Full touch screen interfaces are becoming more and more popular in various portable gadgets. But in addition to multiple benefits, they are presenting their own set of challenges as well.
One of them is the lack of logically separate areas between the display and data input/controls, which can make the operation of the devices a bit awkward.
Now Samsung has an idea of how to solve this problem, for it’s portable media players at least:
Just add a sliding ruler on the top of your full touch-screen PMP and you get the best of both worlds. Touch sensitive display area covering full screen of the device and a place for physical buttons to control the device.
What’s more, sliding ruler let’s you divide the screen into two distinct -display and data input/control – areas of variable size, which can be adjusted according to the user needs and PMP modes.
So now you can watch video in full screen mode and control it via buttons on the ruler. Then slide a ruler a bit to the left, making a space for your picture thumbnails, scroll through the pictures and check them out on the bigger screen on the left. After that slide the ruler still further to see your song collection with full song names on the right and album artwork on the left.
While it’s still just Samsung patent application, the idea itself looks pretty easy to implement. So I won’t be surprised if we’ll soon see the new full touchscreen Samsung PMP with such sliding ruler, in real life.
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