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Patent Issued for Mobile Electronic Device Wrapped in Electronic Display

February 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Tseng, Erick (San Francisco, CA), filed on May 14, 2013, was published online on February 4, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8644885, is Google Inc. (Mountain View, CA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile communication devices allow users to make telephone calls, receive email, browse the World Wide Web, listen to audio content, and view video content. Users select applications to view content using various user interface mechanisms including, but not limited to, roller balls, keyboards, and touch screen displays. Some mobile communication devices have multiple regions for user input, such as a separate keyboard and numeric keypad. The numeric keypad can be used to input numbers, for example, allowing a user to make telephone calls, while the keyboard allows the user to input text, for example, to send email and text messages and/or browse the World Wide Web.

"Users can customize mobile communication devices by changing settings in the mobile communication device. Mobile communication devices include a primary display screen on a portion of the mobile communication device. Content displayed on the primary display screen can be changed by a user. For example, a user can select to display shortcuts on the primary display screen for applications they frequently use. Interface mechanisms, such as roller balls and keyboards allow a user to select from the shortcuts displayed on the primary display screen. Users can program buttons on mobile communication devices to activate different applications. Some mobile communication devices allow users to take pictures which can be sent to other mobile devices or used as wallpaper on the primary display screen of the mobile communication device."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "This document describes systems and techniques for substantially wrapping a mobile electronic device in a display. In general, in one aspect, a mobile electronic device is described that includes a housing and a flexible electronic graphical display. The housing defines a substantially flat front surface, a substantially flat back surface opposed to the front surface and four sides that connect the front surface to the back surface. The flexible electronic graphical display forms an exterior surface of the housing and extends continuously from the front surface to the back surface and across one of the side surfaces, so as to form a U-shaped profile when viewed from an edge of the electronic display. The flexible electronic display has an outer surface from which information that is generated on the display can be seen, that is convex around the one side surface. The flexible electronic display is operable to pan an on-screen entity in a continuous animation from the front surface of the device to the back surface.

"Implementations of the mobile electronic device can include one or more of the following features. The flexible electronic display can extend continuously in a band having first and second ends fully around a periphery of the housing. The mobile electronic device can further include a display controller programmed to advance an animation around the periphery of the housing and to roll the animation from the first end to the second end without substantial visual interruption.

"The mobile electronic device can further include one or more motion sensors mounted in the housing and connected to cause a display controller to change a manner in which content is displayed on the flexible electronic display in response to sensed motion of the device.

"The flexible electronic graphical display can be configured as a touch screen user input mechanism operable to receive user input from substantially the entire flexible electronic display. In some implementations, the flexible electronic graphical display includes a flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) display and in other implementations, the flexible electronic graphical display includes a flexible electronic ink (e-ink) display.

"In general, in another aspect, another mobile electronic device is described including a primary display, a primary user input mechanism, and a secondary display. The primary display is operable to display user-selectable elements and has a face on a portion of an exterior surface of the mobile electronic device, where the exterior surface includes all surfaces visible to a user. The primary user input mechanism is operable to receive user selections in coordination with the primary display of user-selectable elements. The secondary display is operable to display content to a user, where the secondary display includes substantially the entire exterior surface of the mobile electronic device excluding the primary display.

"Implementations of the mobile electronic device can include one or more of the following features. The primary user input mechanism can be a touch screen user input mechanism. The mobile electronic device can further include one or more user input controls located on the exterior surface, wherein the secondary display excludes surfaces of the one or more user input controls. The one or more user input controls can include one or more of the following: a button, a keyboard key, a roller ball or a switch. The secondary display can be further operable to display user-selectable elements, and the mobile electronic device can further include a secondary user input mechanism operable to receive user selections in coordination with the secondary display of user-selectable elements.

"The secondary user input mechanism can be a touch screen user input mechanism operable to receive user input from substantially the entire secondary display. The secondary user input mechanism can further include one or more touch sensitive user controls located on the exterior surface of the mobile electronic device. The secondary user input mechanism can be operable to automatically activate a telephone application included in the device in response to receiving user input indicating a user is holding the exterior surface of the device in a manner consistent with using the telephone application. The secondary display can be a flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) wrapped around that portion of the exterior surface of the mobile electronic device forming the secondary display. In another example, the secondary display can be a flexible electronic ink (e-ink) display wrapped around that portion of the exterior surface of the mobile electronic device forming the secondary display.

"The content displayed on the primary display can be interactive with content displayed on the secondary display. The primary display and the secondary display can be operable to display content at a first time on the primary display and at a second time on the secondary display, providing for a continuous scrolling of the content around multiple exterior faces of the mobile electronic device.

"In general, in another aspect, a computer-implemented method for displaying elements on displays of a computing device is described. User-selectable elements are displayed on a primary display that is located on a portion of an exterior surface of a mobile electronic device. Content is displayed to the user on a secondary display including substantially an entire exterior surface of the mobile electronic device excluding the primary display region.

"Implementations of the method can include one or more of the following features. User input can be received through a primary user input mechanism operable to receive user selections in coordination with the primary display of user-selectable elements. User input can be received through a secondary user input mechanism operable to receive user selections in coordination with the secondary display of content, where the content includes user-selectable elements.

"The secondary user input mechanism can be a touch sensitive user input mechanism. User input can be received through the secondary user input mechanism indicating the user is holding the mobile electronic device. Based on the user input, the user can be determined to be holding the mobile electronic device in a manner consistent with the user using a telephone application. A telephone application can be automatically activated in response to the determination.

"Content can be displayed on the primary display at a first time and on the secondary display at a second time such that the content is displayed continuously scrolling around multiple exterior faces of the mobile electronic device.

"In general, in another aspect, another mobile electronic device is described including an exterior surface, being all surfaces visible to a user of the mobile electronic device, a flexible electronic graphical display and a user input mechanism. The flexible electronic graphical display is operable to display user-selectable elements, where the display includes substantially the entire exterior surface of the mobile electronic device. The user input mechanism is operable to receive user selections in coordination with the display of user-selectable elements.

"Implementations of the mobile electronic device can include one or more of the following features. The display can include a flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) wrapped around that portion of the exterior surface of the mobile electronic device forming the display including multiple faces and edges of the mobile electronic device. In other implementations, the display can include a flexible electronic ink (e-ink) display wrapped around that portion of the exterior surface of the mobile electronic device forming the display including multiple faces and edges of the mobile electronic device. The user input mechanism can be a touch sensitive user input mechanism.

"The details of one or more embodiments are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features and advantages will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims."

For more information, see this patent: Tseng, Erick. Mobile Electronic Device Wrapped in Electronic Display. U.S. Patent Number 8644885, filed May 14, 2013, and published online on February 4, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=35&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1740&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140204.PD.&OS=ISD/20140204&RS=ISD/20140204

Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Google Inc., Light-emitting Diode.

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