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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Method of Displaying Content and Electronic Device for Processing the Same", for Approval

June 25, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Cha, Soon-Hyun (Seoul, KR); Kang, Myung-Su (Seoul, KR); Lee, Jung-Woo (Gyeonggi-do, KR); Cho, Jae-Wan (Gyeonggi-do, KR); Hwang, Sun-Min (Gyeonggi-do, KR), filed on December 5, 2013, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Due to development of electronic communication industries, electronic devices such as mobile terminals (cellular phones), electronic notes, or personal digital assistants become necessities of modern society and important means for transferring rapidly changed information.

"Furthermore, recently, there is a trend to apply flexible displays to the electronic devices. Since a flexible display can be bent or folded, it is expected to develop a limited field of the typical display.

"As shown in FIG. 1, an electronic device with a typical flexible display has an appearance of a typical electronic device. It is advantageous that the flexible display is deformed by an external force. However, content displayed on the deformed display may deviate from a visible area of a user.

"For example, the user may deform the shape of the electronic device having the flexible display, as rolling paper.

"A visible area of the deformed electronic device becomes smaller when the flexible display is deformed. This is because a portion of the visible area is changed to an invisible area according to shape deformation. A portion of or all contents having been displayed before the shape is deformed may be displayed in the invisible area. Here, a display area facing an opposite direction of the user becomes the invisible area, when the electronic device is rolled.

"In this case, a user moves content displayed on the invisible area to the visible area by a gesture like touch and drag and allows the content to be continuously displayed.

"In the drawing, contents displaying procedure is illustrated which is performed in an electronic device which displays an execution screen of an application providing calendar and weather information.

"That is, an electronic device (a) displaying the application execution screen is rolled by a user as the paper is rolled, and only a weather portion of a lower end portion in the application execution screen is displayed (b). Then, the user moves the application execution screen to allow the calendar and weather portions to be displayed in the visible area.

"Accordingly, contents displayed in a flexible display having a deformed shape may deviate from a user's view."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "To address the above-discussed deficiencies, it is a primary object to provide an apparatus and method for changing contents display position according to an appearance deformation of a display unit in an electronic device.

"Another object of the present disclosure is to provide an apparatus and method for determining contents display position by tracking a user in an electronic device.

"Another object of the present disclosure is to provide an apparatus and method for determining a watched area corresponding to a visible area of a user in a deformed display unit in an electronic device.

"Another object of the present disclosure is to provide an apparatus and method for displaying content while reducing power consumption in an electronic device.

"According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a method of displaying contents in an electronic device, includes: when a display unit is deformed, confirming a display area corresponding to a user's visible area in the deformed display unit; and displaying contents on the confirmed display area.

"The method may further includes displaying at least one content, distinguishing an element watched by a user among the displayed elements, and displaying the content watched by the user on the confirmed display area.

"Determining the visible display area may include obtaining information regarding a user's eye direction and determining the display area visible to at least one user.

"The display of the content on the visible display area may include when a plurality of display areas corresponding to users are confirmed, displaying different elements respectively on the plurality of display areas, wherein the displayed different elements are distinguished for each user according to each user's eye direction among the displayed contents.

"The displaying of the content on the confirmed display area may include adjusting at least any one of a size, a resolution, a direction of the displayed content and displaying the adjusted content.

"The displaying of the content on the confirmed display area may include stopping the displays of contents that the user does not watch among the displayed contents.

"According to another aspect of the present disclosure, an electronic device includes a display unit being deformable and displaying contents, and at least one processor, wherein, when the display unit is deformed, the processor determines a display area corresponding to a user's visible area in the deformed display unit, and displays contents on the confirmed display area.

"The processor may display at least one content, distinguish contents watched by a user among the displayed contents, and displays the content watched by the user on the confirmed display area.

"The processor may obtain information confirming a user's eye direction, and confirms a display area corresponding to at least one user.

"When a plurality of display areas corresponding to users are confirmed, the processor may display different contents respectively on the plurality of display areas, and the displayed different contents are distinguished for each user according to each user's eye direction among the displayed contents.

"The processor may adjust at least any one of a size, resolution, a direction of the displayed content and displays the adjusted content.

"The processor may stop the display of elements that the user does not watch among the displayed contents.

"A method for display content on an electronic device comprises detecting that a flexible display unit is bended, recognizing a user's position, determining which display area is visible to the user based on the user position and moving at least part of content on the visible display area.

"determining the visible display area comprises obtaining information regarding a position of user's eye, and determining the visible display area corresponding to the position of user's eye.

"The method further comprises distinguishing at least one element on the content watched by a user among the displayed elements, and displaying the distinguished element on the visible display area.

"An apparatus for displaying content on an electronic device, comprising a processing circuit configured to detect that a flexible display unit is bended, recognize at least a part of a user's body, determine which display area is visible to the user based on the user position; and moving at least part of content on the visible display area.

"The user's body is user's eye and the visible display area may correspond to the position of user's eye.

"The processing circuit may be configured to distinguish at least one element on the content watched by the user among the displayed elements, and display the distinguished element on the visible display area.

"The processing circuit may be configured to divide the bended display unit into a plurality of substantially flat areas and display the content on one of the plurality of substantially flat areas.

"The content watched by the user may be determined based on the user's eye movement.

"According to another aspect of the present disclosure, a non-transitory computer readable medium having a program recorded thereon, which, when executed by a computer, performs a method of displaying contents, is disclosed, the method including when a display unit is deformed, determining a display area corresponding to a user's visible area in the deformed display unit, and displaying contents on the confirmed display area.

"Before undertaking the DETAILED DESCRIPTION below, it may be advantageous set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used throughout this patent document: the terms 'include' and 'comprise,' as well as derivatives thereof, mean inclusion without limitation; the term 'or,' is inclusive, meaning and/or; the phrases 'associated with' and 'associated therewith,' as well as derivatives thereof, may mean to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, or the like; and the term 'controller' means any device, system or part thereof that controls at least one operation, such a device may be implemented in hardware, firmware or software, or some combination of at least two of the same. It should be noted that the functionality associated with any particular controller may be centralized or distributed, whether locally or remotely. Definitions for certain words and phrases are provided throughout this patent document, those of ordinary skill in the art should understand that in many, if not most instances, such definitions apply to prior, as well as future uses of such defined words and phrases.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure and its advantages, reference is now made to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference numerals represent like parts:

"FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C illustrate a screen displaying content in an electronic device to which a typical flexible display is applied;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device displaying content according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating a procedure of displaying contents in an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a procedure of displaying contents in an electronic device according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a procedure of displaying contents in an electronic device according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 6 is a flow chart illustrating a procedure of displaying contents in an electronic device according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 7A, 7B and 7C illustrate screens on a deformed display in an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 8A, 8B and 8C illustrate screens on a deformed display in an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 9A, 9B and 97C illustrate screens on a deformed display in an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure; and

"FIGS. 10A, 10B and 10C illustrate screens on a deformed display in an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Cha, Soon-Hyun; Kang, Myung-Su; Lee, Jung-Woo; Cho, Jae-Wan; Hwang, Sun-Min. Method of Displaying Content and Electronic Device for Processing the Same. Filed December 5, 2013 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=4919&p=99&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

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