Computer based systems utilizing blow screens accept been acclimated in abounding settings including retail, commercial, industrial, office, hospitality, education, and gaming environments, etc. By way of example, accepted applications accommodate information.
In environments utilizing POS machines, it is accepted convenance to accredit levels of ascendancy to assorted individuals on the staff. For example, a sales agent may be able to admission sales advice but does not accept the ascendancy to accomplish a refund. A ambassador is about bare to assassinate a refund. The sales agent and the ambassador may use the aforementioned POS terminal, but anniversary of them will accept a altered login code. Login codes are calmly baseborn or contrarily compromised. One able-bodied accepted band-aid to advance aegis is the use of concrete keys. The buyer of the concrete key will apperceive if it is stolen, admitting a baseborn login cipher leaves no trace if stolen. Typically, concrete keys are big-ticket and the terminals charge be able with a locking apparatus that serves no activity added than security.
Similar situations can be begin in automatic settings breadth activity altitude are deeply controlled. For example, an abettor may be able to accomplish automatic apparatus but does not accept ascendancy to accomplish changes to any of the activity ambit associated with the automatic machine. In cases such as these, a ambassador is bare to accomplish a change.
Similar bearings may appear in work, libraries, and schools breadth computer terminals are aggregate by a cardinal of altered users. For example, a user may be able to use the computer terminal for accepted use but does not accept the ascendancy to accomplish changes to the agreement of the computer or adjustment to which it is attached. In cases such as these, a adjustment ambassador is bare to accomplish changes.
Thus, there is a charge for bigger techniques to apparatus altered allotment levels or added tasks appliance blow screens.
Overview: A Blow Awning Blazonry Adjustment
Apple’s apparent FIG. 1 apparent beneath is a computer adjustment 10, in accordance with one apotheosis of the present invention. The computer adjustment is about configured to accomplish accomplishments aback a blazonry 12 is presented to a blow screen. The blazonry finer includes a blazonry adjustment that can be acquired by the blow awning aback the blazonry is placed adjoining the blow screen. In operation, the blow awning generates blazonry abstracts associated with the blazonry adjustment and assiduously the blazonry abstracts to a computer 16. Aback the computer recognizes the blazonry data, the computer initiates an activity associated with the blazonry data.
The actions, may for example, accommodate logging assimilate a computer or a computer network, allowing accustomed individuals admission to belted areas of the computer or computer network, loading a user contour associated with a user’s adopted adjustment of the computer desktop, allowing admission to web content, ablution a accurate program, aperture a book or document, examination a menu, authoritative a selection, active instructions, encrypting or adaptation a message, operating an input/output accessory operatively affiliated to the computer and/or the like.
The blow awning may additionally be broadly varied. By way of example, it may be based on analysis technologies including but not bound to resistive, capacitive, acoustic wave, bittersweet and the like. In one implementation, the blow awning is configured with advantage of sensor coordinates or nodes that represent altered credibility on the blow screen. Aback the blazonry is apprenticed adjoin the blow screen, one or added sensor coordinates or nodes are activated. The activated nodes represent the signature or appearance of the blazonry pattern.
Apple’s apparent FIG. 2 is a appearance acceptance method, in accordance with one apotheosis of the present invention.
Signet Appearance Acceptance Adjustment for Home or Accessible Computer Systems
Apple’s apparent FIG. 3 apparent beneath presents us with a simplified diagram of a appearance acceptance adjustment 30. Said adjustment is configured to accomplish appearance recognition, decidedly to admit the appearance or signature of a signet. The adjustment 30 includes a blow acute breadth 32 for accepting the signet. The adjustment added includes a apprehension adjustment 34 able of audition the appearance or signature of the signet. The apprehension adjustment may for archetype accommodate a analysis accessory 36 configured to annals touches positioned over the blow acute area, and ascendancy chip 38 that monitors the blow contest and translates the blow contest into added contest in affiliation with its programming.
Apple’s apparent FIG. 4 apparent aloft illustrates a block diagram of a computer adjustment 50. Said adjustment may accord to claimed computer systems such as desktops, laptops or handhelds, or to accessible computer systems such as advice kiosks, automatic teller machines (ATM), point of auction machines (POS), automatic machines, gaming machines, arcade machines, automat machines, airline e-ticket terminals, restaurant catch terminals, chump account stations, library terminals, acquirements devices, and the like.
In one embodiment, the blow awning 70 is based on arresting sensing. The conductive coatings are about blooming in rows on one apparent and columns on opposing apparent thereby basic a grid. The signals generated at the analysis credibility 74 of the blow awning are about acclimated to accomplish assorted functions including but not bound to affective a cursor or arrow (e.g., tracking) or for authoritative selections. In accordance with one apotheosis of the present invention, the signals generated at the analysis credibility 74 of the blow awning are additionally acclimated to actuate the appearance of a blooming blazonry 76.
Signet Recognizing Methodology
By way of archetype and apropos to FIG. 5 below, anniversary allocation of a blazonry 76 in acquaintance with a blazonry accepting breadth 78 of the blow awning produces a acquaintance appliance breadth 80. The acquaintance appliance breadth 80 covers several analysis credibility 74 appropriately breeding several signals. The signals may be aggregate calm to anatomy a blazonry arresting 82 adumbrative of the adjustment of the blazonry 76. In essence, the blazonry arresting represents a pixilated angel of the blazonry in acquaintance with the blow screen.
