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Provided is a technique which automatically displays a large set of selections in an automatically scrolling menu in order to overcome the difficulties of current menu and scrolling techniques.
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Spherical Menu Selector
Provided is a technique which automatically displays a large set of selections
in an automatically scrolling menu in order to overcome the difficulties of current
menu and scrolling techniques.
The user is provided with conventional menu and scrolling techniques. In
addition, the user is provided with a continuously rotating sphere. The surface of
the sphere contains a set of selections. Users can pick from the rotating set of
selections to achieve desired results. The user can perform many operations on
the spherical selector, e.g., move it, stop the rotation, show all selections at the
same time, etc. The spherical selector can be used as a compact menu. For
example, the sphere can contain icons which represent objects or program
menus. Selection of an icon results in opening the object or program
represented. The user can begin normal interaction with the object. When the
object is closed, it returns to the spherical selector.
The benefits to the user include new function, a continuously scrolling device,
reduced screen space for selection menus, increased usability and learning of
options, and reduced keystrokes for viewing options.