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Quick-View Screen Triggered by Accelerometer When Device is Picked Up to Show Summary of User-Specific Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130505D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 105K

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Abstract

Often on a mobile device, the user would like to check the status of certain pieces of information on their device. For example, they might want to know: - Date / time - # of messages / # of new messages - Today’s calendar and appointments - Latest news headlines - Status of dedicated 3rd party application In order for the user to do this today, they would have to pick up their device, enter the password (if security is turned on), find application on device ribbon, launch application, find the information, and then exit the application and lock the device when they are done. For example, if I want to find the latest NBA scores, I would need to do the following: - enter password to unlock device - go to my browser - go to wap.espn.com - scroll to page for NBA scores and load page - exit browser - lock device This is a cumbersome and slow process to follow if the user is only interested in some READ-ONLY info. Furthermore, by entering in all these applications, the processor and LCD and LED backlight is awakened, thereby consuming more power and reducing battery life. It would be nice if there is a means to quickly and efficiently check READ-ONLY information from applications from the device without consuming much power. The gist of this invention is to utilize the concept of a QuickView application. The QuickView application is a splash screen that appears before password screen is triggered. The QuickView application provides user with pertinent information from applications from their device. Features of the QuickView invention include: - Quickview provides an executive summary of key information on device (e.g., date/time, # messages, # new messages, calendar, today's appointments). - Quickview is activated by an accelerometer sensor when the user picks up the device or presses a key. - QuickView is a "read-only" application and consists of Main and Secondary Screens. - QuickView screens are customizeable and user-configurable to display different pieces of information. - While in screens, a "Next" key is provided to page through different QuickView screens. Once you reach the last screen, it will cycle back to the main QuickView screen. The "Next" key may be the "space bar" or "Convenience key." - QuickView application has an interface to other applications on device that is periodically updated. Figure 1 illustrates an example of different QuickView screens: - The main screen shows, date, time, number of messages and latest 5 messages. - The secondary screens can be switched by using "convenience key" ("space" + "1" for example) and should be user-configurable. - The secondary screens can be calendar with today's appointments, latest news headlines and weather forecast or application that doesn't require password entry (e.g., calculator application). - On the last Quickview screen, pressing the last Next or switched key will return the user to the main QuickView screen. Benefits of QuickView: - Users can have a read-only window into his device without having to entering password and going in to each individual application. - It reduces time to access information. - It provides better user experience. - It reduces power consumption and increases battery life. A sensor module detects hardware sensor motion and triggers the display renderer to bring up the QuickView screen. There is an interface module using a standard protocol (e.g., XML, text, etc) that enables QuickView application to periodically querying device application to update the different QuickView screens. A timer module controls the update interval. If the user presses any button other than the "Next" key, the device will go into normal operating mode by either bringing up the security screen if password is enabled or going directly to the device home ribbon screen if no password exists. Other features of this invention may have the QuickView application be intelligent enough not to trigger "QuickView" during periodic motion such as car driving or walking. For example, the timer module can be implemented with accelerometer (or other sensor) to only activate QuickView screen if there is prolonged period of activity or inactivity.

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QUICK-VIEW SCREEN

Quick-View Screen Triggered by Accelerometer When Device is Picked Up to Show Summary of User-Specific Information

Disclosed Anonymously

Often on a mobile device, the user would like to check the status of certain pieces of information on their device. For example, they might want to know:

  - Date / time

  - # of messages / # of new messages

  - Today’s calendar and appointments

  - Latest news headlines

  - Status of dedicated 3rd party application

In order for the user to do this today, they would have to pick up their device, enter the password (if security is turned on), find application on device ribbon, launch application, find the information, and then exit the application and lock the device when they are done.

For example, if I want to find the latest NBA scores, I would need to do the following:

  - enter password to unlock device

  - go to my browser

  - go to wap.espn.com

  - scroll to page for NBA scores and load page

  - exit browser

  - lock device

This is a cumbersome and slow process to follow if the user is only interested in some READ-ONLY info. Furthermore, by entering in all these applications, the processor and LCD and LED backlight is awakened, thereby consuming more power and reducing battery life.

It would be nice if there is a means to quickly and efficiently check READ-ONLY information from applications from the device without consuming much power.

The gist of this invention is to utilize the concept of a QuickView application. The QuickView application is a splash screen that appears before password screen is triggered. The QuickView application provides user with pertinent information from applications from their device.

Features of the QuickView invention include:

- Quickview provides an executive summary of key information on device (e.g., date/time, # messages, # new messages, calendar, today's appointments).

- Quickview is activated by an accelerometer sensor when the user picks up the device or presses a key.

- QuickView is a "read-only" application and consists of

Main

and Secondary Screens.

- QuickView screens are customizeable and user-configurable to display different pieces of information.

- While in screens, a "Next" key is provided to page through different QuickView screens. Once you reach the last scr...