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Controlling And Holding A Mobile Device With A Single Hand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241572D
Publication Date: 2015-May-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for controlling and holding a mobile device with a single hand.

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Controlling And Holding A Mobile Device With A Single Hand

For a user who is holding and controlling a mobile device with one hand, the method and system disclosed herein enables the user to touch or click on-screen icons or other objects that exist beyond easy reach of the fingers or thumb of that hand. This reduces difficulty of both controlling and holding the device with one hand, particularly for mobile devices with relatively large screens.

According to the disclosed system, an area on the mobile device screen is identified that is easy to touch with a finger or thumb of the gripping hand (herein, the "touchable" area). Selectable on-screen icons are then presented outside the touchable area, so that the icons are not under the thumb or finger of the user. A pointer is provided that moves outside the touchable area in response to movement of the thumb or finger inside the touchable area. The pointer may be semi-transparent so that it does not obscure the icons. It may be any convenient shape, including that of an arrow, an X, a cross, a thumb or a finger, for example.

Fig. 1 illustrates the touchable area (shown as "thumb arc zone") and illustrates movement of the pointer. In order to determine the transparent pointer movement, the device determines the size of the touchable area and the area outside the touchable area to determine their relative proportions, which the device may do via a component on the device or remote from the device. The device then moves the pointer outside the touchable area in corresponding proportion to movement of the thumb or finger inside the touchable area, so that the user may use the thumb or finger to more easily select among the icons located outside the touchable area.

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In one embodiment, until the user initiates an action to view the on-screen icons, the

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system hides the on-screen icons. The action may be one or more, but is not limited to,

wiggling the thumb, double touching or tapping the touchable area. For example, the user may double touch the touchable area to display the onscreen icons and activate the pointer. The user then moves a thumb/finger to move the pointer. In addition, the user may double touch or single touch the touchable area to hide the on-screen icons.

The pointer may move past the on-screen icons with a little movement of the thumb/finger on larger screen mobile devices. The method and system positions the icons at an appropriate distance from each other. The...