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System and apparatus for teaching gesture movement on mobile device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219136D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 138K

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Disclosed are a system and apparatus for teaching gesture movement on a mobile device. The system uses vibrations generated by small motors installed in the device to emulate a gesture for a particular task.

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System and apparatus for teaching gesture movement on mobile device

Gesture capability is becoming more popular and prevalent in the mobile space. A method is needed to help blind, sight-challenged, or new users understand and use the gesture capabilities for a specific application. This would reduce the time to learn and improve their ability to use the phone and its applications.

Prior art:

• Controlling devices' behaviors via changes in their relative locations and... [1] This patent application teaches a device's behavior changing based on gestures from the user. It does not teach teaching the user various gestures.

• Gesture learning. [2] This patent application teaches support for gesture learning by providing various visual information, such as an animated path, color tracks, and so on. It does not teach a vibrating path that a blind person could detect by feel.

The proposed invention adds motors, similar to those used by devices for producing vibrations, which simulate the gesture so the user can feel the correct movement for a particular instruction. This is similar to the way four speakers placed in the corners of rooms are used to provide "surround sound". A series of motors, placed on a device and controlled via software, emulates the motion of a device as the user gestures upon it. A sight-impaired user who is holding the device as this emulation is taking place, feels the motion of the device and better understands the expected gesture. The user could have the movements produced as many times as they needed. An option to test the movement could be provided,...