Method and apparatus for use of rotational user inputs

  • US 7,710,409 B2
  • Filed: 12/13/2006
  • Issued: 05/04/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A handheld media device comprising:

  • a storage device configured to store a plurality of media items;

    a display screen that displays a portion of the media items at a time;

    a rotational input device configured to receive input via a surface perpendicular to a rotational axis of the rotational input device and configured to enable a user to scroll via a continuous rotational action through a list of media items stored on the device and identify a particular media item from the list, wherein the display screen is configured to provide visual feedback of what media item has been identified, the input represents a distance to be traversed in the list, and the portion of media items displayed on the display screen changes as the user scrolls through the list;

    a button disposed inside the perimeter of the rotational input device configured to select a media item to play;

    a processor configured to play the selected media item; and

    an audio delivery device configured to output audio signals.

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