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Presence Detection in Digital Cameras and Other Handheld Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131957D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-23
Document File: 11 page(s) / 1M

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Phil Acker: INVENTOR [+8]

Abstract

This is a summary of different methods of applying user presence detection, in the form of contact detection, user proximity detection, or motion detection, to improve the usability and functionality of digital cameras and other handheld devices.

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Presence Detection in Digital Cameras and other Handheld Devices

Invention Title: Presence Detection in Digital Cameras and Other Handheld Devices
1. Inventors

Phil Acker, Wendy Cheng, Kim D'Ewart, John Feland, Bjorn Hovden, Mandi Mena, Elaine Wherry, Renaud Amar

2. Synaptics Incorporated, Santa Clara, CA USA

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3. Short Summary

This is a summary different methods of applying user presence detection, in the form of contact detection, user proximity detection, or motion detection, to improve the usability and functionality of digital cameras and other handheld devices.

4. Description and Relevant Details of Inventions

There are many ways that presence detection can be used to enhance the experience of using a portable handheld device. Many of these can be useful with cameras, in particular. One example is the touch sensitive shutter.

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Presence Detection in Digital Cameras and other Handheld Devices

Figure 1. An illustration of the touch-sensitive shutter

Users very often want to share their last picture taken with others around them or navigate through previous photos. However, the last picture taken usually disappears within several seconds of taking it and the LCD goes back to showing what the camera is pointing it, requiring the user to switch modes to share the picture he or she just took.

The touch-sensitive shutter solves the problem of switching between picture-taking and navigation modes because the camera automatically shows the last picture taken unless the user is in a picture taking position, with their finger on the shutter. The target audience is anyone who likes to share their pictures easily with those around them and have a seemingly smarter and easier-to-use camera.

Copyright © 2005 Synaptics Incorporated, All Rights Reserved.

Information contained in this publication is provided as-is, with no express or implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or non-infringement. Synaptics Incorporated assumes no liability whatsoever for any use of the information contained herein, including any liability for intellectual property infringement. This publication conveys no express or implied lic...