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Using Force Touch to Allow Special Character Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248776D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 97K

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Frederic Caldwell: INVENTOR

Abstract

Users can switch between standard characters and special characters on a touchscreen keyboard using force as a way to indicate the desire to switch between modes.

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Using Force Touch to Allow Special Character Selection Frederic Caldwell

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Using Force Touch to Allow Special Character Selection

1. Inventor(s): Frederic Caldwell

2. Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA

3. Short Summary

Users can switch between standard characters and special characters on a touchscreen keyboard using

force as a way to indicate the desire to switch between modes.

4. Technological advantages

Examples of some of the problems addressed by the invention include:

Users wishing to employ special characters such as accents, umlauts, etc. on modern smart devices need

to either switch over to a special menu or press longer on a key. This slows down their ability to type

quickly and fluidly, especially in languages where these special characters are commonplace.

Figure 1: Examples of special characters

Using Force Touch to Allow Special Character Selection Frederic Caldwell

Copyright © 2017 Synaptics Incorporated, All Rights Reserved. Page: 2 of 2

Information contained in this publication is provided as-is, with no express or implied warranties, including any warranty of

merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or non-infringement. Synaptics Incorporated assumes no liability whatsoever for any

use of the information contained herein, including any liability for intellectual property infringement. This publication conveys no express

or implied licenses to any intellectual property rights belonging...