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Reactively Shifting Touch Input Elements For Easy Accessibility On Large Screen Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240438D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-30
Document File: 3 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for reactively shifting one or more touch input elements for easy accessibility on a wireless display device.

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Reactively Shifting Touch Input Elements For Easy Accessibility On Large Screen Devices

Disclosed is a method and system for reactively shifting one or more touch input elements for easy accessibility on a wireless display device. The one or more touch input elements can either be in hardware or software. The wireless display device can include, but need not be limited to, touch-enabled screens such as those on smartphones, tablet devices, kiosk displays in libraries, airports, conferences, remote controls and smart watches.

In an embodiment, responsive to a user interacting with the touch screen of the wireless display device, the method and system detects that the user's fingers cannot easily touch the location of a button on the touch screen of the wireless display device. The method and system is aware of the user's hand configuration on the display of the

wireless display device. For example, the method and system is aware that the user uses one hand in case of a smartphone and uses two hands in case of a tablet.

Based on the awareness, the method and system, initiates a trigger using at least one of , but not necessarily limited to, the user tilting the device in a particular way, pressing a hardware button, tap holding the screen, tap holding the screen and tilting the

wireless display device, pinching the display for the wireless display device without orientation awareness (such as in a kiosk that is being used by children or people in

wheelchairs or in car navigation displays etc.) and one or more voice commands in order to shift the one or more touch input elements.

Once the trigger is initiated, the method and system analyzes a current web page or application content on the wireless display device for one or more touch input elements such as, but not limited to, buttons or sliders that are out of reach for a current hand configuration. The method and system also determines one or more hardware buttons that are out of reach for the current hand configuration.

After determining the one or more touch input elements that are out of reach, the

method and system creates one or more new touch points for the determined one or more touch input elements in the desired positions. For example, the one or more desired positions may be on one side or the other for phones, or on one or both edges for tablets being held with both hands. The disclosed method and system pulls the one or more touch input elements like a rubber band to the corner or edges of the wireless display device. In the case of the one or more hardware buttons that are determined to be out of reach, the method and system creates one or more virtual buttons to be pulled to the corner or edges of the wireless display device.

Fig. 1 illustrates the touch screen of the wireless display device before the shifting of the one or more touch input elements.

Fig. 2 illustrates the touch screen of the wireless display device after the shifting of the

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