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A Method for Functionality Setup of External Buttons on Notebooks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123866D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shmueli, S: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

There are variety of functions that notebooks can perform when the clamshell is closed. Examples: CD play, voice synthesis of memos, voice synthesis of GPS information.

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A Method for Functionality Setup of External Buttons on Notebooks

   There are variety of functions that notebooks can
perform when the clamshell is closed.  Examples: CD play, voice
synthesis of memos, voice synthesis of GPS information.

   For these functions, a set of external buttons are
commonly used.  A primary requirement of these buttons is to be user
friendly and with consistent functionality that enables ease of use.
That is especially of significance since common uses of a notebook in
this mode is in circumstances where user cannot be distracted from
her main task.  An example is when she drives a car and the notebook
is on the passenger seat.

   This method suggested here is to have an external MENU
button as part of the external buttons as indicated here: SEE
ORIGINAL.

   The MENU button is designated with "3 dots" and is
situated next to the LCD display.  The menu button allows the
external buttons to take different "personalities" depending on the
object/function they interact with.  For example if the object is
music, a push on the PLAY button will play music.  If the function is
reading out GPS information, then the PLAY button will start
"playing" the GPS information.  The set of buttons is a minimal set
that is wide enough to consistently interact with different
object/functions as set by the Menu button.

   In each click of the MENU button, all buttons switch to
another function which is indicted in the display (or by voice
synthesis).  In the above picture, the buttons are in E-mail mode
and when...