Thursday, December 21, 2006

Context Sensitive Data Input Using Finger or Fingerprint Recognition

Today, XM had a patent application disclosed for a touchscreen receiver that recognizes a finger shape or fingerprint and executes a context sensitive function based on that finger. For example, each finger or finger combination could correspond to a different channel selection. One finger could be scrolling. The impetus of the design is to produce smaller devices.

United States Patent Application 20060284853
Kind Code A1
Shapiro; Steven Curtis December 21, 2006

Context sensitive data input using finger or fingerprint recognition


A context sensitive data input device (30) and method (100) can include a touch sensitive surface (32) such as a touchscreen and a processor (34) coupled to the touch sensitive surface. The processor can be programmed to map (102) at least one finger to at least one among a function and a data entry, recognize (104) at least one finger that has been mapped, and execute (108) the function or enter the data entry upon recognizing the at least one finger. The processor can be further programmed to map at least one finger to a short-cut menu or to a preset channel. The processor can also be programmed to recognize fingers of different users and to automatically switch to a particular user's settings, requirements or preferences upon recognizing a finger of a particular user.

Inventors: Shapiro; Steven Curtis; (Lake Worth, FL)
Correspondence Name and Address:
P.O. BOX 3188
Assignee Name and Adress: XM Satellite Radio, Inc.

Serial No.: 154861
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 16, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 345/173
U.S. Class at Publication: 345/173
Intern'l Class: G09G 5/00 20060101 G09G005/00

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