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Blind Password Entry on Mobile Device Using Audio and Tactile Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130455D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

One of the issues with handheld devices is that if I have the password enabled, I need to see the device to enter the password before I can use it. This can be annoying since it takes awhile to enter the password and I have to look down at the keyboard to do this. It would be nice if there is a way to enter the password without looking at the keyboard. The following invention addresses several means to address this blind password entry issue. All these ideas utilize audio notification and touch. Idea 1: Using Different Keyboard Zones - When device has password on, configure the keyboard to operate in zones (i.e., press any of keys in specific area will be same as that zone). - Configure keyboard into 3 or 4 zones (e.g., left side of keys = zone 1, middle keys = zone 2, right side of keys = zone 3, space bar = zone 4). - Have user input password by pressing different key combinations from zones 1-4 - Once password is entered, audio confirmation will indicate you are in (i.e., high pitch sound for correct password, buzz sound for wrong password entered). Idea 2: Using Pressure Sensors on Sides of Device - Install pressure sensors on sides of device where left and right sides will be divided into different zones / areas, for example: Location Area Left side - top 1 Left side - middle 2 Left side - bottom 3 Right side - top 4 Right side - middle 5 Right side - bottom 6 - Have user input password by pressing different combinations on sides of devices (areas 1-6). - Once password is entered correctly, audio confirmation will indicate you are in (i.e., high pitch sound for correct password, buzz sound for wrong password entered). Idea 3: Using Patterns with Variable Start Point Another model is a pattern with a variable start point. For example the password is a keyclick than a click to the right, one below, then to the left. Process: Figure 1 illustrates a process that can be used for blind password entry. The process consists of the user entering Blind Entry Mode and entering the password by touch. There will be an audio confirmation (i.e., ring if correct, buzz if not) to enter device once password is inputted correctly.

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Blind Password Entry on

Mobile

Device Using Audio and Tactile Entry


One of the issues with handheld devices is that if I have the password enabled, I need to see the device to enter the password before I can use it. This can be annoying since it takes awhile to enter the password and I have to look down at the keyboard to do this.
It would be nice if there is a way to enter the password without looking at the keyboard.
The following invention addresses several means to address this blind password entry issue. All these ideas utilize audio notification and touch.
Idea 1: Using Different Keyboard Zones
- When device has password on, configure the keyboard to operate in zones (i.e., press any of keys in specific area will be same as that zone).
- Configure keyboard into 3 or 4 zones (e.g., left side of keys = zone 1, middle keys = zone 2, right side of keys = zone 3, space bar = zone 4).
- Have user input password by pressing different key combinations from zones 1-4
- Once password is entered, audio confirmation will indicate you are in (i.e., high pitch sound for correct password, buzz sound for wrong password entered).
Idea 2: Using Pressure Sensors on Sides of Device
- Install pressure sensors on sides of device where left and right sides will be divided into different zones / areas, for example:
Location Area
Left side - top 1
Left side - middle 2
Left side - bottom 3
Right side - top 4
Right side - middle 5
Right side - bottom 6
- Have user input password by pressing diff...