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Portable Music Player User Interface Concepts: A Synaptics White Paper

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125468D
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-02
Document File: 32 page(s) / 2M

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Megan Yen: AUTHOR

Abstract

This white paper features a variety of portable music player (MP3) design concepts that are both intuitive and stylish. These design concepts are organized into the following categories: * Scrolling Enhancements These concepts combine a variety of input sensors and button switches for unique scrolling and selection interactions. These concepts enable users to scroll quickly through song lists or menu items while intermittently making selections or initiating other actions. These concepts feature scrolling innovations in combination with other interactions. * Gesture Recognition These designs show how gestures can be used for common functions such play, pause, repeat, volume, and so forth. With gestures recognition, the MP3 player can be operated “blindly,” (the user does not need to look at the interface when using it) which make these designs ideal for use while jogging, cycling, driving, and other activities. Other gesture recognition features include character recognition and even speech recognition for improved data entry and retrieval. * Edge Interaction These designs place standard MP3 player controls such as play, pause, repeat, volume, and so forth along the MP3 player’s edge. These designs make use of more surfaces—enhancing usability and the MP3 player’s visual appeal. * Full Screen These designs maximize screen area and support end user customization. Using the entire screen surface supports both portrait or landscape screen orientations and creates a sleek look. The greater screen space can support customizable layouts (through GUI “skins”). Movable icon bars and input devices such as a capacitive frame make customization easy. Full screen designs are also excellent for gaming. A variety of input and navigation devices are featured in the design concepts described in this white paper including: capacitive buttons, clear touch pads, capacitive sensors for scrolling and navigation, rocker switches, soft menu bars, tact switches, touch pads, and more.

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Portable Music Player User Interface Concepts

Synaptics White Paper

Part Number 507-000013-01 Rev. A

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Portable Music Player User Interface Concepts Part Number 507-000013-01 Rev. A

Copyright

Copyright © 2005 Synaptics Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.

May 27, 2005

Trademarks

Synaptics Incorporated, Synaptics (UK) Ltd., and the Synaptics logo are trademarks of Synaptics Incorporated.

Notice

Information contained in this publication is provided as-is, with no express or implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or non-infringement. Synaptics Incorporated assumes no liability whatsoever for any use of the information contained herein, including any liability for intellectual property infringement. This publication conveys no express or implied licenses to any intellectual property rights belonging to Synaptics or any other party. Synaptics may, from time to time and at its sole option, update the information contained herein without notice.

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Portable Music Player User Interface Concepts Part Number 507-000013-01 Rev. A

Contents

Introduction ........................................................................................................................................4

Scrolling enhancements......................................................................................................................4

Backlit touch pad with centered buttons ........................................................................................5

Clear touch pad with preset buttons ...............................................................................................6

Linear scrolling sensors with buttons .............................................................................................7

Scrolling region variations .............................................................................................................8

Scrolling region variations (cont'd)................................................................................................9

Scrolling region variations (cont'd)..............................................................................................10

Multi-Point interface ....................................................................................................................11

Curved scrolling sensor ................................................................................................................12

Curved scrolling sensor (cont'd) ..................................................................................................13

Scrolling "click-strip" sensor .......................................................................................................14

X-shaped interface...............................................................................