Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Andoh, Y: AUTHOR [+3]
Disclosed is a system for use with a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based system which enables consistent user-interface between hardware switches and software buttons. It improves the user-interface.
a system for use with a Graphical User Interface
(GUI)-based system which enables consistent user-interface between
hardware switches and software buttons. It improves the
consists of hardware switches, a software GUI window
system, and hardware control circuits. The user operates the
hardware switch directly or operates the software button by using a
mouse, touch-panel, or any pointing devices. The results are
definitely the same, so called "seamless cursor".
Fig. 1 shows
an example of the seamless cursor
implementations. The system consists of hardware switches, a main
screen, and cursor control unit (may consist of cursor control and
buttons; cursor control unit can use any kind of pointing devices).
The main screen displays the GUI application(s). A user can know
what kind of switches are available from the hardware appearance.
operates the hardware switches, such as Power,
Channels, Functions, etc., directly. Or the user can operate the
cursor by moving it toward the switch and controlling it by pressing
the cursor button(s). The system can know where the cursor is and
display the appropriate help or guidance pop-up before execution, if
required. Fig. 2 shows an example of the control diagram.
cursor system will help users to reduce
mis-operations and provide consistent user-interface with hardware
switches. The seamles...