Controlling device with dual-mode, touch-sensitive display

  • US 7,782,309 B2
  • Filed: 04/16/2008
  • Issued: 08/24/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/09/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for using a universal controlling device comprised of a display having a touch-sensitive surface to transmit data to one or more appliances located remotely from the controlling device, comprising:

  • causing one or more graphical user interfaces comprised of graphical user interface icons to be displayed in the display of the universal controlling device;

    accepting via the touch-sensitive surface of the universal controlling device a first input type indicative of a selection of a displayed graphical user interface icon;

    causing the universal controlling device to transmit to the one or more appliances first data representative of the displayed graphical user interface icon selected by the first input type;

    accepting via the touch-sensitive surface of the universal controlling device a second input type indicative of a motion made across the touch-sensitive surface;

    causing the universal controlling device to transmit to the one or more appliances second data representative of the motion made across the touch-sensitive surface provided by the second input type; and

    causing the universal controlling device to distinguish the first input type received via the touch-sensitive surface from the second input type received via the touch-sensitive surface.

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