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Macro Swap Gesture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249403D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

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Justin Mockler: INVENTOR

Abstract

The SmartBar allows customers to replace physical macro buttons on the side of the keyboard with embedded macro buttons on the spacebar using a capacitive sensors. However, the current maximum number of zones for SmartBar is limited to five. Research has shown that it is a very difficult task to hit a specific zone within the 5-zone configuration when prompted due to the size of the touch zones. Over time, our recommendation might be to decrease the current maximum macro zones. Current gaming keyboards usually have five physical macro buttons and some, such as the Logitech G series, has up to 9 physical macro buttons. The invention is to use swipe gestures to swap between different sets of macros, replacing the current functionality of the SmartBar swipes that provide only an additional two macros. This will allow us to stay competitive with the current needs of the market by replacing our 4-5 maximum SmartBar swipe zones with a seemingly infinite number.

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Macro Swap Gesture Justin Mockler

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Macro Swap Gesture

1. Inventor(s): Justin Mockler

2. Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA

3. Short Summary

The SmartBar allows customers to replace physical macro buttons on the side of the keyboard with

embedded macro buttons on the spacebar using a capacitive sensors. However, the current maximum

number of zones for SmartBar is limited to five. Research has shown that it is a very difficult task to hit

a specific zone within the 5-zone configuration when prompted due to the size of the touch zones. Over

time, our recommendation might be to decrease the current maximum macro zones. Current gaming

keyboards usually have five physical macro buttons and some, such as the Logitech G series, has up to 9

physical macro buttons. The invention is to use swipe gestures to swap between different sets of macros,

replacing the current functionality of the SmartBar swipes that provide only an additional two macros.

This will allow us to stay competitive with the current needs of the market by replacing our 4-5

maximum SmartBar swipe zones with a seemingly infinite number.

4. Some Problems Solved

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

There are other hardware solutions that could work, including having a larger spacebar area or a toggle

switch to go between different sets of macros. However, the software solution is intuitive and replaces

the swipe macros that have an upper limit of two with a seemingly infinite number of them. Also, we’re

hiding the swipe macro options behind the pre-programmed actions menu, so usage of the swipe macro

feature will likely be lower.

Some other advantages are that it allows a player to have different macro sets for a specific game

without having to Alt-Tab and switch profiles during the game. It also allows for better situational

macro usage since players can have separate macro sets per profile depending on what they’re doing.

5. General...