Sony Ericsson patents Vibrating Gaming Touchscreen

Posted: 7 March 2008 in News, Patents, Sony Ericsson
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Dari UnwiredView, Engadget, dan Just Another Mobile Phone Blog diperoleh informasi yang sangat menarik, yaitu bahwa Sony Ericsson telah mempatenkan desain handphone terbarunya yang dikhususkan untuk Game.



Artikel berikut adalah dari UnwiredView :

Another Take on PSP Phone, or Sony Ericsson’s own iPhone Patent

The rumors about the Sony Ericsson’s PSP Phone have been spreading around the net even before we’ve put some substance to it, with the discovery of the patent application for one design of said device.

Today another Sony Ericsson patent application, called “Orientation based multiple mode mechanically vibrated touchscreen display“, has surfaced.

It shows that earlier configuration was not the only way that SE could bring the PSP phone to the market.

Another possibility would be a handset with a full touch screen display, accelerometer or other orientation sensor, and a haptics feedback set-up, that can be reconfigured through software between PSP and phone functionality:

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Since the handset screen has the haptics tactile feedback mechanism, the need physical buttons is eliminated, the display can cover practically all the surface of the device, and it still could be as convenient to use in both, game console and phone functions.



In PSP mode this Sony Ericsson phone (pictured above) is:

… set out to mimic the look and feel of the popular Sony.TM. Playstation Portable (PSP.TM.) gaming device. The area designated by reference number 300 is reserved for game action. It is essentially the display within the display. The dashed box referred to by reference number 305 represents the buttons that appear on the right hand side of the PSP.TM.. The dashed box referred to by reference number 310 represents the buttons that appear on the bottom of the PSP.TM.. Lastly, the dashed box referred to by reference number 315 represents the buttons that appear on the left hand side of the PSP.TM.. The buttons represented by reference numbers 305, 310, and 315 are graphical renditions on the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display 150 of the portable mobile communications device 100. The mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is configurable and re-configurable to suit the mode or application desired by the user. In this example, when the user presses an area of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display that corresponds to one of the buttons that is associated with the PSP.TM. interface, a tactile sensation is returned to the user that indicates a button was pressed. The exact type of tactile sensation emitted by the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display and experienced by the user can vary according to parameters set out in the display configuration associated with that mode. Thus, some buttons may have different feels than other buttons.

Of course, when we get to the accelerometers, full touch screen displays and portable device function reconfiguration through software, there’s no rule that says that this device should be just a PSP phone. It can as easily be reconfigured to act as music player – Walkman phone, digital camera – Cybershot phone, or mobile Internet browsing device.

And Sony Ericsson in this patent application did just that:

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If all of this sounds very familiar to you, well, it is. Remember Steve Jobs MacWorld 2007 keynote speech?

“… an iPod, a Phone and an Internet Communicator… an iPod, a phone… are you getting it? These are not 3 separate devices. This is one device, and we are calling it… iPhone…”

The device described in current Sony Ericsson patent application is exactly the same concept as iPhone, with additional PSP gaming console functionality added to the mix.

But we cannot say that Sony Ericsson copied this idea from Apple. It looks like SE has been working on these full touch screen multifunctional device ideas in parallel with the work done at Apple.

Sony Ericsson patent application was filed on August 30, 2006. Several months before the iPhone was introduced, and a week before the main iPhone patent application became public.

Only it’s a shame that it should take Sony Ericsson more then 18 months to come up with such handset. Xperia X1 is a step in the right direction, as is the rumored Sony Ericsson P5i Full Touchscreen Smartphone.

Let’s hope that the other ideas described in this patent application will be implemented soon too.



Artikel berikut adalah dari Engadget :

Sony Ericsson Files Patent on Haptic Gaming Device, doesn’t Call it PSPhone

It’s nice to know that Sony Ericsson is plugging away on making our crazy, dare-to-dream fantasies a reality. The latest proof that someone up there (and by up there, we mean Japan) likes us comes in the form of a new patent for a touchscreen handheld that forgoes physical buttons for a haptic-feedback scheme. The design mandates that the phone/game device would be free of the pesky clutter of regular buttons, and would instead by configurable to any number of forms (PSP, phone, MP3 player, digital camera) by arrangement of on-screen controls. The device would vibrate in accordance with button-presses, though it’s unclear whether this will just be a standard vibration, or a more advanced, location-specific feedback system. Even with a little buzz, we’re not quite sure you can replicate the feeling real gaming controls provide — and that could seriously interfere with our typical success in games.


