Touch pad for handheld device

  • US 7,333,092 B2
  • Filed: 06/05/2007
  • Issued: 02/19/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A battery powered handheld electronic device that stores and plays media such as audio, video or images, the handheld electronic device comprising:

  • a memory device configured to store a plurality of media items in a digital format;

    a display configured to present a group of media items from the plurality of stored media items and to present a visual indicator that is capable of scrolling through the displayed group of media items in order to designate a specific media item from the group of media items; and

    an input arrangement including a curvilinear inner input region and one or more curvilinear outer input regions that provide control functions for operating the battery powered handheld electronic device, the outer input regions being disposed outside the inner input region, the inner input region including at least a touch pad configured to receive input from a sliding motion or a tapping motion of a finger, the sliding motion of the finger controlling the movement of the visual indicator through the group of media items, the tapping motion of the finger selecting the specific media item that is designated by the visual indicator.

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