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Auto-scroll for touch screens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236146D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

Auto-scroll for touch screens

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Auto-scroll for touch screens

With touch screen devices there are several existing methods of auto-scrolling. These involve a swipe to set the speed of the scroll which gradually reduces until the page stops, or some touch screens even auto scroll based on the tilt of the device.

For example:

    
Auto Scroll for Chrome http://download.cnet.com/Auto-Scroll/3000-33362_4-75118889.html

which describes auto-scroll but uses preconfigured speed settings. It does not learn based on a user gestures.

    US 6690387 B2 Touch-screen image scrolling system and method http://www.google.com/patents/US6690387
describes the deceleration of auto-scrolling after a swipe, which is now the standard way of auto-scrolling on touch screens.

    These auto scroll technologies rely on pre-configuration, and they rely on the user having to continually swipe the screen to scroll through a long page.

    The specific problem addressed in the article herein is how to auto-scroll through long web or document pages on touch screen devices without needing to repeatedly swipe/flick.

    Flick Scrolling
http://simurai.com/post/31460815120/flick-scroll
describes a method which stops scrolling after just a short distance from where the user swiped.

The solution herein offers these key advantages:


The speed of the auto-scrolling is not preconfigured. It is based upon the average of a user's swipe speed over several swipes.

Once they system herein is auto scrolling then it is essentially hands free, until the screen is tou...