|Numéro de publication||US20090149223 A1|
|Type de publication||Demande|
|Numéro de demande||US 12/123,206|
|Date de publication||11 juin 2009|
|Date de dépôt||19 mai 2008|
|Date de priorité||5 déc. 2007|
|Autre référence de publication||US9002344, US20090149192, US20090149204, US20090149214, US20090197586|
|Numéro de publication||12123206, 123206, US 2009/0149223 A1, US 2009/149223 A1, US 20090149223 A1, US 20090149223A1, US 2009149223 A1, US 2009149223A1, US-A1-20090149223, US-A1-2009149223, US2009/0149223A1, US2009/149223A1, US20090149223 A1, US20090149223A1, US2009149223 A1, US2009149223A1|
|Inventeurs||Jon D. Friedman, Luke G. Williams|
|Cessionnaire d'origine||Friedman Jon D, Williams Luke G|
|Exporter la citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Citations de brevets (5), Référencé par (2), Classifications (4), Événements juridiques (2)|
|Liens externes: USPTO, Cession USPTO, Espacenet|
The present application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) to U.S. Patent Application No. 60/992,608, filed Dec. 5, 2007 and titled “Devices, Features and Systems for Mobile Communications”, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference.
Mobile communications devices (e.g., wireless phones) have become an integral part of everyday life. For example, a user traditionally used mobile communications devices to place and receive telephone calls when the user was away from a fixed communication device, e.g., a house or office telephone. In some instances, the mobile communications device became the primary device via which the user communicated with other users as the user became accustomed to the convenience and functionality of the device.
Further, the communication techniques that may be employed using a mobile communications device have increased. For example, users were traditionally limited to telephone calls between mobile communications devices. Advances were then made to provide a variety of other communication techniques, e.g., text messaging and email. However, inclusion of these additional communication techniques on mobile communications devices having traditional form factors may cause these devices to become unwieldy and less suitable for mobile applications.
Mobile communications devices are described. In an implementation, a mobile communications device includes a first housing that is approximately square and that includes a display device. The mobile communications device also includes a second housing that is approximately square, includes a keyboard and is rotatable with respect to the first housing at respective corners of the first and second housing. The second housing is rotatable with respect to the first housing between a first configuration in which the first housing substantially covers the second housing such that the keyboard is covered and a second configuration in which the keyboard is exposed.
In an implementation, a mobile communications device includes a first housing and a second housing. The second housing includes a keyboard and is movable with respect to the first housing between a first configuration to expose the keyboard and a second configuration that covers the keyboard. The second housing includes a camera disposed on an opposing side of the second housing from the keyboard and an input device that is manipulable by a user in the first and second configurations to place the camera in an operational mode.
In an implementation, a mobile communications device includes first and second housings that are movable with respect to each other in a plurality of configurations. The first and second housings are movable such that an orientation of a display device on the first housing rotates with respect to the second housing and an orientation of text displayed on a display device of the first housing with respect to the second housing in at least two of the configurations matches.
This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
The detailed description is described with reference to the accompanying figures. In the figures, the left-most digit(s) of a reference number identifies the figure in which the reference number first appears. The use of the same reference numbers in different instances in the description and the figures may indicate similar or identical items.
Users continually desire increased functionality from mobile communications devices, e.g., wireless phones, mobile messaging devices, calendaring devices, and so on. For example, users may maintain a calendar, a list of contacts, send and receive text messages, access the Internet, send and receive email, take pictures and so on. However, inclusion of this increased functionality in traditional mobile communications devices may make these devices more cumbersome and therefore less suitable to mobile applications as traditionally configured.
