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Whiteboard Type User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237953D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 163K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow a user to efficiently and dynamically make use of the screen view. The approach allows a user to select a part of the screen that is of no current use, and then insert a widget, which can be used to open another application, on the selected part of the same screen.

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Whiteboard Type User Interface

Viewing information on a screen, whether on a conventional desktop, a laptop, smart phone, or tablets, is a common activity that every user does multiple times in a day. However, the user does not have a strong control of the screen in view. Today, the user uses the screen to view content in an application from a source and then uses different features to view more information than what can be captured on the display device screen at one time. These features can vary from using back/forward buttons or page up/down buttons, swapping between tabs to view more information in the same application or swapping between application windows to view information from multiple applications. Some applications do allow more information to be captured with the use of frames - however this is also a static method of dividing the user display area.

Users may need to view information present in multiple screens within an application or present in multiple applications - all at the same time.

A display system is disclosed herein that makes use of widgets to open applications. In another aspect, respective widgets open respective applications on top of a base application widget, which gives the user a strong capability to view information from different applications on the same screen.

Fig. 1

As demonstrated in figure 1, application A is opened in a widget. The user then opens another widget on a selected area on top of the application A widget to open application
B. A similar process is followed to open application C in another widget. Thus, with the help of overlapping widgets, the user is able to see information from three applications on the same screen.

The base widget is application independent. That is, any application can be opened in the base widget and further applications can be opened in the overlapping widgets.

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Fig. 2

As demonstrated in figure 2, application B is opened in the base widget and application

A, D, E and F are opened in the overlapping widgets.

In another aspect, the overlapping widgets can be pinned or unpinned with respect to the base widget.

Fig. 3

As demonstrated in Figure 3 - right side, when the over lapping widgets are pinned to the base widget, then as the user scrolls down the application opened in the base

widget, the overlapping widgets are still visible on the display screen. If the overlapping

widgets are not pinned to the base widget (left side of Figu...