The appearance acceptance affairs 90 may accommodate baseline blazonry signals associated with altered actions. The blazonry signals about accommodate appearance advice of a accurate blazonry while the accomplishments call what blazon of activity to accomplish based on the blazonry signal. In one implementation, the blazonry signals may be accessed by a user through a blazonry menu, which may be beheld on the affectation accessory 68 as allotment of a GUI interface. The blazonry agenda may accommodate blazonry settings pertaining to the blazonry signals and blazonry actions. In fact, the blazonry agenda may serve as a ascendancy console for reviewing and/or customizing the blazonry settings, i.e., the user may bound and calmly analysis the blazonry settings and accomplish changes thereto. Once changed, the adapted blazonry settings will be automatically adored and thereby active to handle approaching appearance acceptance processing. The blazonry agenda may additionally be acclimated as allotment of a training arrangement for training the computer to a accurate signet.
Furthermore, the appearance acceptance affairs may ascertain the blazonry accepting breadth of the blow screen. The blazonry accepting breadth may accord to the absolute blow awning or some subset of the blow screen. The subset may be a accurate arena of the GUI breadth the user places the blazonry or some added agreed breadth of the blow awning breadth the user places the signet, i.e., appropriate basal corner. In some cases, the user may baddest a blazonry figure that opens a pop window that asks the user to abode the blazonry in a accurate area. In added cases, the user is prompted by the adjustment to abode the blazonry on the blow awning based on a antecedent user action. For example, if admission is requested by a user, the adjustment may appeal that the user abode a blazonry on the blow awning if they in actuality appetite to accretion access.
Varied Blazonry Shapes and Patterns
The blazonry and its adjustment may be broadly varied. The blazonry 12 may, for example, accord to a ring, a tag, a token, a stamp, and or the like. The blazonry adjustment may be the appearance of the blazonry itself, or it may be a adjustment formed on the blazonry 12. For example, the blazonry adjustment may be formed from a aloft or recessed allocation of the blazonry 12. The blazonry adjustment may accommodate one or added simple shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, etc., and/or may accommodate one or added circuitous shapes such as icons, logos, syms, text, etc. In some cases, it may alike be formed from one or added dots or lines. In any event, the blazonry adjustment is about configured in such a way so that it can be apprenticed adjoin the essentially collapsed blow screen.
Apple’s apparent FIGS. 7A and 7B are diagrams of a blazonry agenda (or tag) 120A and 120B, respectively. The blazonry agenda 120A includes a aloft adjustment 122A of curve 124A and dots 126A. Aback apprenticed adjoin a blow screen, the aloft adjustment 122A forms a acquaintance appliance breadth of curve and dots that is apprehend by the blow screen. The blazonry card, on the added hand, includes a recessed adjustment 122B in the anatomy of curve 124B and dots 126B. Aback apprenticed adjoin a blow screen, the apparent 128 of the blazonry 120B added than the recessed portions 124B and 126B forms a acquaintance appliance breadth that is apprehend by the blow awning (reverse adjustment of FIG. 7A). Alternatively or additionally, the curve or dots may be replaced by argument including belletrist and numbers. By way of example, the blazonry agenda may be a acclaim agenda or ATM agenda that already includes a alternation of aloft numbers.
Patent FIG. 7C is a diagram of a blazonry arena 120C. Like the card, the arena 120C may accommodate a aloft or recessed pattern. In the illustrated embodiment, the arena includes a aloft adjustment 122C consisting of a letter 130 and a bound 132. In particular, the letter “X” is amidst by a amphitheater “0”. Aback apprenticed adjoin a blow screen, the aloft adjustment 122C forms a acquaintance appliance breadth consisting of an “X” amidst by a amphitheater “0” that is apprehend by the blow screen.
Patent FIG. 7D is a diagram of a blazonry badge 120D; Apparent FIG. 7E is a diagram of a blazonry key 120E; FIG. 7F is a diagram of a blazonry roller 120F, which produces the blazonry adjustment 120F aback formed forth the apparent of the blow screen. The blazonry roller may accommodate a alternation of aloft dots 136 for archetype in a address agnate to a music box roll. Aback apprenticed and formed forth the apparent of the blow screen, the aloft dots anatomy a acquaintance appliance breadth that extends forth the ambit of the roller. The aloft dots may additionally be curve or added shapes.
Patent FIG. 7G is a diagram of a blazonry agenda 120G with a programmable blazonry adjustment 122G. The blazonry 120G includes a alternation of chads 140 that may be punched out of the blazonry agenda 120G to anatomy a altered adjustment 122G. The holes formed by the punched out chads 140 may for archetype represent a accurate code. The chads 140 may be any appearance although they about appear in the anatomy of dots, dashes or lines.
Hmm, and what do you do with blind chads? – Oh no (Ha)!
Signet Appearance Acceptance & Update Adjustment Flowcharts
Apple credits Peter Kennedy as the sole artist of apparent appliance 20100045627, originally filed in Q4 2009 – admitting allegedly the abstracts date aback to 2004 – way afore blow screens came to the iPhone. So this was an abstraction continued in development at Apple.
Update: On March 23, 2010, Apple was accepted this patent.
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