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Flat Panel Auxiliary Displays

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116168D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grossman, B: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a programmable icon Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit added to a computer monitor to reduce screen clutter. Icons or other graphical symbols may be displayed on the attached LCD unit and selected using a mouse-driven cursor or keys. The LCD unit can be attached to the monitor in several ways. For example, it can be hinged to the monitor so that its viewing angle can be altered. The hinge also allows it to be retracted for storage. Additionally, the LCD unit may be implemented as a pullout which slides into and out of the monitor. This programmable icon LCD unit reduces screen clutter when multiple windows and icons appear on a monitor. The icons may be controlled as is standard in an X-windows or other window environments.

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Flat Panel Auxiliary Displays

      Disclosed is a programmable icon Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
unit added to a computer monitor to reduce screen clutter.  Icons or
other graphical symbols may be displayed on the attached LCD unit and
selected using a mouse-driven cursor or keys.  The LCD unit can be
attached to the monitor in several ways.  For example, it can be
hinged to the monitor so that its viewing angle can be altered.  The
hinge also allows it to be retracted for storage.  Additionally, the
LCD unit may be implemented as a pullout which slides into and out of
the monitor.  This programmable icon LCD unit reduces screen clutter
when multiple windows and icons appear on a monitor.  The icons may
be controlled as is standard in an X-windows or other window
environments.

    Icons can be shifted between the LCD tablet and CRT by several
means.  In one embodiment, a small selector appears on the icon, for
example, in the corner of the icon.  If selected, the icon moves from
LCD to monitor or vice versa.  Additionally, a user (or application)
profile can control the default placement of icons.

      In another embodiment, a touch sensitive, programmable, LCD
tablet is added to a keyboard as a pullout.  The icons on the LCD
tablet may be programmed to show different words or symbols.  The
tablet may be a stand alone item connected to the keyboard via a
cable or a pullout that can slide under the keyboard when not in use.
Wireless implementations are also possible.

      Tablets may come in various sizes to accommodate a range of
iconic functions.  An LCD icon tablet offers far greater specificity
and variety of function than simple PF-keys available on a standard
keyboard in that symbols or words can be programmed to appear on the
icons.  This invention is of use to any manufacturer of computer
peripherals, multimedia display hardware, interactive TV hardware,
and computer game hardware.

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