Electronic device having display and surrounding touch sensitive bezel for user interface and control

  • US 7,656,393 B2
  • Filed: 06/23/2006
  • Issued: 02/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An electronic device, comprising:

  • a display positioned on the electronic device and having a perimeter;

    at least one touch sensitive surface positioned outside a display surface on the electronic device adjacent at least a portion of the perimeter of the display; and

    processing circuitry operatively connected to the display and to the at least one touch sensitive surface, the processing circuitry configured to;

    designate at least one area of variable size and position of the at least one touch sensitive surface for at least one control, the position and size of the at least one designated area is dependent on the context or content of what is on the display;

    generate at least one visual guide for the at least one control; and

    present the at least one visual guide for display at a location on the display adjacent the at least one area designated for the at least one control.

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