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Temporarily disable auto-rotate using continuous touch screen while rotating the device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242161D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 18K

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Abstract

We discuss mobile devices that can rotate the display to be either in portrait or landscape mode, and a novel way to temporarily disable the rotation. In such devices, many times the viewer doesn?t want the device to auto-rotate the screen display when the device is physically rotated, for example when the user is lying in bed on the side, holding the device in landscape mode relative to the eyes but in a portrait mode relative to earth. The disclosure suggests a way to temporarily disable the auto-rotate ? without switching off the auto-rotate function ? only for the specific current display, by touching the screen continuously while physically tilting it ? as if holding the content and preventing it from rotating ? and releasing the touch when finished tilting the device.

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Temporarily disable auto - device

The disclosure deals with mobile devices (mobile smart phones, tablets) that can rotate the display to be either in portrait or landscape mode.

    In these devices, when the device is on an auto-rotate mode (i.e., the auto-rotate function is enabled) - which happens often - many times the viewer doesn't want the device to auto-rotate the screen display when they physically rotate the device. For example, the user views a picture or a web site in portrait mode, and tilts the device's physical position to a landscape mode, but wants the display to remain as is and not auto-rotate (for example because the user is lying in bed on the side, holding the device in landscape mode relative to the eyes but in a portrait mode relative to earth - which is how the position is interpreted by the physical sensors of these devices).

    One current way to solve the problem - i.e., to prevent the auto-rotation - is to switch the auto-rotation function off, but this is uncomfortable and needs to be switched back on afterwards.

    We suggest a way to temporarily disable the auto-rotate - without switching off the auto-rotate function - only for the specific current display (e.g., the specific picture or web site).

The solution we suggest is a simple one: when the user wants to temporarily prevent auto-rotation, they should do touch the screen continuously while physically tilting it - as if holding the content and preventing it from rotating - and release t...