Determining spatial relationships between housings of a mobile device

  • US 10,498,380 B2
  • Filed: 03/03/2016
  • Issued: 12/03/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/03/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile device comprising:

  • a plurality of housings that are connected, one to another, using a flex structure that is bendable to permit the plurality of housings to rotate in relation to each other;

    a first visually continuous display device disposed over the plurality of housings and the flex structure and configured to bend along with the flex structure;

    first and second accelerometers that are disposed at opposing ends of the plurality of housings;

    a second visually continuous display device disposed over one or more of the housings opposite the first visually continuous display device, wherein the second visually continuous display device is configured to receive input for interacting with the first visually continuous display device; and

    a module implemented at least partially in hardware, the module configured to;

    determine a spatial relationship of the plurality of housings, the spatial relationship indicating that one of the plurality of housings and a second one of the plurality of housings are parallel, one to another, and that the first visually continuous display device is partially, but not completely occluded by a portion of the plurality of housings, based at least in part on inputs received from the first and second accelerometers,determine that additional information is needed to determine a viewing mode of the mobile device, the viewing mode of the mobile device based on a relative proportion of the first visually continuous display device that is not occluded by the portion of the plurality of housings;

    receive, responsive to determining the additional information is needed, the additional information from at least one other sensor, the additional information including the relative proportion of the first visually continuous display device that is not occluded by the portion of the plurality of housings,determine the viewing mode based on the spatial relationship and the additional information; and

    enable interaction with the relative proportion of the first visually continuous display device that is not occluded by the portion of the plurality of housings, via the second visually continuous display device.

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