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Method for a scroll finger Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010810D
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 308K

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Disclosed is a method for a scroll finger. Benefits include improved user satisfaction.

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Method for a scroll finger

Disclosed is a method for a scroll finger. Benefits include improved user satisfaction.


        � � � � � The disclosed method is a scroll finger. It is an inexpensive means of providing intuitive scrolling controls on a mobile device that uses standard scroll bars and a touch screen (see Figure 1).

        � � � � � A mechanical finger is attached to a slot in a bezel so that it can be depressed, causing a touch event within the scroll bar region of a maximized application.

        � � � � � This touch event (on a touch screen) causes the same reaction as a mouse click. If the scroll bar is under the touch point, the bar does not move. Otherwise, the scroll bar is positioned incrementally towards the touch point. If the finger is repeatedly activated, the scroll bar moves incrementally until it is centered under the touch point. This method enables tap scrolling with the scroll finger.

        � � � � � When the scroll bar is under the touchpoint, the finger may be pushed along its slot to provide physical control of the scrolling function. Scroll fingers may be horizontal and/or vertical. No electronics or software is required to implement scroll fingers.

        � � � � � Scroll fingers may be designed for user adjustment to handle variations in taskbar settings and personal preferences.

        � � � � � With the addition of software and/or hardware enhancements, the scroll finger can be used for unmaximized applications that contain focus areas. Other very robust functions can a...