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Gestures Utilizing a Combined Touchpad and Fingerprint Solution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250100D
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 542K

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Scott Poole: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

This disclosure encapsulates a method whereby the user can achieve a greater combination of Application and/or Website launch combinations for quickly opening and logging into secure applications and services. This disclosure also provides a method whereby a combined fingerprint and touchpad solution can offer passive mode fingerprint identification features while eliminating the risk of accidental activation while using the touchpad in normal mode.

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Gestures Utilizing a Combined Touchpad and Fingerprint Solution

1.   Inventor(s):       Scott Poole
                             Tyson Mikuni

2.   Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA, USA

3.   Short Summary

This disclosure encapsulates a method whereby the user can achieve a greater combination of Application and/or Website launch combinations for quickly opening and logging into secure applications and services.  This disclosure also provides a method whereby a combined fingerprint and touchpad solution can offer passive mode fingerprint identification features while eliminating the risk of accidental activation while using the touchpad in normal mode.

4.   Some Problems Solved

A commonly offered feature from fingerprint biometric software providers is the ability to map a particular application or website that requires user login to a user’s fingerprint.  If the user were to swipe the fingerprint sensor or place a finger on the fingerprint sensor (depending on that particular sensor’s mode of use) and at the time of the contact there was no authentication request pending by the operating system, the mapped application or website would launch and automatically log the appropriate user in.

However, out of the 10 possible finger mappings, only 6 fingers (three on each hand) are practical for mapping, with the pinky finger having poor motor control and the thumb being opposable,  This leaves 6 fingers (three on each hand) are practical for mapping.  If each of these fingers is assigned to a different application and/or website, this limits the number of applications and/or websites being launched to 6.

An additional problem addressed by this disclosure is that, when dealing with a combined solution, if one of the 6 mapped fingers were to appear on the fingerprint sensor unintentionally, an application or website would inadvertently be launched, detracting from the user experience.

5.   General Description

Figure 1.  F is for Fingerprint Sensor

In one implementation of this disclosure, the number of fingerprint based application or website launches can be expanded to 20 from 6.  In the implementation depicted in Figure 1, gestures are assigned with 2 directions to accompany placement of the finger over the sensor.  In the illustrated example, the first two gestures are a horizontal motion along the top edge, either starting on the fingerprint sensor and moving left to right, or ending on the fingerprint sensor moving right to left.  The second two gestures are a vertical motion along the left edge, either starting on the fingerprint sensor and moving top to bottom, or ending on the fingerprint sensor moving bottom to top. 

In one implementation, the number of gestures is only expanded to 20 instead of 24 in order to assign one fin...