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Repeated Keystroke Slide Gesture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241038D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 35K

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Raymond A. Trent: INVENTOR

Abstract

Users are allowed to configure a space bar to send user or application defined keystrokes of their choice when a slide gesture is detected. In some embodiments, the invention is for use with a space bar, or other key or button, that can detect where a user is touching the space bar. Touch detection may be implemented using a variety of techniques including capacitive sensing. Additionally, in some embodiments, movement or sliding of a finger may be detected without detecting the absolute location of a finger on the space bar. In some embodiments, the keystrokes are transmitted repeatedly proportionally to the distance or speed moved along the space bar.

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Repeated Keystroke Slide Gesture

Raymond A. Trent

Repeated Keystroke Slide Gesture


1. Inventor(s): Raymond A. Trent

2. Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA


3. Short Summary

Users are allowed to configure a space bar to send user or application defined keystrokes of their choice when a slide gesture is detected. In some embodiments, the invention is for use with a space bar, or other key or button, that can detect where a user is touching the space bar. Touch detection may be implemented using a variety of techniques including capacitive sensing. Additionally, in some embodiments, movement or sliding of a finger may be detected without detecting the absolute location of a finger on the space bar. In some embodiments, the keystrokes are transmitted repeatedly proportionally to the distance or speed moved along the space bar.

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Repeated Keystroke Slide Gesture


4. Some Problems Solved

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

In some cases, users desire to auto-repeat keys rapidly. For example, a game player may desire to auto- repeat keys because this is useful in optimizing their performance in certain games. Typical ways for repeating keys may have drawbacks such as dedicating a key that might be inconvenient or used for something else, or having timeouts that decrease performance. This invention provides a way to avoid both problems.

This invention discloses the sending of repeated keystrokes based on sliding on a position-sensing key within a keyboard that normally sends a keystroke when pressed.


5. General Description

In some embodiments, the user could configure this invention individually for each game, setting a keystroke that this gesture would repeatedly send as they performed a slide gesture on the space bar. A gesture detector would distinguish normal typing on the space bar from a slide gesture. When the slide gesture was detected, the selected key would be sent each time the motion reached a threshold.

For example, if the user touches and slides a certain distance on the space bar, a "b" key is sent according to one embodiment. In an example embodiment, that distance may be 1mm. Each time the finger slides an additional 1mm, an additional "b" key would be sent. This allows send...