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Sony files Hand-held Touchscreen & Digital Tactile Pixels Patents


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317w ago - Panajev2001a posted on NeoGAF (linked above) that Sony was recently granted a patent for what many think could be the next PSP or PSP phone. The [Register or Login to view links] is for a 'hand-held device with touchscreen and digital tactile pixels'.

The patent application states that the device could be used as a "game device, phone, portable media player, email device, Web browser device or navigation device."

Another patent was granted for a "data-transfer using hand-held device." The device would be able to "recognize a remote device from a signal generated by the remote device detector, recognize a gesture from a signal generated by the case motion sensor as a result of motion of the case; and transfer a file with the file transfer device from the memory to the remote device or vice versa in response to recognition of the gesture."

To cite: HAND-HELD DEVICE WITH TOUCHSCREEN AND DIGITAL TACTILE PIXELS

Abstract

A hand-held electronic device is disclosed. The device may comprise a case case having one or more major surfaces; a Touch Screen disposed on one of the major surfaces, the touch screen; a processor operably coupled to the touch screen; and one or more tactile pixels disposed proximate the touch screen. Each of the tactile pixels includes an actuatable portion coupled to an actuator and a sensor. The actuator and sensor are coupled to the processor.

The actuator is configured to actuate in response to instructions from the processor and the sensor is configured to generate signals as inputs to one or more programs executed by the processor when pressure is applied to the actuatable portion. The actuatable portion is actuatable by the actuator between first and second positions. A tactile feel of the actuatable portion is different in the first and second positions.

Claims

1. A hand-held electronic device, comprising:a case having one or more major surfaces;a touch screen disposed on at least one of the major surfaces;a processor operably coupled to the touch screen; andone or more tactile pixels disposed proximate the touch screen, wherein each of the one or more tactile pixels includes an actuatable portion coupled to an actuator and a sensor, wherein the actuator is coupled to the processor, wherein the actuator is configured to actuate in response to instructions from the processor and wherein the sensor is configured to generate signals as inputs to one or more programs executed by the processor when pressure is applied to the actuatable portion, wherein the actuatable portion is actuatable by the actuator between first and second positions in response to execution of one or more instructions by the processor, wherein a tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the first position is different from the tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the second position.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein the one or more tactile pixels are located on the same major surface of the case as the touch screen.

3. The device of claim 1 wherein the one or more tactile pixels are located on a side edge of the case proximate the major surface on which the touch screen is disposed.

4. The device of claim 1 wherein the case includes a beveled edge between a side edge and the major surface on which the touch screen is disposed, wherein the one or more tactile pixels are located on the beveled edge.

5. The device of claim 1 wherein the device is configured such that the one or more of the tactile pixels are positioned to provide tactile feedback to a user and/or receive input from a user in response to a predetermined state of the touch screen.

6. The device of claim 5 wherein the device is configured such that a particular one or more of the one or more of the tactile pixels selectively actuate to mark an endpoint of scrolling of an image displayed on the touch screen.

7. The device of claim 5 wherein the device is configured such that a particular one or more of the one or more tactile pixels vibrate in response to the change in state of the touch screen.

8. The device of claim 7 wherein a frequency of vibration of the particular one or more of the one or more tactile pixels is related to a state of a gesture made with the touch pad.

9. The device of claim 1 wherein the device is configured such that the one or more of the tactile pixels are positioned to provide tactile feedback to a user and/or receive input from a user in response to a gesture entered with the touch pad.

10. The device of claim 1 wherein the device is configured such that a particular one or more of the one or more of the tactile pixels are positioned to act as buttons associated with specific command inputs to the device.

11. The device of claim 10 wherein the touch screen is configured to display information identifying the specific command inputs proximate the particular one or more tactile pixels.

12. The device of claim 1, further comprising a sensor configured to register a change in orientation of the device.

13. The device of claim 12 wherein the device is configured such that a particular one or more of the one or more of the tactile pixels actuate between the first and second positions in response to a change in orientation of the device.

