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Dynamic Split Keyboard Operations on Both Sides of Transparent Display Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242095D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 256K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a software solution for the dynamic repositioning of a split keyboard on both sides of a touch transparent display based on the user's in-hand holding pattern. This enables the most efficient method for the user to type or view content.

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Dynamic Split Keyboard Operations on Both Sides of Transparent Display Mobile Device

Smart devices dramatically vary in size. As a result, handling smart devices requires different methods for different tasks, such as viewing content and typing, which can further vary depending on the length of content to be viewed or typed. Traditionally, when user input is required, the device displays a keyboard at the bottom of the screen. When the user turns the device to the landscape position (i.e. sideways), the keyboard also turns to remain at the bottom of the screen. Depending on the application, the keyboard might show different options since, usually, devices are of rectangular shape and more space is available in a landscape vs. a portrait orientation.

Some applications and devices offer the option of a split keyboard when more screen space is available, such as when the user turns the device sideways. In some cases, it might be easier to type on a split keyboard; however, for the most part, the user is still limited to typing with thumbs. As this is still just one finger from each hand, it might not be the most efficient method.

Transparent displays are rapidly becoming more popular on smart devices. Transparent displays can be touch sensitive on both sides, offering the potential for expanding and redefining the way users interact with these devices.

Current split keyboards for smart mobile devices are designed for input from, mostly,

just one or two thumbs. In all cases, input is expected to come from just one direction at time on the device (i.e. front or backside keyboard). This type of input method is sufficient for some users for scenarios in which the input content is relatively short, but not for longer content streams that require more typing. A method is needed to address these limitations and expand the usefulness of the transparent keyboard.

The novel contribution is a software solution that monitors the user's in-hand holding pattern of a device and then displays a virtual split keyboard on both sides of a transparent device, so that a user can type with both hands, as is deemed the most efficient method. The main points of novelty include the abilities to:


 Calculate the optimal, most efficient way to split and place the keyboard sections on each side of the transparent display based on the user's in-hand holding pattern and the specific application task


 Dynamically reposition a keyboard on both sides of a touch-enabled transparent display based on the user's in-hand holding pattern


 Detect whether the user's holding position pattern is suited for one or two hands, as well as the relative location of each typing finger, in order to place, merge and/or split a dual-sided keyboard to match the holding pattern and specific application task

The novel solution utilizes software installed in the device that:

1. Determines the positioning of the user's hands and fingers (i.e. in-hand holding pattern)

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