Dan berikut ini adalah dari Just Another Mobile Phone Blog :

Sony Ericsson patents Vibrating Gaming Touchscreen

ORIENTATION BASED MULTIPLE MODE MECHANICALLY VIBRATED TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY


Abstract

A system and method is disclosed for reconfiguring the graphical user interface (GUI) of a mechanically vibrated touchscreen display associated with a portable mobile communications device that is operable in a variety of modes. The reconfiguration of the GUI is based on the orientation of the portable mobile communications device. An orientation sensing mechanism senses whether the portable mobile communications device is currently in a portrait or landscape orientation. An orientation sensing application accesses an orientation profile that associates each mode of operation with either a portrait or landscape orientation and determines which mode of operation is the default mode for the sensed orientation of the portable mobile communications device. The GUI of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is then reconfigured for the default mode of operation.


Description
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001]Portable mobile communications devices such as mobile phones are becoming more sophisticated and include many new features and capabilities. One such capability that is not yet in widespread use is the inclusion of a tactile interface for a touchscreen display.

[0002]Touchscreen displays are well known and provide the ability to receive input by directly `touching` the display means with a finger or other item such as a pen stylus. One of the biggest drawbacks to touchscreen displays is the lack of tactile sensation when actuating a key or button represented on the display. Recent technological advancements can now provide tactile feedback for a touchscreen display such that the user actually feels the sensation of pressing a mechanical key or button when they are actually making contact with a flat touchscreen display. The tactile feedback provides a greater user experience as well as a truer sense that the input was indeed received by the device.

[0003]Portable mobile communications devices utilize processing hardware and software that can operate multiple applications in addition to making and receiving cellular telephone calls. Many portable mobile communications devices provide camera devices and applications, digital music players, web browsers, office type applications including e-mail, and gaming applications. Each of these applications utilizes a separate and distinct graphical user interface (GUI) that is designed to be naturally intuitive to the user.

[0004]It becomes a significant design challenge to provide multiple GUIs based on a single display and keypad configuration that is inherent to a portable mobile communications device. Tactile feedback touchscreen display means driven by software controlled operating modes can quickly reconfigure a portable mobile communications device display to represent multiple different modes or applications such as those presented above. This opens the door to eliminating most mechanical keys on a portable mobile communications device in favor of configurable tactile feedback touchscreen displays. This also allows for a larger surface area for the display means since most of the area previously reserved for mechanical keys can be eliminated.

[0005]Most portable mobile communications devices are rectangular in shape meaning their displays are also rectangular in shape. However, not all of the multiple modes/applications listed above will utilize the display in the same orientation. Some applications work better when presented in a portrait orientation (phone, music player) while others are more intuitive in a landscape orientation (game playing, browser) while some may work equally well in either orientation (camera) depending on a personal preference.

[0006]In addition, a mechanically vibrated touchscreen display can be configured to cover the back and even the sides of a portable mobile communications device. This would allow for user interface `buttons` to be configured in areas that are not just the front face of the portable mobile communications device.

[0007]Integrating motion/orientation sensing technology with tactile feedback touchscreen displays allows the portable mobile communications device to automatically reconfigure itself for a different mode of operation without the user having to delve into the intricacies of the user interface to manipulate the functions.


BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008]In one embodiment there is presented a method of reconfiguring the graphical user interface (GUI) of a mechanically vibrated touchscreen display associated with a portable mobile communications device that is operable in a variety of modes. The reconfiguration of the GUI is based on the orientation of the portable mobile communications device. An orientation sensing mechanism senses whether the portable mobile communications device is currently in a portrait or landscape orientation. An orientation sensing application accesses an orientation profile that associates each mode of operation with either a portrait or landscape orientation and determines which mode of operation is the default mode for the sensed orientation of the portable mobile communications device. The GUI of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is then reconfigured for the default mode of operation.

[0009]The user is prompted if the default mode is the desired mode of operation. The portable mobile communications device receives input indicative of a response to prompting whether the default mode is the desired mode of operation. If the received input indicative of a response to prompting the user is negative, the GUI of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is reconfigured for another mode of operation associated with the current orientation of the portable mobile communications device. This continues until the GUI on the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display for the desired mode of operation is presented.

[0010]The modes of operation can include, but are not limited to, phone mode, camera mode, game mode, music player mode, and web-browser mode. In addition, the orientation sensing mechanism can include, but is not limited to, an accelerometer or a gyroscopic device.

[0011]In another embodiment there is presented a system and method of reconfiguring the graphical user interface (GUI) of a mechanically vibrated touchscreen display associated with a portable mobile communications device that is operable in a variety of modes. An orientation sensing mechanism senses whether the portable mobile communications device is currently in a portrait or landscape orientation and accesses an orientation profile that associates each mode of operation with either a portrait or landscape orientation. A list of modes of operation associated with the sensed orientation of the portable mobile communications device is presented to the user. The user is prompted to select a mode of operation from the list. Input indicative of a selected mode of operation is received and the GUI of the mechanically vibrated touchscreen display is reconfigured for the selected mode of operation associated.


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