Gesture sensitive buttons for graphical user interfaces

  • US 5,612,719 A
  • Filed: 04/15/1994
  • Issued: 03/18/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/03/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A gesture sensitive button for a graphical user interface comprising:

  • a digital processor,a display screen coupled to said digital processor;

    a pointer for pointing to locations on said display screen;

    a button image displayed on said display screen, said digital processor being responsive without any intermediate input to at least two different button gestures made by said pointer on said display screen at any location over said button image; and

    gesture recognition means for detecting gestures made on said display screen by said pointer and operative to initiate a process in said digital processor that is determined by a recognizable button gesture made with said pointer on said display screen which selects said button image and which has meaning to said digital processor based upon a context associated with said button image wherein the gesture recognition means is arranged such that the function associated with each of said button gestures will be initiated and executed in an identical manner regardless of the location over the button image that the gesture was made,wherein said digital processor is operable such that when said gesture recognition means recognizes a particular recognizable button gesture for said button image, said digital processor provides feedback relative to said button confirming that said button image has been selected, said feedback relative to said button also indicative of the particular function associated with said particular recognizable button gesture.

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