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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to portable electronic devices.
"Portable electronic devices, such as a Smartphone or a tablet computer, with advanced computing capacity are popular today. However, for mobile use, the size of a portable electronic device is limited and the limited-sized I/O interface (e.g., the small-sized screen or phone speaker) make the video/audio experience of the user uncomfortable."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Portable electronic devices capable of being integrated with each other for enlarged I/O interfaces are disclosed.
"A portable electronic device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention comprises a communication unit, a storage media and a processor. The communication unit is provided for communication between the portable electronic device and at least one nearby portable electronic device. The storage media is stored with program codes of multi-device integration. The processor executes the program codes for alignment and synchronization between the portable electronic device and the at least one nearby portable electronic device, such that the portable electronic device is integrated with the at least one nearby portable electronic device to perform a task associated with the alignment between the portable electronic device and the at least one nearby portable electronic device.
"Multi-device integration methods are disclosed as well.
"In another exemplary embodiment of the invention, a multi-device integration method comprises the following steps: using a processor of a portable electronic device to execute program codes of multi-device integration; and, according to the executed program code, aligning and synchronizing the portable electronic device to the at least one nearby portable electronic device and thereby integrating the portable electronic device with the at least one nearby portable electronic device to perform a task associated with an alignment between the portable electronic device and the at least one nearby portable electronic device.
"A detailed description is given in the following embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The present invention can be more fully understood by reading the subsequent detailed description and examples with references made to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
"FIG. 1 is a block diagram depicting a portable electronic device 100 in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention;
"FIG. 2 depicts an enlarged screen composed of touch panels of 3.times.3 portable electronic devices of the disclosure;
"FIG. 3 shows two portable electronic devices integrated for keyboard extension;
"FIG. 4 shows three portable electronic devices integrated for a multimedia application;
"FIG. 5 shows five portable electronic devices integrated for a 5.1 channel audio display;
"FIG. 6A is a flowchart depicting an alignment method between the different portable electronic devices;
"FIG. 6B shows the different alignment maps displayed on 3.times.3 portable electronic devices;
"FIG. 7 shows a flowchart depicting another alignment method between the different portable electronic devices;
"FIG. 8A shows how the position of a device is detected by a touch panel of the device;
"FIG. 8B shows another exemplary embodiment of a portable electronic device, wherein each edge of the touch panel is disposed with a transmitter (e.g. 802, 804), to be detected by a touch panel of a nearby portable electronic device; and
"FIG. 9 shows 3.times.3 images captured by cameras of portable electronic devices arranged in a 3.times.3 array."
For additional information on this patent application, see: WANG, Chin-Yu; CHEN, Te-Mu. Portable Electronic Device and Multi-Device Integration Method Thereof. Filed
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