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Internet Kiosk Touch Panel Shell

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118001D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 341K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Segawa, T: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an Internet KIOSK Touch Panel Shell which allows a user to surf the Internet with a user interface as easy as accessing a banking Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) terminal. The shell has a control panel which is always on the screen so that a user will not get lost in the net. The control panel has customizable Uniform Resource Locators (URL) buttons for a user to get to the home page he/she wants by simple touching. A scroll bar of Internet browser is enlarged for easy touch operation and the title bar of the Operating System (OS) : OS/2 Warp*, Windows 95/NT/3.1**) is masked to prevent a user from accessing the OS function. It also provides software keyboards for a user to get to a home page not on a predefined URL list or to input text or data for an Internet application.

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Internet Kiosk Touch Panel Shell

      Disclosed is an Internet KIOSK Touch Panel Shell which allows a
user to surf the Internet with a user interface as easy as accessing
a banking Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) terminal.  The shell has a
control panel which is always on the screen so that a user will not
get lost in  the net.  The control panel has customizable Uniform
Resource Locators  (URL) buttons for a user to get to the home page
he/she wants by simple  touching.  A scroll bar of Internet browser
is enlarged for easy touch  operation and the title bar of the
Operating System (OS) : OS/2 Warp*,  Windows 95/NT/3.1**) is masked
to prevent a user from accessing the OS  function.  It also provides
software keyboards for a user to get to a home page not on a
predefined URL list or to input text or data for an  Internet
application.  Address and name input for an Electronic Commerce  is
an example.

      Fig. 1 shows an example of a standard Touch Panel Shell.  The
screen consists of the control panel at the right hand side, the name
of the shell at the top, and the Internet screen browsed by Netscape
in this  example.  The control panel has customizable URL buttons, a
button for  text/data input, and a URL input button.

      Fig. 2 shows an example of the text/data input software
keyboard (keypad).  A user can type his name or address using this
keypad to input data to an Internet application which requires data
input from a user.

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