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Patent Application Titled "Systems and Methods for a Symbol-Adaptable Keyboard" Published Online

June 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Yuen, Jenny (Cambridge, MA); St.Clair, Luke (Redmond, WA), filed on December 5, 2012, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile computing and communication devices, such as cellphones, PDAs, tablet computers, and mini-laptops, are widely used to perform a variety of computing and communication tasks. Computing devices can include one or more input devices to receive input from a user, including a keyboard, pointing device, microphone, camera, or other suitable input device. Some computing devices can allow a user to provide input on an electronic visual display, such as a touch screen. In this manner, a user can provide input by touching a certain portions of the electronic visual display corresponding to a desired input. Mobile computing devices may also execute software applications, such as games, web browsers, or social-networking applications. With social-networking applications, users may connect, communicate, and share information with other users in their social networks."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The purpose and advantages of the disclosed subject matter will be set forth in and apparent from the description that follows, as well as will be learned by practice of the disclosed subject matter. Additional advantages of the disclosed subject matter will be realized and attained by the methods and systems particularly pointed out in the written description and claims hereof, as well as from the appended drawings.

"To achieve these and other advantages and in accordance with the purpose of the disclosed subject matter, as embodied and broadly described, the disclosed subject matter is related to a method including detecting a communication session between a first user and one or more second users, determining a social context of the communication session, determining based at least in part on the social context a set of symbols for communication by the first user in the communication session with the second users, and providing for display to the first user a set of keys corresponding to the set of symbols, the keys indicating symbols for input by the first user in the communication session.

"For example and as embodied herein, such a method may allow an automatic display of a set of keys that correspond to symbols that a user is most likely (or desires) to communicate with during a communication session. As an example, based on a determination that a social context of a communication session corresponds to symbols in the Russian language, a set of keys corresponding to a set of Russian symbols may be displayed to the user. As such, the user may be able to communicate in Russian during a communication session without having to manually switch the displayed set of keys from, for example, English symbols, to, for example, Russian symbols.

"In some embodiments, a communications session may include an e-mail sent from the user, a Short Message Service (SMS) message sent from the user, an Instant Messaging (IM) session involving the user, a post by the user to a profile page of another user (such as the user posting to the profile page of one of the user's friends), a comment by the user on content associated with another user (such as a comment by the user about a picture uploaded by one of the user's friends), any other type of communication by the user, or any combination of the preceding.

"Furthermore, and as embodied herein, a social context of a communication session may include information about one or more circumstances of the communication session, such as a particular language that the user and another user communicate in (such as if both the user and the user's friend communicate in Russian), a previous communication between the user and another user (such as if during the last communication, the user and the user's friend communicated in English or agreed to communicate in English during the next communication), a relationship of the user to another user (such as if the user and the user's family only communicate with each other in Chinese), one or more computing devices being used by the user and the other users in the communication session (such as the identity or type of computing devices being used), software applications being used by the user and the other users in the communication session (such as if the user and the user's friend are communicating while playing a particular game, such as chess), subject matter of the communication session (such as the user and the user's friend using particular acronyms (such as 'LOL') while communicating), other information about one or more circumstances of the communication session, or any combination of the preceding. In some embodiments, the symbols for input by the user in the communication session may be characters of a language (such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese, English, Spanish, any other language, or any combination of the preceding), alphanumeric characters, acronyms, logograms, pictograms, ideograms, mathematical symbols, typographical symbols, images, any other symbols, or any combination of the preceding.

"The disclosed subject matter is also related to one or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media embodying software that is operable when executed to: detect a communication session between a first user and one or more second users, determine a social context of the communication session, determine based at least in part on the social context a set of symbols for communication by the first user in the communication session with the second users, and provide for display to the first user a set of keys corresponding to the set of symbols, the keys indicating symbols for input by the first user in the communication session.

"The disclosed subject matter is further related to a system including one or more processors and a memory coupled to the processors. The memory includes instructions executable by the processors. The processors are operable when executing the instructions to: detect a communication session between a first user and one or more second users, determine a social context of the communication session, determine based at least in part on the social context a set of symbols for communication by the first user in the communication session with the second users, and provide for display to the first user a set of keys corresponding to the set of symbols, the keys indicating symbols for input by the first user in the communication session.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates an example network environment associated with a social-networking system.

"FIG. 2 illustrates an example social graph.

"FIG. 3 illustrates an example personal computing device.

"FIG. 4 illustrates an example scenario in which a user provides input to a personal computing device.

"FIG. 5A illustrates a virtual keyboard with keys that correspond to a set of English symbols.

"FIG. 5B illustrates a virtual keyboard with keys that correspond to a set of Russian symbols.

"FIG. 6 illustrates an exemplary method for a symbol-adaptable keyboard.

"FIG. 7 illustrates an example computer system."

For more information, see this patent application: Yuen, Jenny; St.Clair, Luke. Systems and Methods for a Symbol-Adaptable Keyboard. Filed December 5, 2012 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4895&p=98&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Software.

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