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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Personalized User Interface on Mobile Information Device", for Approval

May 29, 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 inventors Chou, Li-Ling (New Taipei City, TW); Ho, Yu-Li David (Taipei, TW), filed on December 28, 2012, was made available online on May 15, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Nvidia Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a mobile information devices, and more particularly, to a user interface on a mobile information device.

"A conventional mobile device, such as a smart phone or a tablet, is usually equipped with a touchscreen and a graphical user interface corresponding thereto. The graphical user interface provides a background (or known as a 'home screen') configured by an operating system, such that applications (APPs) can be displayed in the form of icons in the background, allowing a user to click the touchscreen and thereby start the applications for performing operation thereon.

"For more related information, please make reference to iOS operating system or Android operating system, and Apple Inc.'s iPhone or iPad."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In an aspect, the present invention provides a personalized user interface on a mobile information device. To be portable, a conventional mobile information device is usually designed to have a small display screen; as a result, the small display screen displays a limited number of icons, and thus the other applications icons have to be displayed in the next page (or the next layer). However, in case of a plethora of applications installed in the mobile information device, a user has to search the pages for an intended application icon.

"Compared with the prior art, the present invention, in an embodiment thereof, is characterized in that a user presets personalization filtering criteria for filtering out a small number of applications (whose icons can be fully displayed in a single screen, for example,) from a large number of applications, such that the user can find an intended application icon quickly.

"Compared with the prior art that discloses application name-based search, the present invention, in an embodiment thereof, is characterized by personalization filtering criteria on the grounds that application names can seldom be decided or changed by a user and do not correlate with the user's operation habits or context. The concept 'personalization filtering criterion/criteria' applies herein to a way of using an application by a user or usage parameters specified by the user. That is to say, given the same personalization filtering criterion, chances are that different filtering results occur because users differ in a way of using an application by a user or specify different usage parameters.

"The present invention provides, in an embodiment thereof, a method for creating a personalized user interface on a mobile information device. The method comprises the steps of: filtering out from a plurality of applications APPs installed on the mobile information device one or more said applications according to a personalization filtering criterion, such as a given number of most frequently used APPs; displaying the one or more filtered APPs on a visualized menu; and executing a selected one of the one or more filtered APPs on the visualized menu in response to a selection entered by a user.

"The present invention provides, in another embodiment thereof, a mobile information device, comprising: a touch control display unit; a memory unit for storing a plurality of applications and a personalized user interface management application; and a central processing unit electrically connected to the memory device for executing a plurality of applications and the personalized user interface management application, wherein the personalized user interface management application stores a personalization filtering criterion set by a user and adapted for use with the plurality of applications, such that, when executed, the personalized user interface management application filters out one or more said applications from the plurality of applications according to the personalization filtering criterion and displays the one or more filtered applications on a visualized menu of the touch control display unit for the user to further select the one or more applications thus filtered and displayed.

"Reference throughout this specification to features, advantages, or similar language does not imply that all of the features and advantages that may be realized with the present invention should be or are in any single embodiment of the invention. Rather, language referring to the features and advantages is understood to mean that a specific feature, advantage, or characteristic described in connection with an embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, discussion of the features and advantages, and similar language, throughout this specification may, but do not necessarily, refer to the same embodiment.

"Furthermore, the described features, advantages, and characteristics of the invention may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more embodiments. One skilled in the relevant art will recognize that the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific features or advantages of a particular embodiment. In other instances, additional features and advantages may be recognized in certain embodiments that may not be present in all embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"In order that the advantages of the invention will be readily understood, a more particular description of the invention briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments that are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of hardware architecture of a mobile information device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a flow chart of a method according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a schematic view of a menu of filtering criteria according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 4 is a schematic view of a menu of applications according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Chou, Li-Ling; Ho, Yu-Li David. Personalized User Interface on Mobile Information Device. Filed December 28, 2012 and posted May 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=267&p=6&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140508.PD.&OS=PD/20140508&RS=PD/20140508

Keywords for this news article include: Nvidia Corporation.

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