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Patent Issued for Mobile Terminal Capable of Controlling Various Operations Using a Multi-Fingerprint-Touch Input and Method of Controlling the...

June 18, 2014



Patent Issued for Mobile Terminal Capable of Controlling Various Operations Using a Multi-Fingerprint-Touch Input and Method of Controlling the Operation of the Mobile Terminal

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventor Kim, Jong Hwan (Seoul, KR), filed on March 3, 2010, was published online on June 3, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8745490 is LG Electronics Inc. (Seoul, KR).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal, and more particularly, to a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal, in which various operations performed by the mobile terminal can be effectively controlled in response to a multi-fingerprint-touch input.

"Mobile terminals are portable devices, which can provide users with various services such as a voice calling service, a video calling service, an information input/output service, and a data storage service.

"As the types of services provided by mobile terminals diversify, an increasing number of mobile terminals have been equipped with various complicated functions such as capturing photos or moving pictures, playing music files or moving image files, providing game programs, receiving broadcast programs and providing wireless Internet services and have thus evolved into multimedia players.

"Various attempts have been made to realize such complicated functions as hardware devices or software programs. For example, various user interface (UI) environments, in which users are allowed to easily search for and choose desired functions, have been developed. In addition, the demand for various designs for mobile terminals such as a double-sided liquid crystal display (LCD) or a full touch screen has steadily grown due to a growing tendency of considering mobile terminals as personal items that can represent personal individuality.

"However, there is a restriction in allocating sufficient space for a UI for an efficient use of various functions provided by a mobile terminal without compromising the mobility and the portability of the mobile terminal. Therefore, it is necessary to develop ways to control the operation of a mobile terminal using a new data input method, other than an existing menu-based method, and thus efficiently use various functions provided by the mobile terminal."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The present invention provides a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal, in which various operations performed by the mobile terminal can be effectively controlled in response to a multi-fingerprint-touch input.

"According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of controlling a mobile terminal, the method including a displaying an operation screen on a display module capable of identifying a fingerprint; if a multi-fingerprint-touch input including first and second fingerprint-touch inputs is received through the display module, selecting a locked operation menu from the operation screen; and if fingerprint information of the multi-fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, unlocking and then executing the selected operation menu

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile terminal including a display module configured to be capable of identifying a fingerprint and to display an operation screen; and a controller configured to receive a multi-fingerprint-touch input including first and second fingerprint-touch inputs through the display module and select a locked operation menu from the operation screen, wherein, if fingerprint information of the multi-fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, the controller unlocks and then executes the selected operation menu.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of controlling a mobile terminal, the method including displaying an operation screen on a display module capable of identifying a fingerprint; if a fingerprint-touch input is received through the display module, selecting a locked operation menu from the operation screen; and if fingerprint information of the fingerprint-touch input matches with previously-stored fingerprint information for unlocking the selected operation menu, unlocking and then executing the selected operation menu.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile terminal including a display module configured to be capable of identifying a fingerprint and to display an operation screen; a memory configured to store a plurality of pieces of fingerprint information on at least one of a finger-by-finger basis, on a user-by-user basis, and a pattern-by-pattern basis; and a controller configured to receive a fingerprint-touch input through the display module and select a locked operation menu from the operation screen, wherein, if fingerprint information of the fingerprint-touch input matches with the stored fingerprint information for unlocking the selected operation menu, the controller unlocks and then executes the selected operation menu.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of controlling a mobile terminal, the method including displaying an operation screen on a display module capable of identifying a fingerprint; if a first fingerprint-touch input is received through the display module and first fingerprint information of the first fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, selecting an item corresponding to the first fingerprint-touch input from the operation screen; and if a first fingerprint-touch input is received through the display module and second fingerprint information of the second fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, performing a predefined operation on the selected item.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile terminal including a display module configured to be capable of identifying a fingerprint and to display an operation screen; and a controller configured to receive a first fingerprint-touch input through the display module and to select an item corresponding to the first fingerprint-touch input from the operation screen if first fingerprint information of the first fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, wherein, if a first fingerprint-touch input is received through the display module and second fingerprint information of the second fingerprint-touch input is authenticated, the controller performs a predefined operation on the selected item."

For additional information on this patent, see: Kim, Jong Hwan. Mobile Terminal Capable of Controlling Various Operations Using a Multi-Fingerprint-Touch Input and Method of Controlling the Operation of the Mobile Terminal. U.S. Patent Number 8745490, filed March 3, 2010, and published online on June 3, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8745490.PN.&OS=PN/8745490RS=PN/8745490

Keywords for this news article include: LG Electronics Inc.

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