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3DOS - Depth and Z-Axis Modifications based on Resources within a Three Dimensional Operating System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180679D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 219K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Today with many operating systems in order to view the memory usage and performance data a user may use another application that shows the statistics. With Microsoft Windows, the primary application is the Task Manager. While this provides a way for users to see which applications are using the most resources, most users do not have the Task Manager open at all times. With the addition of a new 3-Dimensional operating system such as the one described in a number of patents by Apple below, there is a new opportunity for a visual representation of memory and other resource usage. This disclosure describes the details on how such a visual representation can be implemented. Disclosed is a System and Method to use depth and z-axis modifications to represent resource usage within a multi-dimensional operating system.

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3DOS - Depth and Z-Axis Modifications based on Resources within a Three Dimensional Operating System

Background and Problem Solved

Today with many operating systems in order to view the memory usage and performance data a user may use another application that shows the statistics. With Microsoft Windows, the primary application is the Task Manager. Below are screen shots of the "Processes" and "Performance" tabs within the Task Manager application.

While this provides a way for users to see which applications are using the most resources, most users do not have the Task Manager open at all times. With the addition of a new 3-Dimensional operating system such as the one described in a number of patents by Apple below, there is a new opportunity for a visual representation of memory and other resource usage. This disclosure describes the details on how such a visual representation can be implemented.

Disclosed is a System and Method to use depth and z-axis modifications to represent resource usage within a multi-dimensional operating system.

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Implementation
User interacts with their operating system as usual.


1.

User decides to view the resource usage.

2.

A.

any of the following:
Right Clicking > View Visual Resource Usage


I.

Method to View Resources - user may indicate which resources to view by using

II.

Rotating the view of the OS to have another axis visible: (note: rotating may

Double Clicking a Window

III.

be accomplished in a number of ways as described in the known art)
Ex: z-axis


a.

top view

b.

bottom view

c.

right view

d.

etc.

IV.

Pressing a button. For example, an icon might be on the desktop to begin the

e.

Drawing a box around the applications of interest

V.

resource visualization process.

Type of Resources - may include the following:

B.

I.

Memory usage

II.

time usage

battery power usage

III.

partition

IV.

space

V.

sound usage

VI.

network usage

VII.

etc.

3.

of how resource usage may be shown with regards to a 3D space.

  VIII.
3D Display of Resource Usage - The following methods are exemplary embodiments

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Visual Indication of Resource Usage


A.

I.

Depth of application icon/object/window: Thicker application visual indication

means that it takes up more resources. Conversely, the thinner it appears, then the less resource intensive it is.

Depth of the shadow or reflection of the application icon/object/window.

II.

Similar to above, except there would include a resource shadow.Colorization of the application icon/object/window: Turns red if it's dangerously taking up more resources that it should whereas green may indicate normal/expected behavior.

Rotational Rate - Spinning icon/object/window: The icons of the running

III.

applications might spin along the X,Y, or Z axis. The faster it spins, the more resources it is co...