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Touch and Pressure Sensitive Smart Device Interactions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241036D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-20
Document File: 6 page(s) / 277K

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Eric Faggin: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

As the smart device category grows, users struggle with ever smaller screen real estate. In the smart watch category in particular, using device means occluding one’s vision of the screen because of the need to interact with the touch screen. Some smart watches have introduced the concept of the digital crown to enable interaction without touching the screen, however, embedding touch sensing in the device such as in the bezel, or on the strap, may be preferable. Herein is proposed embedding touch sensing on the side or periphery of the device, and including pressure sensitivity for an enriched interaction. A set of gestures is also explored.

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Touch and Pressure Sensitive Smart Device Interactions

Touch and Pressure Sensitive Smart Device Interactions


1. Inventor(s): Eric Faggin and Mohamed Sheik-Nainar


2. Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA


3. Short Summary

As the smart device category grows, users struggle with ever smaller screen real estate. In the smart watch category in particular, using device means occluding one's vision of the screen because of the need to interact with the touch screen. Some smart watches have introduced the concept of the digital crown to enable interaction without touching the screen, however, embedding touch sensing in the device such as in the bezel, or on the strap, may be preferable. Herein is proposed embedding touch sensing on the side or periphery of the device, and including pressure sensitivity for an enriched interaction. A set of gestures is also explored.


4. Some Problems Solved

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

The problem of occlusion is tackled with this invention, substituting touchscreen interaction with an analogue to the more familiar interactions such as interacting with a dial or a knob. Smart device users should be able to use their device and see what is on the screen while they interact with it. It is proposed that embedding touch sensors on the side of the device opens up the screen space, and enriches interaction with an intuitive gesture set, and could possibly eliminate or reduce the need for a touchscreen. This can help UI designers to not worry about making targets bigger to support touch interaction and hence can effectively use the limited real estate of the display.


5. General Description

In some embodiments, the invention could simply be a 1-D flexible "scroll strip" with additional pressure sensors underneath to sense press. The sensor would be very narrow (less than ¼ in) and would need to be long enough to wrap around the circumference of a watch face. Alternatively, it could be long enough to fit along one side of a square or rectangular watch. The sensor would need to be capable of sensing multiple fingers.

There would need to be 2 or 4 force sensors opposite one another.

The gestures envisioned include:


1. Turn clockwise (see fig 1. below)

Copyright © 2015 Synaptics Incorporated, All Rights Reserved.

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Information contained in this publication is provided as-is, with no express or implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or non-infringement. Synaptics Incorporated assumes no liability whatsoever for any use of the information contained herein, including any liability for intellectual property infringement. This publication conveys no express or implied licenses to any intellectual property rights belonging to Synaptics or any other party. Synaptics may, from time to time and at its sole option, update the information contained herein without notice.

Eric Faggin


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