming - Using Lightsources to Focus a User's Attention

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113896D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 375K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for applying light-source brightness to a user's desktop and/or individual windows to focus a user's attention. Fig. 1. Standard desktop today - no area has specific focus in lighting

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Desktop Dimming - Using Lightsources to Focus a User's Attention

      Disclosed is a method for applying light-source brightness to a
user's desktop and/or individual windows to focus a user's attention.
Fig. 1.   Standard desktop today - no area has specific focus in
lighting

      Fig. 1 illustrates an example of how a user's desktop might
look before incorporating the disclosed lighting method.  All
windows, and the desktop as a whole, are lit to the same extent.
Fig. 2 illustrates the improvement that this lighting method brings
to the desktop, even if the most primitive of lighting schemes were
employed.  This technique is called desktop dimming, which involves
the ability to set up, either via graphical means or some dialog
method, the type and amount of dimming in the desktop or windows.

      For example, a user may choose to have the top half of the
desktop dimmed, using a standard dim/no dim focus area, with no
fading in and out of that dimming area.  This effect is shown in Fig.
2.  Then, those icons and windows that are rarely used could be
arranged in the top part of the desktop, and those items and windows
on which more attention should be placed could be arranged in the
bottom part of the desktop.

      An extension to this technique would allow the individual
windows to use the same dimming/non-dimming area definitions.  Also,
to appeal to more aesthetics, the dimming could use a fading in and
out visual technique, which would allo...