Mobile communications devices having movable housings are described. In one or more implementations, a square design language is employed to configure a mobile communications device. For example, the mobile communications device may have two housings that are approximately square in shape and that are rotatable (e.g., via a pivot), one to another. In this example, the first and/or second housings may be rotated to form a first configuration that is approximately square and a second configuration that is approximately rectangular. In the first configuration, a first housing may be used to cover a keyboard that is part of the second housing. The keyboard disposed on the second housing may be exposed in a second configuration, which is achieved by rotating the first and/or second housings from the first configuration. In this way, “open” and “closed” configurations may be provided using the pivot. A variety of different keyboards may be employed, e.g., a twelve-key traditional phone numeric pad, a full QWERTY keyboard, and so on. Further discussion of rotation of the first and second housings may be found in relation to
In one or more implementations, a mobile communications device includes first and second housings that are movable with respect to each other to form a plurality of configurations. Continuing with the previous example, the first housing may be rotated with respect to the second housing such that orientation of a display device on the first housing rotates with respect to the second housing. In this implementation, however, orientation of text displayed on a display device of the first housing remains orientated with respect to the second housing in at least two of the configurations that were achieved by rotating the first and second housings with respect to each other. For instance, orientation of the text on the first housing with respect to the second housing may match in an open and closed position of the mobile communications device formed by rotating the first and second housings.
For instance, the first housing may be rotated ninety degrees with respect to the second housing. Consequently, a display device on the first housing may also be rotated ninety degrees with respect to the second housing. To keep text displayed on the display device orientated with respect to the second housing (e.g., and a keyboard disposed on the second housing), the display of the text may also be rotated ninety degrees. In this way, the display of text and a keyboard remain orientated, one to another. Further discussion of orientation of a display of data on a display device may also be found in relation to
In one or more implementations, a mobile communications device includes first and second housings which are movable with respect to each other to assume first and second configurations. The second housing includes a keyboard and a camera disposed on an opposing side of the second housing from the keyboard. The second housing also includes an input device that is manipulable by a user in the first and second configurations to place the camera in an operational mode. For example the first configuration may use the first housing to cover the keyboard of the second housing. The second configuration may involve rotation of the first and second housings, one to another, from the first configuration such that the keyboard of the second housing is exposed. Regardless of whether the mobile communications device is in the first or second configuration, the input device may be used to place the camera in an operational mode, e.g., ready to capture an image. Further discussion of the camera and the input device of the mobile communications device may be found in relation to
In the following discussion, a variety of example implementations of a mobile communications device are shown. Additionally, a variety of different functionality that may be employed by the mobile communications device is described for each example, which may be implemented in that example as well as in other described examples. Accordingly, example implementations are illustrated of a few of a variety of contemplated implementations. Further, although a mobile communications device having one or more modules that are configured to provide telephonic functionality are described, a variety of other mobile communications devices are also contemplated, such as dedicated messaging devices.
The mobile communications device 102 is further illustrated as including a first housing 110 and a second housing 112 that are connected via a pivot 114 such that the first and second housing may rotate, one to another. The first housing 110 includes a display device 116 (e.g., a touchscreen) that may be used to output a variety of data, such as a caller identification (ID), information related to text messages as illustrated, email, multimedia messages, Internet browsing, game play, music, video and so on. The second housing 112 is illustrated as including a keyboard 118 that may be used to provide inputs to the mobile communications device 102.
In the example shown in
In the first configuration 104, the mobile communications device 102 is closed such that the first housing 110 covers the second housing 112. Consequently, the keyboard 118 disposed on the second housing 112 is covered and is not available to receive input from a user of the mobile communications device 102.
In the second configuration 106, the first housing 110 is rotated “away” from the second housing 112 using the pivot 114. Therefore, in the second configuration 106 at least a portion of the keyboard 118 disposed on the second housing 112 is exposed.
In the third configuration 108, the first housing 110 has been rotated ninety degrees with respect to the second housing 112. In this example configuration, at least a majority of the keys of the keyboard 118 is exposed such that the exposed keys are available to receive inputs from a user. Accordingly, this configuration may be considered an “open” configuration. Further, the third configuration 108 results in a substantially rectangular form factor of the mobile communications device 102 as contrasted with a substantially square form factor of the mobile communications device 102 in the first configuration 104. In an implementation, the planes of the first and second housings 110, 112 that are used to define the square form factor are parallel to each other, although other implementations are also contemplated.
