Input apparatus and button arrangement for handheld device

  • US 10,353,565 B2
  • Filed: 06/18/2018
  • Issued: 07/16/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A portable electronic device, comprising:

  • a movable circular ring, the movable circular ring coupled to one or more movement detection sensors such that movement of the movable circular ring enables generation of one or more first input signals;

    a central touch sensitive area enclosed by the movable circular ring and configured such that a touch on the central touch sensitive area enables generation of one or more second input signals; and

    an annular area between the movable circular ring and the central touch sensitive area, the annular area having a touch-sensitive outer surface coupled to a plurality of sensors and configured such that contact of an object with the touch-sensitive outer surface enables generation of one or more third input signals;

    wherein at least one of multiple device functions is enabled by at least one of the one or more first input signal, the one or more second input signals, and the one or more third input signals.

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