No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This specification is related generally to user interfaces.
"A computer can include one or more indicators (e.g., lights, light emitting diodes, etc) for providing a status of the computer. A computer can have, for example, a light for conveying information related to the power on/off status, a light for indicating hard disk drive activity, and a light for indicating whether the computer is in 'sleep' mode. Generally, the light is operated such that it conveys binary information: power is on or off; there is hard disk drive activity or not; the computer is in sleep mode or not, for example."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include the actions of detecting an event that includes an associated sensory output, and, in response to the detected event, emitting a light effect that simulates the sensory output. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, computer program products, and computer readable media.
"In general, another aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include the actions of detecting an event, and, in response to the detected event, emitting a light effect that simulates the detected event. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, computer program products, and computer readable media.
"Particular embodiments of the subject matter described in this specification can be implemented to realize one or more of the following advantages. Information can be communicated to a user using a light-emitting device. A light-emitting device can emit a visually pleasing light effect when particular events or sensory outputs occur. A device with only light-emitting indicator devices can share user interface features with devices that utilize displays for ease of use mnemonics and branding. A light-emitting device can provide at-a-glance information that is less likely to distract a user than detailed information displayed on a display (e.g., when the light-emitting device is used on an automobile dashboard).
"The details of one or more embodiments of the subject matter described in this specification are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features, aspects, and advantages of the subject matter will become apparent from the description, the drawings, and the claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example computer system.
"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an example system architecture for communication using a light emission module.
"FIG. 3 is a flow diagram for an example process for communicating using a light emission module.
"FIG. 4 illustrates an example intensity versus time graph for a light effect where the triggering event is a user-initiated email transmission.
"FIGS. 5A-5C illustrate example intensity versus time graphs for light effects where the triggering event is a data search or a discovery of in-range wireless networks.
"FIG. 6 illustrates an example graph of volume versus time and an example graph of light intensity versus time.
"FIGS. 7A-7C illustrates an example desktop user interface and example intensity graphs of light effects, where the intensities of the light effects simulate the bouncing of an application icon.
"Like reference numbers and designations in the various drawings indicate like elements."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Mahowald,
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