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Improving user input on small form factor devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245681D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 112K

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Abstract

The problem addressed by this invention is the lack of 'real estate' on small form factor devices such as smart watches which results in the inability to use current scrolling techniques to record user input. On tablets, phablets and smart phones there is enough screen real estate for the user to provide input by moving their finger over the screen (this equally applies to a desktop system using a mouse). Furthermore the rate of finger/mouse movement also translates into a higher rate of change for the selected input criteria e.g. advancing through days in a calendar. The issue with small form factor devices is that there is not enough room to either drag a finger/mouse pointer across the screen without lifting it off and moving it back to the start position again, or achieve enough velocity to provide the same range and rate of change as is possible with larger screens. The core idea of this invention is to divide the screen into areas, such that any form of interaction within that area will increment or decrement an associated value by a set amount.

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Improving user input on small form factor devices

The problem addressed by the system herein is the lack of 'real estate' on small form factor devices such as smart watches which results in the inability to use current scrolling techniques to record user input. On tablets, phablets and smart phones there is enough screen real estate for the user to provide input by moving their finger over the screen (this equally applies to a desktop system using a mouse). Furthermore the rate of finger/mouse movement also translates into a higher rate of change for the selected input criteria e.g. advancing through days in a calendar. The issue with small form factor devices is that there is not enough room to either drag a finger/mouse pointer across the screen without lifting it off and moving it back to the start position again, or achieve enough velocity to provide the same range and rate of change as is possible with larger screens.

    The system herein divides the screen into areas, such that any form of interaction within that area will increment or decrement an associated value by a set amount. This interaction can be in any form, such as swiping left, right, up, down or even circular motions, the point is that the value will change by the amount defined by the area within which the interaction takes place. Furthermore, each area can have a range by which a value will be changed corresponding to the velocity of the interaction.

    e.g. a simple example is to divide a smart watch screen into two areas A and B where interaction with area A increment...