The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Samsung that reveals their attempt to create a new kind of touchscreen menu for smartphones, tablets and beyond. In particular, the method that they're seeking to patent is a "touch and swipe" user input. This is their second such invention relating to the creation of new touchscreen inputs for calling up user interface menus and sub-menus. We covered Samsung's first invention relating to menus in a report last week titled "Samsung Invents Touch UI with Expandable Menu for Power Users."
Samsung's Proposed Touch & Swipe User Input
Samsung is seeking to patent a method for providing a user interface for touch and swipe navigation on a mobile device having a touch screen display. The method and device enable the user of the mobile device to access a menu by touch and swipe functionality. This enables the user to access any menu with just a touch and swipe.
Samsung's patent FIG. 6 noted below illustrates examples of menu forms. As illustrated in FIG. 6, when a touch is made in a border (or boundary) on a display screen, menus may be displayed.
Samsung's patent FIGS. 8A/B/C noted below are examples of a menu display for touch and swipe navigation according to an embodiment of the present invention.
Menu 801 shows an example menu on a display screen. In the state as illustrated in FIG. 8A, if a touch is made as illustrated in FIG. 8B, the menu 801 is displayed to correspond to a touch down point, as illustrated in FIG. 8C. The menu consists of a camera, move, wallpaper options and left-right navigation buttons. These options may be customized by the user for display in the menu.
Samsung's patent FIG. 9 below is another example of a swipe out action. If the user swipes out at 902 of menu boundary 901 from the touch down point without removing the touch, the mobile device identifies this as a swipe out and displays the sub menu of the option in which the user swipes out.
For example, if the user swipes out on a messaging option available in the displayed menu, then the mobile device displays the sub menu in the messaging option such as inbox, outbox, sent items, etc.
Samsung filed their patent application under serial number 766274 back in QX1 2013 in the US and a year earlier in India. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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