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Simple User Interface to a Cellular Telephone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116668D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Au, CY: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

Disclosed is a cellular telephone interface allowing a user to select from a large number of cellular functions by touching a portion of a menu screen corresponding to the category of the function to be selected. This action brings up another screen, which can be touched to select from a list of functions in this category.

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Simple User Interface to a Cellular Telephone

      Disclosed is a cellular telephone interface allowing a user to
select from a large number of cellular functions by touching a
portion of a menu screen corresponding to the category of the
function to be selected.  This action brings up another screen, which
can be touched to select from a list of functions in this category.

      Figs. 1-3 show three of the screens which are displayed, one at
a time, during this selection process, providing touch-sensitive
layered Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen representations of
cellular phone functions, arranged by category.  Fig. 1 is the main
phone screen, which is normally displayed.  If the user touches the
"Menu" button on this screen, the phone menu screen of Fig. 2 is
displayed, so that he can choose one of the five categories shown
thereon.  If the user touches one of these five buttons, another
screen appears with a list of functions for the category selected.
For example, if he touches the "Phone Settings" button, the phone
settings screen of Fig. 3 appears, beginning with a choice setting
the cellular device to answer automatically.

      When the user touches a button corresponding to a function, the
function is automatically executed through the software interface to
the cellular telephone.  The application software translates the user
selection into an appropriate command, which is sent to the cellular
telephone through a Basic Input/Output System (B...