Proximity detector in handheld device

  • US 10,042,418 B2
  • Filed: 11/14/2013
  • Issued: 08/07/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A proximity detection system, comprising:

  • a touch sensitive surface;

    a display;

    one or more proximity sensors configured for generating one or more proximity sensing fields above the touch sensitive surface; and

    a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more proximity sensors, the processor capable ofreceiving one or more proximity inputs from the one or more proximity sensors,detecting a plurality of objects hovering above the touch sensitive surface,displaying, on the display, one or more graphical user interface (GUI) elements, wherein displaying the one or more GUI elements comprises;

    displaying, on the display, a first GUI element having a first element type based on a first location of at least one of the plurality of hovering objects;

    detecting movement of the at least one of the plurality of hovering objects from the first location to a second location; and

    in response to detecting the movement;

    ceasing display of the first GUI element; and

    displaying, on the display, a second GUI element having a second element type based on the second location,identifying a gesture from the detected plurality of objects hovering above the touch sensitive surface, anddetermining an operation to be performed in accordance with the identified gesture.

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