Interface for a virtual digital assistant

  • US 10,241,752 B2
  • Filed: 10/04/2013
  • Issued: 03/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of operating a digital assistant on a computing device having at least one processor, memory, and a video display screen, the method comprising:

  • displaying, at any time, a digital assistant object in an object region of the video display screen;

    receiving a speech input from a user;

    obtaining at least one information item based on the speech input;

    determining whether the at least one information item can be displayed in its entirety in a display region of the video display screen;

    upon determining that the at least one information item can be displayed in its entirety in the display region of the display screen, displaying the at least one information item in the display region, where the display region and the object region are displayed with a continuous background and without a border there between such that they are not visually distinguishable from one another; and

    upon determining that the at least one information item cannot be displayed in its entirety in the display region of the video display screen, displaying a portion of the at least one information item in the display region, where the display region and the object region are visually distinguishable from one another by visually marking a border between the display region and the object region; and

    when the entirety of the at least one information item cannot be displayed in the display region;

    receiving an input from the user to scroll through the at least one information item so as to display an additional portion of the at least one information item in the display region; and

    scrolling the portion of the at least one information item away from the object region so that the additional portion of the at least one information item appears to slide into view from under the object region.

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