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A method to launch mobile apps intelligently based on tilting directions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244262D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-27
Document File: 8 page(s) / 347K

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Abstract

This article introduces a method for mobile users to quickly launch apps by tilting the mobile at an angle. The mobile detects the angle and determines the apps to launch based on the preset mapping from tilting directions to app categories. To launch the apps, users can choose one of the two modes: the automatic launching mode and the manual launching mode. The automatic launching mode selects the most frequently used app of the detected category and launches it. If it's not the app interested, the user shakes the mobile, and the next most frequently used app of that category is launched. The manual launching mode enables app icons to float on the screen like bubbles in the water. Icons of the detected category are floating to the opposite side of the titling direction, and meanwhile these icons, like the bubbles, are turning bigger and bigger as they float till they reach the side. Other icons are gradually sinking towards the titling direction and become smaller and blurred. Then the user manually selects the app from the big bubble apps, and launches it.

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A method to launch mobile apps intelligently based on tilting directions

When you're trying to launch an application on a phone, you probably scroll through several screens of tiny icons until you finally find the app you're looking for. Apart from this practice, to launch apps on the phone, you might search the app keywords, etc. However, all the known solutions to finding and launching apps are not efficient and user-friendly enough. When browsing the tiny icons, users are suffering trying to figure out the subtle differences between the tiny icons. Some icons look very similar in color and characteristic; a bunch of such icons look like a mess. It's also not convenient to find the apps by searching keywords, because for frequently used apps, to search is a repetitive manual work which is annoying, and for the majority of the apps installed on the phone that are for occasional use, users don't even want to remember the names of the apps. All they care about is what an app can do for them. Users don't want to care much about the app external details such as icon outlook and app names.

We introduce a method to launch mobile apps intelligently based on tilting directions. There are two phases to discuss, the detection phase and the launching phase. In the detection phase, you tilt your phone at an angle (away from you, towards you, off to one side, etc.). The phone detects the angle, and then determines the apps to launch based on the preset tilting direction & app category mapping. In the launching phase, there are two modes to launch the apps:

a) The automatic launching mode

b) The manual launching mode

The automatic launching mode selects the most frequently used app of the detected category and launch it. If it's not the app interested, user shakes the phone, and the next most frequently used app of that category is launched. The manual launching mode enables app icons to float on the screen like bubbles in the water. Icons of the detected category are floating to the opposite side of the titling direction, and meanwhile these icons, like the bubbles, are turning bigger and bigger as they float till they reach the side. Other icons are gradually sinking towards the titling direction and become smaller and blurred. Then user manually selects the app from the big bubble apps, and launch it.

This brings two benefits:

1. Release users' eyes from suffering trying to figure out subtle differences between tiny icons
2. Save time, especially for launching those frequently used mobile apps

There are two phases to discuss, the detection phase and the launching phase.

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1. Detection phase

In the detection phase, you tilt your phone at an angle (away from you, towards you, off to one side, etc.). It detects the angle, and then determines the apps to launch based on the preset tilting direction & app category mapping.

1.1 Detecting phone's tilting direction/angles

The implementation of detecting phone's tilting direction adapts...