Touch pad for handheld device

  • US 8,446,370 B2
  • Filed: 07/30/2007
  • Issued: 05/21/2013
  • 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

    a touch pad comprising a single continuous touch surface configured to receive input from a rotational sliding motion through 360 degrees of rotation without stopping and a tapping motion of a finger, the rotational 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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