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A method to create on-demand transplantable interactive user tutorial

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247578D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-18

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This disclosure introduces a method about an on-demand transplantable interactive user tutoria. This method aims at instructing users of limited mobile or PC knowledge to use a specific application with prompts in the user interface of the application.

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A method to create on-demand transplantable interactive user tutorial

There is no denying the fact that the advent of mobile phones, with its original intention, enables an easier life. A second thought, however, plunges us into a dilemma that an easier life is well established but some of us get marginalized from it. And the very initiator of this inconvenient truth derives inevitably from the threshold set for users that a quick mind to learn and the presumed basic knowledge of electronic gadgets are essential to secure a good mastery over using various applications installed on mobile phones. This, indeed, forms a stumbling block for the beginners of mobile phones, the elderly people with poor memory, and slow minded users.

Usually, in these cases, we don't count on their ability to surf on the Internet for the answer because they even don't know how to do that. The only option they could have, if we rack our mind, is to turn to others for instructions.

For example, if a mother about 50 years' old wanted to look for a nice bag to purchase on the Internet but didn't have the slightest idea about what to do with the mobile phone, she was likely to phone her son for instructions. Then the son explained the steps orally and hang up. What happened next? Well, the mother started the application and felt at a loss over numerous buttons displayed on the page. She tried in vain to find the search button that the son told her because the version and the operating system between her phone and her son's are different (Figure 1 and Figure 2). Pathetic! This is something her son didn't realize. Even though the son realized the difference beforehand, he might not know himself where the search button is located exactly in another mobile phone with a different brand. The end of the story might not be a better one either. To make it worse, this mother has a poor memory and might forget about what was told. Therefore, the next time she wanted to purchase another item, she might have to experience again asking for help only to annoy her son. From whatever perspective, the mother did suffer a lot in her effort to use the application.


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Figure 1. Example, an OS of an App Figure 2. Example, another different OS of an App


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In this disclosure, a method about an interactive tutorial is proposed.

This method aims at instructing users of limited mobile or PC knowledge to use a specific application with prompts and instructions in the user interface of the application.


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Figure 3. Example prompt of clicking a button Figure 4. Example prompt of choosing a target

This method has the following advantages:


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Real-time operation and interaction: Users can interact with the tutorial and follow the exact steps as instructed on the application itself.

Reusability: The instruction can be easily shared with others and reused as many times as needed.

Compatibility: The interactive instruction is compatible wi...