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Patent Application Titled "Mobile Electronic Device and Method of Controlling the Same" Published Online

June 5, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors JUNG, Sam Ki (Suwon, Gyunggi-do, KR); SEO, Bo Yle (Suwon, Gyunggi-do, KR); NA, Jong In (Suwon, Gyunggi-do, KR), filed on September 20, 2013, was made available online on May 22, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Samsung Electro-mechanics Co., Ltd.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a mobile electronic device having a power saving function and a method of controlling the same.

"A mobile electronic device is carried by a user and has at least one of voice and video call functions, an information input/output function, a data storing function and the like.

"As functions of a mobile electronic device are diversified, it may be implemented as a multimedia player having complicated functions allowing for operations such as taking a picture or a video clip, playing a music or video file, playing a game, receiving a broadcast, and accessing the Internet.

"In order to support and expand the functions of a mobile electronic device, improving structural and/or software parts of a terminal may be considered.

"Recently, since a mobile electronic device performs various functions, battery consumption is ever-increasing.

"In addition, an unintended function may be executed which is unnecessary to a user. Such an execution of an unnecessary function results in a shortened usage time of a mobile electronic device.

"To overcome this problem, it is necessary to recognize that an unnecessary function is being executed and to interrupt the unnecessary function.

"Patent Document 1 relates to a mobile communications terminal capable of reducing unnecessary power consumption, but does not disclose acquiring a power saving condition and state information of an electronic device to perform a power saving function."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "An aspect of the present invention provides a novel approach to reducing power consumption by recognizing and blocking unnecessary functions executed in a mobile electronic device.

"According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile electronic device for reducing power consumption, the device including: a user input unit receiving a power saving condition; a sensing unit acquiring state information; and a controller changing an operating mode based on the power saving condition and the state information.

"The power saving condition may contain gradient information with respect to an axis.

"The device may further include a memory to store the power saving condition.

"The state information may include at least one of directional information and gradient information.

"The controller may determine whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving condition, and, if so, sets an operating mode to a power saving mode.

"The controller may determine whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving condition, and, if not, sets an operating mode to a non-power saving mode.

"The control unit may determine whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving conditions several times.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of controlling a mobile electronic device, the method including: acquiring a power saving condition; acquiring state information; and changing an operating mode based on the power saving condition and the state information.

"The acquiring of the power saving condition may include acquiring gradient information with respect to an axis.

"The acquiring of the power saving condition may include changing gradient information with respect to an axis.

"The acquiring of the power saving condition may include acquiring the power saving condition stored in a memory base on a user's input.

"The acquiring of the state information may include acquiring at least one of directional information and gradient information.

"The changing of the operating mode may include: determining whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving condition; and if so, setting an operating mode to a power saving mode.

"The changing of the operating mode may include: determining whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving condition; and if not, setting an operating mode to a non-power saving mode.

"The changing of the operating mode may include determining whether the state information falls within the range of the power saving conditions several times.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above and other aspects, features and other advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a mobile electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method of controlling a mobile electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a diagram showing operation S210 shown in FIG. 2 according to an embodiment;

"FIG. 4A to 4F are a diagram showing operation S210 shown in FIG. 2 according to an embodiment;

"FIGS. 5A and 5B are a diagram showing operation S210 shown in FIG. 2 according to another embodiment;

"FIG. 6 is a diagram showing operation S220 shown in FIG. 2 according to an embodiment; and

"FIG. 7 is a diagram showing operation S230 shown in FIG. 2 according to an embodiment."

For more information, see this patent application: JUNG, Sam Ki; SEO, Bo Yle; NA, Jong In. Mobile Electronic Device and Method of Controlling the Same. Filed September 20, 2013 and posted May 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=433&p=9&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140515.PD.&OS=PD/20140515&RS=PD/20140515

Keywords for this news article include: Samsung Electro-mechanics Co. Ltd.

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