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System and Method for Keyboard and Scroll Wheel Data Entry Optimisation Customisation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130441D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

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Abstract

When viewing data (e.g., e-mail, calendar, browser content, etc) on a mobile device, most people use the device with just one hand. For ease of use, most devices implement a scroll-wheel and/or button (e.g., Escape button) on the right hand side. Left-handed individuals have difficulty using the mobile device scroll wheel when operating the device single-handed, since they will instinctively hold the device in the left hand. This means that the scroll-wheel is not used by the thumb, but the left index finger and is difficult to operate. The same problem exists for operating the Escape button.

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MOBILE

DEVICE INPUT OPTIMISATION

System and Method for Keyboard and Scroll Wheel Data Entry Optimisation Customisation

Disclosed Anonymously

When viewing data (e.g., e-mail, calendar, browser content, etc) on a mobile device, most people use the device with just one hand. For ease of use, most devices implement a scroll-wheel and/or button (e.g., Escape button) on the right hand side. Left-handed individuals have difficulty using the mobile device scroll wheel when operating the device single-handed, since they will instinctively hold the device in the left hand. This means that the scroll-wheel is not used by the thumb, but the left index finger and is difficult to operate. The same problem exists for operating the Escape button.

In order to use the device comfortably, the user will have to use his or her right hand to operate the device when using it single-handed. This is either uncomfortable or inconvenient for left handed people.

Further to this, the use of the “alt” key when typing slows down the user’s ability to input characters requiring the use of the “alt” key for users of right or left handed dispositions. This can make data entry slow, and can unbalance the position of the users grip on the device when trying to enter a string of numbers, for instance, in the midst of typing an email.

The proposed solution provides a method for single-handed use with the left hand, and the ability to access the “Alt” characters without changing grip on the device. ...