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User Interaction with Electronic Device having Extended Display Regions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236153D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

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Patrick Worfolk: INVENTOR

Abstract

The commercialization of flexible display technology is allowing for novel new device designs. Mobile devices (phones, tablets, phablets, readers, convertibles, and other devices with displays) can be designed with display regions extending past the conventional “top surface” of the device. Curved display regions and display regions on the side of the device, and other new industrial designs, enable enhanced user interaction and communication with the device. Consequently, user input to the device through the use of touch technologies providing input in the extended display regions can provide a new level of interaction to a user. However accidental or non-intentional touches are a substantial problem even in “conventional” devices. Display regions extending to the sides or edges of the device will face similar if not more substantial and pronounced problems of accidental touch. Responding to user input (e.g. gestures) that start from the side portion of the display and continue to the main portion of the display, and vice versa, may help distinguish edge gestures from accidental contacts.

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Edge Wrap Gestures

User Interaction with Electronic Device having Extended Display Regions


1. Inventor(s): Patrick Worfolk

2. Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA


3. Short Summary

The commercialization of flexible display technology is allowing for novel new device designs. Mobile devices (phones, tablets, phablets, readers, convertibles, and other devices with displays) can be designed with display regions extending past the conventional "top surface" of the device. Curved display regions and display regions on the side of the device, and other new industrial designs, enable enhanced user interaction and communication with the device. Consequently, user input to the device through the use of touch technologies providing input in the extended display regions can provide a new level of interaction to a user. However accidental or non-intentional touches are a substantial problem even in "conventional" devices. Display regions extending to the sides or edges of the device will face similar if not more substantial and pronounced problems of accidental touch. Responding to user input

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Patrick Worfolk

Figure 1. Samsung prototype demonstrating curved OLED display


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Edge Wrap Gestures

(e.g. gestures) that start from the side portion of the display and continue to the main portion of the display, and vice versa, may help distinguish edge gestures from accidental contacts.


4. Some Problems Solved

Examples of some of the problems addressed by the invention include:

In order to take full advantage of display real estate in devices with displays that bend and/or wrap around an edge, we would like to extend the active touch area to fully cover the display. However, the side displays of devices are prone to accidental contact (e.g. by users gripping the device). By solving this problem through gestures and use cases that have low false activation, the user experience is enhanced.


5. General Description

The display region that wraps around the edge of a device can be used to communi...