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Enhanced browsing and selection for media devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131715D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-16
Document File: 4 page(s) / 2M

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Krispin Leydon: INVENTOR

Abstract

Enhanced media experiences, such as browsing and selecting TV stations, video collections, songs, and radio stations, can be achieved via a variety of different methods. Described here are: . "Parabolic Jukebox": A touch screen interface system for a musical jukebox utilizing magnified representations of albums enhances user browsing and selection. . "Lane-Changing Shuffle": When a song ends on one station, the radio switches to another station where a song is just beginning. . "Sonic Browsing": Each radio station/genre can be associated with an identifying sound. When the user is moving through a list of stations/genres in succession, each station/genre can announce its identity to the user via auditory means. . "Pitch and Instrument Changes": Different genres can be represented by distinct types of sounds (e.g. different musical instruments) and different stations within a genre can be represented by varying that sound (e.g. by varying pitch). This enables communication of genre and station based on sound alone (such as by the instrument and pitch of the instrument).

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Enhanced browsing and selection for media devices Krispin Leydon

Enhanced browsing and selection for media devices

1. Inventor(s): Krispin Leydon

2. Synaptics Incorporated, Santa Clara, CA, USA

3. Short Summary

Enhanced media experiences, such as browsing and selecting TV stations, video collections, songs, and radio stations, can be achieved via a variety of different methods. Described here are:

* "Parabolic Jukebox": A touch screen interface system for a musical jukebox utilizing magnified representations of albums enhances user browsing and selection.

* "Lane-Changing Shuffle": When a song ends on one station, the radio switches to another station where a song is just beginning.

* "Sonic Browsing": Each radio station/genre can be associated with an identifying sound. When the user is moving through a list of stations/genres in succession, each station/genre can announce its identity to the user via auditory means.

* "Pitch and Instrument Changes": Different genres can be represented by distinct types of sounds (e.g. different musical instruments) and different stations within a genre can be represented by varying that sound (e.g. by varying pitch). This enables communication of genre and station based on sound alone (such as by the instrument and pitch of the instrument).

4. General Description

In one embodiment of the "Parabolic Jukebox," a touch screen displays a representation of music selections as a virtual shelf of albums with their spines facing the user. When the user approaches and touches a particular album, the album's on-screen representation magnifies horizontally, and information about the album (cover art, song names etc) appears and songs within that album become selectable within this magnified representation. Albums next to the touched album also appear magnified, but less so than that of the one closest to the touch; the magnification decreases with distance away from the touched album. As the user moves the user's finger laterally towards another album, the center of magnification changes accordingly.

This approach allows many albums to appear on the virtual shelf without sacrificing the possibility of viewing details for each particular album - or forcing the user to "step into" a hierarchy of discrete options.This approach would also benefit strongly from Synaptics' clear capacitive position sensing (ClearPadTM) technology ( www.synaptics.com ). The magnification technology could be implemented as something similar to the "parabolic display" developed by Romano Rao et al. at Xerox PARC.

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