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System and Method for Intelligently Highlighting Parts of a User Interface Currently in Use

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131880D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

This invention addresses two problems in operating the user interface (UI) on mobile devices: 1. The problem of the battery life. The LCD screen is one of the main users of the electrical energy, and when the display is fully lighted, the battery is drained quickly. 2. When user is presented with a lot of the information on the small screen, it is harder to find the relevant information (button/menu) since the screen is full. A proposed solution is to only highlight the area around the system focus. Depending on the application, the form of the area can be rectangular or oval or any other required shape. The lighting can be on any information (text, buttons, menu items, lists). The rest of the screen is still visible but much darker (not highlighted in the regular way). This way the LCD screen requires much less energy to operate, thus extending the bettery life . Furthermore, this type of the highligthing enables one to concetrate better on the information presented to the user, highlighting the parts which have high importance at that moment and leave the rest of the information in the "shadow", so the UI will appear less crowded. An additional measure can be that information which is in the "shadows" can have a smaller size, allowing for more room to zoom in in the highlighted area (gettting the focus) during user interaction.

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INTELLIGENT USER INTERFACE LIGHT MANAGEMENT

System and Method for Intelligently Highlighting Parts of a User Interface Currently in Use

Disclosed Anonymously

This invention addresses two problems in operating the user interface (UI) on mobile devices:

1. The problem of the battery life. The LCD screen is one of the main users of the electrical energy, and when the display is fully lighted, the battery is drained quickly.

2. When user is presented with a lot of the information on the small screen, it is harder to find the relevant information (button/menu) since the screen is full.

A proposed solution is to only highlight the area around the system focus. Depending on the application, the form of the area can be rectangular or oval or any other required shape. The lighting can be on any information (text, buttons, menu items, lists). The rest of the screen is still visible but much darker (not highlighted in the regular way). This way the LCD screen requires much less energy to operate, thus extending the bettery life .

Furthermore, this type of the highligthing enables one to concetrate better on the information presented to the user, highlighting the parts which have high importance at that moment and leave the rest of the information in the "shadow", so the UI will appear less crowded. An additional measure can be that information which is in the "shadows" can have a smaller size, allowing for more room to zoom in in the highlighted area (gettting the focus) during user in...