Method and system for controlling user interaction in a digital imaging device using dynamic overlay bars

  • US 6,486,914 B1
  • Filed: 02/27/1998
  • Issued: 11/26/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for controlling user interaction in a digital imaging device using dynamic overlay bars, the digital imaging device including a display, a first function key, and at least two operating modes for capturing, storing, and reviewing the images, the method comprising the steps of:

  • a) displaying mode-specific information on a first overlay bar that is displayed translucently over a current image in the display;

    b) displaying a mode-specific function label corresponding to the first function key in a second overlay bar, wherein the mode-specific function label indicates which one of a plurality of predefined functions is assigned to the first function key;

    c) dynamically changing the mode-specific information and the mode-specific function label during operation of the digital imaging device to automatically guide a user through operation of the digital imaging device; and

    d) automatically changing the predefined function assigned to the first function key and the mode-specific function label based on conditions existing in the digital imaging device.

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