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One method to switch to kid mode by finger touch width on mobile device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238158D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

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As many kids use adults' mobile devices often for entertainment, from both kid health and security perspective, so a smart way to enable kid mode is very important. As finger width is one important characteristic to distinguish kids and adults, so this invention is to use finger witdth detection to switch to kid mode if a kid is using the mobile device.

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One method to switch to kid mode by finger touch width on mobile device


Mobile devices with touch screen are essential to people's daily life. Very small kids use parents' mobile devices often also for entertainment. From kids health perspective, kids should not use mobile devices for a long time. And also, some settings or applications should not be accessed by kids. How to detect a kid is using the device and switch to kid mode? A smart way detect the current user is kid and enable kid mode is very important.

Known solutions:

There are many mobile apps for kid mode. If the app is opened, then kid access will be limited.

User need to turn on the app manually. The app can not be turn on automatically once a kid starts to use the mobile device.

Core idea: As adults' finger is fatter than kids' finger. This method can identify that the user is kid by detecting the finger width, and then the mobile device switch to kid mode.

Advantage: This method can switch to kid mode automatically once a kid start to touch the mobile device by finger.

1. User register a finger width in the device, and also the device will calculate the average finger width for the user after using the device for a while. The average finder width will be stored as a setting in the mobile device.

2. Mobile device start to calculate the average touch finger width once it is activated.

3. Compare the calculated finger width with the registered finger width. If the difference is up to a thre...