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Computing device and method for selecting display regions responsive to non-discrete directional input actions and intelligent content analysis

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Computing device and method for selecting display regions responsive to non-discrete directional input actions and intelligent content analysis


A computing device includes a display surface, a human interface feature, and processing resources. The human interface features enables a user of the computing device to enter a non-discrete directional input action. The processing resources execute to: (i) provide content on the display surface; (ii) detect the user performing the input action; (ii) determine a vector from the input action; and (iv) select a region of the display surface based on the vector.

Inventors: Matias DUARTE, Daniel Shiplacoff, Gregory Simon, Renchi Raju
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120317522 - Class: 715863 (USPTO) - 12/13/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >Gesture-based

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120317522, Computing device and method for selecting display regions responsive to non-discrete directional input actions and intelligent content analysis.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a Continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 12/347,873, filed Dec. 31, 2008, entitled “COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELECTING DISPLAY REGIONS RESPONSIVE TO NON-DISCRETE DIRECTIONAL INPUT ACTIONS AND INTELLIGENT CONTENT ANALYSIS”, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The disclosed embodiments relate to display interfaces for computing devices. More particularly, the disclosed embodiments relate to a computing device and method for selecting display regions responsive to non-discrete input actions and/or intelligent content analysis.

BACKGROUND

Computing devices, particularly handheld and portable devices, have evolved to include numerous types of human interface features. Among them, devices now incorporate touch-sensitive displays and sensors in order to enhance the human interaction with the device. Examples of sensors include accelerometers and proximity sensors, which detect information as to movement or where a computing device is being held.

Increasingly, devices are smaller and more intelligent. Thus, while the display size is limited, what can be shown on the relatively small display screens is increasingly more sophisticated. For example, mobile computing devices can routinely display web content, videos, and live television content from one display.

In addition to smaller size and increased processing, computing devices also enable more kinds of user input and actions. For example, gesture input is a type of input that is enabled on mobile computing devices that incorporate touch sensitive display screens. Other devices exist that can detect movement by the user, such as through the motion of arms or the hand.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a simplified block diagram architecture for enabling features for intelligent scrolling or navigation of display objects on a computing device, according to an embodiment.

FIG. 2 illustrates methods for using non-discrete input actions to select displayed content for re-display, according to embodiments.

FIG. 3A through FIG. 3C illustrates the transformation of a non-discrete directional input action of the user into a vector.

FIG. 4A and FIG. 4B illustrates a user-interface panel on which an embodiment for selecting portions thereof, in response to a non-discrete directional input action, is implemented.

FIG. 5 illustrates another user-interface panel on which another embodiment for selecting a display object in response to a directional input action is implemented.

FIG. 6 illustrates still another user-interface panel on which another embodiment for selecting a display object in response to a directional input action is implemented.

FIG. 7 illustrates a method for re-displaying a region of a display that incorporates selectable data items in excess of a designated criteria, according to an embodiment.

FIG. 8A and FIG. 8B represent user interface panels that are an implementation of an embodiment depicted in FIG. 7.

FIG. 9 illustrates a hardware diagram for a computing device that is configured to implement one or more embodiments.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Embodiments described herein enhance a user\'s ability to scroll or navigate displayed content on a computing device through use of non-discrete input from a user. In particular, one or more embodiments use logic or intelligence to enhance a user\'s ability to use non-discrete directional input actions to make selections of displayed content. As described, embodiments enhance the user\'s interaction with the computing device, by enabling selection of content in response to non-discrete input actions of the user.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120317522 A1
Publish Date
12/13/2012
Document #
13587248
File Date
08/16/2012
USPTO Class
715863
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/033
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