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A method or system to facilitate one hand mobile phone user interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236997D
Publication Date: 2014-May-26

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Abstract

With the rapidly growing size of mobile phone screen, it is not an easy task to interact with just one hand. In this disclosure, a new method is proposed to assist operation by using pivot and arrow line on screen.

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A method or system to facilitate one hand mobile phone user interaction

When someone uses mobile phone, he will usually use his left(or right) hand to hold and interact with the phone: use four fingers(except thumb) to get hold of the phone and use thumb to interact with the screen elements(eg, scrolling the page, clicking on a link or button and etc), see below picture.

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With the rapidly growing size of mobile phone screen, it is not an easy task to interact with just one hand: your thumb is not long enough to move to the UI elements that are on the other side of screen, and you have to use the other hand to help, which is not convenient at all. For example, it is not easy to click on the section circled with green with only one hand.

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In this disclosure, we will present a new method to enable mobile users to control screen elements easily with one hand. You can easily control the elements with the ideas presented by this idea. Please follow section three for the implementation details

1. Thumb stays at a point over a given threshold(eg, more than three seconds), the idea presented will be triggered like below: the screen will display a pivot and a short arrow line(refer below screen).

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2. Move thumb along the direction of the arrow line: if the moving direction is away from pivot, the line will be extended in...