Back-side interface for hand-held devices

  • US 9,727,082 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2007
  • Issued: 08/08/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/26/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating a hand-held electronic device, the hand-held electronic device comprising a display element on a first surface of the hand-held electronic device and a touch surface on a second surface of the hand-held electronic device, the touch surface including at least one physical representation of a control element etched into the touch surface, the method comprising:

  • detecting a contact on the physical representation of the control element on the touch surface;

    displaying a virtual representation of the control element on the display element in response to detecting the contact on the physical representation of the control element on the touch surface;

    detecting a movement of the contact on the touch surface; and

    adjusting a display position of a cursor in response to the movement of the contact such that the display position of the cursor on the displayed virtual representation of the control element is coincident with a location of the contact on the physical representation of the control element on the touch surface.

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