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Search engine results displayed as screenshots in dynamic mosaic

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222464D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 141K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to display search results in an intuitive and visual format, using rectangular screen shots of the web pages that are more directly incorporated into the result set. The individual rectangles are part of a greater rectangular mosaic in which their position and size represent the relevance of a result. This result set is also dynamic and responds to the user’s interactions with it. The system then recalculates the relevance of the individual results, and rearranges them accordingly.

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Search engine results displayed as screenshots in dynamic mosaic

The textual and static display of search results is old and not directly intuitive for humans to parse and recognize, at least not as efficient as alternative methods.

These search results take up more space, causing the user to utilize many pages to find a correct result, which is time consuming and uses more computer resources.

The user might also have trouble identifying a correct result by looking at the name of a site, its Uniform Resource Locator (URL), and a small description (which might also be misleading or incorrect).

This invention presents an organizational feature that visually displays search results as rectangles within a larger mosaic. This visualization also incorporates a "flow" generated by interacting with the results. It rearranges the results based on the recalculated relevance, and is combined with the other features to provide a seamless interface to the user.

The novel ideas in the invention are:


• A user enters a query into a search engine, which then returns results displayed as several rectangular images instead of text.


• Returning each image as a screenshot of the pre-rendered web page of that result, and arranging them together into a single, larger rectangle, also based on search relevance


• Modifying the size of a returned search result based on its search relevance


• Modifying the position of a returned search result based on its search relevance


• Recalculating the value a returned search result's relevance to the search query and based on user interaction


• Modifying the size and position of a returned search result after recalculating its relevance as part of creating better "flow" with the interface


• Compiling additional search result images into a mosaic as part of creating better "flow" with the interface

The method is to enter a query into a search engine and receive the results comprised completely of screenshot images (as rectangles of the websites returned), arranged in a single, carefully proportioned, dynamic rectangle.

This method uses more densely packed data focused for use by humans. These images are descriptive of the web page the user wants to find. The system responds to the user, using only minimal effort to scan the results. This takes extra work away from the user by presenting the results in a fashion which the user can naturally respond to.

A more relevant search result is farther to the top-left corner, and is bigger relative to the other images, with the others following to the right, and below continuing the pattern with diminishing relevance.

Figure 1: The images can be oddly shaped, in order to allow packing and greater

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relevance organization, which do not have strict columns or intervals to fit into the larger rectangle.

Figure 2: When a user views/inspects an image, the user must hover over the image with the mouse, or select the image by using the keyboard keys, and the...