Swipe to Screen Share Network
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-08
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed are a method and system to initiate a screen sharing session with the gesture of dragging an application off the current viewport onto another. Users pass windowed applications from one user’s screen to another user's screen simply by clicking on the window and dragging it off the screen in a direction that relates to a different display connected to the network.
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Swipe to Screen Share Network
Screen sharing is often used to demonstrate ideas, rather than for collaborative working. Initiating a screen sharing session often requires all users to sign onto a web client. When a user wishes to share a screen, all other parties have to be notified, and the flow of the session is interrupted as steps are taken to get all users and applications aligned for screen sharing . The method for screen sharing often uses a cumbersome user interface (UI) and the setup time is enough to prevent users from sharing screens for short sessions.
A simpler and more user-friendly method is needed to enable screen sharing among users.
Multi-screen displays allow a user seamlessly slide applications from one monitor to the other; this invention builds upon that so that it can act with two displays that are not on the same hardware.
The novel contribution is a method and system to initiate a screen sharing session with the gesture of dragging an application off the current viewport in order to carry out an action. Users pass windowed applications from one user's screen to another user's screen simply by clicking on the window and dragging it off the screen in a direction that relates to a different display connected to the network.
Users can 'opt in' to a display to a network. When opted in, the user can click on a windowed application (e.g., a browser) and drag it in a particular direction off-screen. This initiates a screen sharing process with the associated user and enables the user to pass over a visual of the application running on the system. In addition to the visual, the user can also interact with the application. Once finished sharing the screen, the user can drag the window back to finish screen sharing.
This gesture to drag-off a screen to initiate screen sharing enables a user to precisely select the content for display as well as with
whom to share it. Because users opt into the network beforehand, asking permission for screen sharing is not necessary; the application may appear on the user's screen without a dialogue window appearing. This can be customized in the settings so that the second user can choose to accept or deny the screen sharing.
A user can recall an application midway through the screen sharing session, perhaps by clicking the application icon in the toolbar or interacting with the client, in the event that the other user does not return the application.
The system works via a client, preferably integrated into existing chat clients. Users sign into certain 'lobbies'. User can view and
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select where different sections of screens represent different users .
Figure: An example single-user setup. The user has a dual screen setup on the system to provide six different 'sides' to which to slide applications. The top of screen #2 is split for two different users. This shows that the invention can be used for a wide variance of people with whom to share.
The gesture can be calc...