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System and method for selecting display contents and projecting to other device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234729D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables users to conveniently interact with multiple devices and viewing monitors from a single device. The system offers novel functionality for moving and sharing selected sections of content among multiple devices as well as utilizing communication between devices.

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System and method for selecting display contents and projecting to other device

It is quite common for users to interact with multiple devices, each with a separate, dedicated display. During the interaction with multiple devices, the user often has one device in closer proximity than the others are. The drawback is that to monitor or look at the other displays, the user must keep turning toward the other displays and then turn back to look at the nearest display. This requires too much back-and-forth motion between devices.

Other functions a user might want to utilize when working with multiple devices include (but are not limited to):


• Display a portion of content, showing on one device, on a second device


• Communicate between devices, such that the user can indicate topics/content of interest via the primary device and have the other devices return relevant content to the primary device for easy viewing; the user can then view content from all devices on the one, primary device


• Move a portion of the display from one device to another (using a single pointer device), as opposed to moving the whole window


• Secure a moved window in place, so that another user cannot move it again


• Allow multiple users to interact with many display devices

The novel contribution is a system that enables users to conveniently interact with multiple devices and viewing monitors from a single device, while minimizing the

back-and-forth motions and making portions of the visual contents from the other devices available to the designated primary device.

This system can display the contents of an application window on both the primary device and on a different display device, without having to move the original content

from its location. The user is able to select content and then designate the device on

which to display the content, and where to show it. The user can select multiple content items from a single source and display all selections on a single target display device. The user can select a single content item from a single source and then display it on multiple target display devices. The user can select multiple content items from a single source, and then display some on one set of target display devices and other content items on other target display devices.

The system can be implemented in a configuration of either multiple devices that communicate with each other or a configuration in which a user has multiple monitors connected to a single controller.

The system enables the user to switch between multiple displays using visual tracking. By storing a mouse position and the active window for each display, the visual tracking allows the user to easily return to the place where work was last done (i.e. pick up

where the work was left off). In the case of a single controller with an input device, the active portion of the current window is mirrored so the user can continue to look at the input device while inputting.

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