14. The device of claim 10 wherein the device is configured to be used as game device, phone, portable media player, email device, web browser device or navigation device.

15. The device of claim 10 wherein the device is configured to be used as a game device and wherein the devices is configured to change a state of the one or more tactile pixels in response to a change in a game state or game event.

16. The device of claim 1, further comprising a communication interface adapted to facilitate communication between the device and one or more other devices.

17. The device of claim 1, wherein the device is configured such that a state of the one or more tactile pixels changes in response to a change in state of one or more other devices in communication with the hand-held electronic device.

18. An electronic device, comprising:a touch screen disposed on a major surface of the electronic device;a processor operably coupled to the touch screen; andwherein the touch screen comprises an array of tactile pixels, wherein each of the tactile pixels in the array includes an actuatable portion coupled to an actuator and a sensor, wherein the transducer is coupled to the processor, wherein the actuator is configured to actuate in response to instructions from the processor and wherein the sensor is configured to generate signals as inputs to one or more programs executed by the processor when pressure is applied to the actuatable portion, wherein the actuatable portion is actuatable by the actuator between first and second positions in response to execution of one or more instructions by the processor, wherein a tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the first position is different from the tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the second position.

19. A method for operating a hand-held device having a touch screen and one or more tactile pixels disposed proximate the touch screen, wherein each of the one or more tactile pixels includes an actuatable portion coupled to an actuator and a sensor, wherein the actuatable portion is actuatable by the actuator between first and second positions, wherein a tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the first position is different from the tactile feel of the actuatable portion in the second position, the method comprising:tracking user input with the touch screen;determining a state of the touch screen;changing a state of the one or more tactile pixels in response to detection of a predetermined state of the display.

20. The method of claim 19 wherein tracking the user input includes tracking motion of a user's finger with the touch screen.

21. The method of claim 19 wherein determining the state of the touch screen includes determining whether the user has entered a particular gesture on the touch screen.

22. The method of claim 19 wherein the user input to the touch screen corresponds to user input to a video game.

23. The method of claim 22 wherein the predetermined state reflects a change in state of the video game or one or more particular game events.

24. The method of claim 19 wherein the predetermined state corresponds to a change in state of one or more other devices in communication with the hand-held device.

25. The method of claim 19 wherein the hand-held device includes a title sensor and the predetermined state corresponds to a change in state of the tilt sensor.

26. The method of claim 25 wherein changing the state of the tactile pixels includes selectively actuating one or more particular pixels in response to a tilting of the hand-held device sensed by the tilt sensor in a way that simulates a bubble level.

27. The method of claim 19 wherein changing the state of the tactile pixels includes selectively actuating one or more particular pixels such that they can be felt by a user and configuring the particular pixels to act as a scroll wheel for the hand-held device.

28. The method of claim 19 wherein changing the state of the tactile pixels includes selectively actuating one or more particular pixels proximate a command shown on the touch screen such that the one or more particular pixels can be felt by a user and configuring the particular pixels to act as a button to execute the command with the hand-held device.

29. The method of claim 28, further comprising vibrating the one or more particular tactile pixels.

30. The method of claim 19 wherein changing the state of the tactile pixels includes selectively actuating one or more particular pixels such that the one or more particular pixels can be felt by a user when the user reaches a scroll limit with the touch screen.


DATA TRANSFER USING HAND-HELD DEVICE

Abstract

A hand-held electronic device and file transfer method are disclosed. The device may comprise a case, a processor and a memory. A case motion sensor and a remote device detector may be coupled to the processor. A communication interface may be coupled to the memory and processor. The processor may be programmed with instructions that, when executed cause the device to recognize a remote device, recognize a gesture from resulting from motion of the case, and transfer a file from the hand-held device to the remote device or vice versa in response to recognition of the gesture.

Alternatively, the instructions may cause the device to identify a file to be transferred from a source to a destination, identify the source and/or destination, recognize a gesture resulting from motion of the case, and transfer the file from the source to the destination in response to recognition of the gesture.



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