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A method of creating interactive desktop cameras for higher productivity Disclosure Number: IPCOM000208814D
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

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A method is disclosed that allows views to be generated from the applications running on a user's system. All key parts of an application are abstracted to a view, allowing the rest of the application to be hidden from the user, reducing on-screen clutter.

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A method of creating interactive desktop cameras for higher productivity

The method disclosed is a combination of software and operating system hooks that will allow the user to abstract the view of any open computer desktop, or application. By abstracting the view, the method disclosed allows the user to select regions in their applications that they are interested in and then create a new window showing a live and interactive version of whatever the user has selected. The method disclosed then allows the user to decide what happens with the original window, minimizing it or keeping on another desktop, or even closed. The user would then continue to interact with the application using the new window that the method disclosed has created, interacting with it as if it was part of the full original representation. Both of these windows are looking at the same thing, so a change seen in one window will also be reflected in the other. In this way, these windows can be seen as views onto a single model, in the MVC sense, where the single model is a further view in another MVC pattern.

    The method disclosed solves the problem of the annoyance of having a cluttered computer desktop. People often require multiple different programs to be running simultaneously, and each of these takes up a portion of screen real estate. The problem is that users don't need the entirety of a window to be open if they are only looking at a very small part of that window. This problem is exacerbated in a situation where the user wishes to view two small, but distinct areas of the same window. The user is forced to put up with having the main window sized large, so as to encompass both areas. Further to this, consider the situation where a user only cares about a specific portion of some window. For example on a web browser they may only care about the portion of the page which states "Status : Shipped" so they can determine the status of their web order, or in an email program the "10 new emails" section to determine how many new emails have arrived.

    The method disclosed allows users to create windows of variable size, shape and use. It also means the user only gets the screen updates for the sections of screen that they are interested in. It also means the user can get more of the information which matters on screen simultaneously. This means people can be more productive on portable devices or where secondary screens may not be available. Portable devices tend to have smaller screens, and less power. With this method disclosed the user can continue working efficiently with up to date knowledge of applications without having to consume the entire display to see the information required. This is particularly useful if the user is not interested in directly interacting with an application, but still wants to be able to see it. Another example is if multiple documents are open for reference, but only certain paragraphs in the document are of interest.