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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Strategically Located Touch Sensors in Smartphone Casing", for Approval

May 8, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Schmidt, David M. (Waterloo, CA), filed on October 11, 2012, was made available online on April 24, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Research in Motion Limited.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This system relates to a handheld electronic device, and more particularly, to strategically locating sensors on a handheld electronic device casing.

"Handheld electronic devices, such as smart phones often have switches placed on the sides of the outside casing of the device. The switches may be placed on the sides of the device for easy access. Such placement of special function switches may enable a user to directly activate or control various functions quickly, without having to navigate through multiple levels of a graphical user interface to find a software control. For example, a rocker switch or push button on the side of a smart phone may enable a user to quickly control the volume of the device. Even devices that may have other physical user interfaces, such as touch screens, mechanical keyboards and thumb wheels on the face of the device, may have various special purpose switches on the sides of the device."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A method is disclosed for controlling a handheld device. The method includes receiving input by one or more corner sensors on the handheld device. Each of the corner sensors may be equipped on a rounded corner of a case edge of the handheld device. One or more of the corner sensors may be configured based on how a user holds the handheld device for utilizing the corner sensors. The corner sensors may also be configured based on a spatial orientation of the handheld device. Functions of the handheld device may be controlled based on the input received by the one or more corner sensors.

"Other systems, methods, features, and advantages will be, or will become, apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features, and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the invention, and be protected by the following claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The system may be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention. Moreover, in the figures, like referenced numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the different views.

"FIG. 1 is an angle view of a handheld electronic device with sensors located on one or more corners of the device.

"FIG. 2 is a diagram of a handheld electronic device with corner sensors utilized in a right hand mode or in a left hand mode.

"FIG. 3 is a diagram of a handheld electronic device with corner sensors utilized in a two handed mode.

"FIG. 4 is a diagram of a handheld electronic device with corner sensors as held in a portrait orientation and as held in a landscape orientation.

"FIG. 5 is diagram of a corner sensor on a handheld electronic device with a single click zone utilized for input to the device.

"FIG. 6 is diagram of two click zones utilized for input to a corner sensor of a handheld electronic device.

"FIG. 7 is diagram of forward and backward or bidirectional motion utilized as gestures for input to a corner sensor of a handheld device.

"FIG. 8 is a diagram of a corner sensor that is operable to detect and/or register movement in at least two dimensions.

"FIG. 9 is a diagram of a corner sensor that may detect wheel or rotational motion utilized as a gesture for input to a corner sensor.

"FIG. 10 is an illustration of an exemplary handheld electronic device that may be controlled using one or more corner sensors."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Schmidt, David M. Strategically Located Touch Sensors in Smartphone Casing. Filed October 11, 2012 and posted April 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2466&p=50&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140417.PD.&OS=PD/20140417&RS=PD/20140417

Keywords for this news article include: Research in Motion Limited.

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