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Method for Controlling Mobile Devices with One Hand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238803D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for controlling large or small screen mobile devices with one hand. The user holds the mobile device with one hand and with a finger of the same hand touches the back surface of the mobile device to interact with the device.

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Method for Controlling Mobile Devices with One Hand

There is a growing trend to increase the mobile device screen size. As a result, the larger mobile devices are more difficult for a user to operate with a single hand and often require two hands, whereby the user holds device with one hand and uses touch interface with other. The following diagram (Figure 1) depicts how mobile devices can be operated with one or two hands depending on the size of the device and the user's hand size.

Figure 1: Example of using mobile device with one hand or two

Although a larger screen size has many benefits, the problem is that the user has to hold the device with one hand and operate the device with another hand. No known solutions address this problem.

A method is needed to enable a mobile device user to operate a large screen mobile device with one hand.

The novel contribution is a method and system that enables a user to control large or small screen mobile devices with one hand. The user holds the mobile device with one hand and with one finger of the same hand touches the back surface of the mobile device to interact with the device.

A touch and proximity sensor interface is installed in the back side of the display. This identifies the position of the user's touch and finger orientation on the back side and accordingly displays the finger position on the front screen. As a user can visualize the finger position, the user can move the finger and identify which menu is selected. With this method, the user can select any application icon or menu, type text, create freehand drawings, etc. The user can also reposition the menu and keyboard to match individual preferences. For example, if a user is typing text, this feature allows the user to move the virtual keyboard to the top and type. The user can also visually perform drag and drop operations from the back side to front side.

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The system comprises the following components (prerequ...