Page turner for handheld electronic book reader device

  • US 8,018,431 B1
  • Filed: 03/29/2006
  • Issued: 09/13/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/29/2006
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An electronic book reader device, comprising:

  • an electronic paper display to present text or graphical content;

    a keyboard to facilitate user input to the device reader;

    a page turner separate from the electronic paper display and the keyboard, the page turner being configured to detect a human gesture to turn a page of the content, the page turner comprising a non-rotatable-tactile member comprising at least one flexible raised and elongated ridge formed of a flexible material and having an immovable base that is fixed to a housing, the tactile member disposed immediately between at least two sensors that detect the human gesture and initiate the turn of the page of the content, the tactile member being free of sensors while providing haptic feedback by deformation of the flexible material when the human gesture moves across the at least two sensors in a horizontal direction; and

    the housing to hold the electronic paper display, the keyboard, and the page turner.

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