In the illustrated implementation 100, the display device 116 remains viewable by a user in each configuration, examples of which are shown in the first configuration 104, the second configuration 106 and the third configuration 108. In the first configuration 104, example text “Text Message from Sara” is illustrated as being displayed on the display device 116. Additionally, the example text is illustrated as being orientated with respect to the second housing 112, which in the illustrated implementation 100 the example text and indications of functions of the keyboard 118 (e.g., numbers and/or letters) are aligned, generally.
In the second configuration 106, the example text is illustrated as following rotation of the display device 116 and the first housing 110. Consequently, the example text is not orientated with respect to the second housing 112 as was shown for the first configuration 104 of the mobile communications device 102. For instance, the orientation of the text in the second configuration 106 is not aligned with the keyboard 118.
In the third configuration 108, the example text is again illustrated as orientated with respect to the second housing 112 as was previously shown and described in relation to the first configuration 104. For instance, example text “Text Message from Sara” displayed on the display device 116 is approximately aligned with the keyboard 118, e.g., communications of text for respective keys of the keyboard 118. Thus, although the orientation of the display device 116 is rotated ninety degrees with respect to the orientation of the second housing 112, the orientation of the example text with respect to the second housing 112 remains as it was for the first configuration 104 by also rotating a display of example text of the display device 116 by ninety degrees. Thus, in this manner a user of the mobile communications device 102 is provided with a consistent and intuitive approach to interaction with the mobile communications device in a plurality of configurations, e.g., the first and third configurations 104, 108. Although orientation of text on a display device has been described in relation to
In each of the first, second, third and fourth configurations 202, 204, 206, 208, text displayed on the display device 116 remains orientated with respect to the second housing 112. As previously described in relation to
The second housing 112 also includes an input device that is manipulable by a user to place the camera 502 and/or the flash 504 in an operational mode, e.g., ready to capture one or more images. In the example depicted in
Device 600 includes input(s) 602 that may include Internet Protocol (IP) inputs. Device 600 further includes communication interface(s) 604 that can be implemented as any one or more of a wireless interface, any type of network interface, and as any other type of communication interface. A network interface provides a connection between device 600 and a communication network by which other electronic and computing devices can communicate data with device 600. A wireless interface enables device 600 to operate as a mobile communication device for wireless communications.
Device 600 also includes one or more processors 606 (e.g., any of microprocessors, controllers, and the like) which process various computer-executable instructions to control the operation of device 600 and to communicate with other electronic devices. Device 600 can be implemented with computer-readable media 608, such as one or more memory components, examples of which include random access memory (RAM) and non-volatile memory (e.g., any one or more of a read-only memory (ROM), flash memory, EPROM, EEPROM, etc.).
Computer-readable media 608 provides data storage to store content and data 610, as well as device applications and any other types of information and/or data related to operational aspects of device 600. For example, an operating system 612 can be maintained as a computer application with the computer-readable media 608 and executed on processor(s) 606. Device applications can also include a communication manager module 614 (which may be used to provide telephonic functionality) and a media manager 616.
Device 600 also includes an audio and/or video output 618 that provides audio and/or video data to an audio rendering and/or display system 620. The audio rendering and/or display system 620 can be implemented as integrated component(s) of the example device 600, and can include any components that process, display, and/or otherwise render audio, video, and image data. Device 600 can also be implemented to provide a user tactile feedback, such as vibrate and haptics.
Generally, the blocks may be representative of modules that are configured to provide represented functionality. Further, any of the functions described herein can be implemented using software, firmware (e.g., fixed logic circuitry), manual processing, or a combination of these implementations. The terms “module,” “functionality,” and “logic” as used herein generally represent software, firmware, or a combination of software and firmware. In the case of a software implementation, the module, functionality, or logic represents program code that performs specified tasks when executed on a processor (e.g., CPU or CPUs). The program code can be stored in one or more computer readable memory devices. The features of the techniques described above are platform-independent, meaning that the techniques may be implemented on a variety of commercial computing platforms having a variety of processors.
Although the invention has been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it is to be understood that the invention defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or acts described. Rather, the specific features and acts are disclosed as example forms of implementing the claimed invention.
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|Classification aux États-Unis||455/566|
|25 nov. 2009||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: MICROSOFT CORPORATION, WASHINGTON
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