KR101717493B1 - Method and apparatus for providing user interface - Google Patents

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KR101717493B1
KR101717493B1 KR1020100066417A KR20100066417A KR101717493B1 KR 101717493 B1 KR101717493 B1 KR 101717493B1 KR 1020100066417 A KR1020100066417 A KR 1020100066417A KR 20100066417 A KR20100066417 A KR 20100066417A KR 101717493 B1 KR101717493 B1 KR 101717493B1
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Abstract

A method and apparatus for providing a user interface for displaying a user interface for a sub-element in an area adjacent to the user interface for the parent element.

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TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing a user interface,

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing a user interface, and more particularly, to a method and apparatus for providing a user interface that allows a user to more easily access a desired service.

As the performance of mobile devices has improved, the kinds of services available to users through mobile devices have also been diversified. In order to utilize various services through a relatively small screen of mobile devices, a user interface is required for quick and easy access to services.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention provides a method and apparatus for generating and displaying a user interface that maximizes user convenience, and a computer-readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program for executing the method have.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for providing a user interface including displaying a first user interface for an upper element including a plurality of sub-elements; And displaying a plurality of second user interfaces for the plurality of child elements in an area adjacent to the first user interface when the first user interface is selected.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the step of displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to the first user interface may include displaying the plurality of second user interfaces on at least more of the upper, lower, left, And displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to one of the plurality of second user interfaces.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the step of displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to the first user interface may include displaying at least one of upper, lower, left, and right And displaying the plurality of second user interfaces by unfolding the first user interface in an area adjacent to the first user interface.

According to still another embodiment of the present invention, the first user interface is displayed in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface to display the plurality of second user interfaces Moving the first user interface to the center of the screen; And displaying the plurality of second user interfaces by unfolding the first user interface in an area adjacent to at least one of the upper, lower, left, and right sides of the first user interface.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the step of moving the first user interface to the center of the screen includes a step of reducing the first user interface so that the plurality of second user interfaces can be displayed on the screen .

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the parent element is a keyword registered by a user or a recommended keyword, and the plurality of child elements are a plurality of content providers providing content related to the keyword. do.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the content related to the keyword includes at least one of news for the keyword, moving image for the keyword, and image for the keyword.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the parent element is a region name, and the plurality of child elements are categories of information related to the region.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the information related to the area includes at least one of the news of the area, restaurant information of the area, traffic information of the area, and ticket information that can be purchased in the area.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the parent element is a predetermined time, and the plurality of child elements are categories of information related to the time.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the information related to the time includes at least one of the following: movie information displayed in the movie theater at the time, program information broadcasted in the television at the time, ticket information related to the time, And information.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the parent element is interworking between devices, and the plurality of child elements is a kind of interworking between the devices.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the interworking between the devices may include a user interface for sharing music files between the devices, a user interface for sharing pictures, a user for sending and receiving vibe messages, An interface, and content for indicating the time at which the devices were located within a predetermined distance.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, the parent element is a favorite widget of the user, and the child element is a plurality of widgets preferred by the user.

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a user interface providing apparatus for generating a first user interface for an upper element including a plurality of sub-elements, and when the first user interface is selected A controller for generating a plurality of second user interfaces for the plurality of child elements in an area adjacent to the first user interface; And a display unit displaying the first user interface and the plurality of second user interfaces.

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a computer-readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program for executing a method of providing a user interface.

According to the present invention, a user can intuitively view and select a user interface for a parent element displayed on a screen and a user interface for a sub-element, so that the user can easily and quickly access necessary information or services.

In addition, according to the present invention, when selecting one central widget displayed on the screen, a plurality of peripheral widgets related to the central widget are provided, and each of the peripheral widgets receives various contents related to the central widget from the content provider, Lt; RTI ID = 0.0 > a < / RTI > content provider.

Figure 1A illustrates a user interface in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
1B is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying a first user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention.
1C illustrates a method for receiving updated content according to an embodiment of the present invention.
1D is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying a plurality of second UIs according to an embodiment of the present invention.
1E is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying content according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 illustrates a method for editing a user interface for a sub-element according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 illustrates a method of changing an upper element in a user interface for an upper element according to an embodiment of the present invention.
Figures 4A-4C illustrate the placement of a plurality of user interfaces for a user interface and sub-elements for an ancestor in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
Figure 5 illustrates returning to the user interface for an ancestor according to an embodiment of the present invention.
6A and 6B are views for explaining a method of selecting a plurality of user interfaces for a sub-element according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 7 illustrates a user interface for a keyword according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 8 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a keyword according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 9 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a keyword according to another embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 10 illustrates a user interface for a region name according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
11 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a region name according to an embodiment of the present invention.
12 illustrates a user interface for time according to one embodiment of the present invention.
13 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a time according to an embodiment of the present invention.
14A illustrates a user interface for interworking between devices in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 14B is a flowchart illustrating a data sharing method according to an embodiment of the present invention.
15A illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for interworking between devices in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
15B is a view for explaining a method of transmitting and receiving a vibration message according to an embodiment of the present invention.
15C is a diagram for explaining a method of providing a dating history service according to an embodiment of the present invention.
16 illustrates a user interface for a preferred widget according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 17 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a preferred widget according to an embodiment of the present invention.
18 is a flowchart illustrating a method of providing a user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 19 illustrates a user interface providing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.

FIG. 1A illustrates a user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention. The user interface can be a widget.

Referring to FIG. 1A, a user interface providing apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention displays a first user interface 110 for an upper element including a plurality of sub-elements on a screen 100.

The first user interface 110 is displayed on the screen together with other user interfaces required for using the device. An indicator for displaying the reception state of the mobile device and the battery remaining amount information is displayed on the upper part of the screen. And a soft key for executing a function available to the user on the current screen may be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The first user interface 110 may be a user interface for a key word registered by a user. The first user interface 110 of FIG. 1A is a user interface for a user's current keyword 'Beyonce'. The first user interface 110 also includes a user interface 112 for communicating updates of content associated with the keywords. The number of updated contents related to the keyword can be represented by a number. In FIG. 1A, it is reported that 29 pieces of content related to "Beyonce" have been updated. A method for displaying the updated number of contents will be described in detail with reference to FIG.

1B is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying a first user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention. As described above, the first user interface 110 of FIG. 1A includes a user interface 112 for informing an update of content associated with a keyword. The following method can be performed to display the user interface 112 for informing of the update.

In step 170, the device displays the first user interface 110 on the screen 100. An execution button for displaying the first user interface 110 on the screen or a first user interface 110 located on a tray or a pop-up menu is displayed in a drag and drop manner on the screen 100 , The first user interface 110 can be displayed on the screen 100. [

In step 172, the device requests content associated with the keyword from at least one content provider. The user requests at least one content provider the content associated with the keyword registered by the user or the keyword recommended by the device. The method of requesting the content will be described below with reference to FIG. 1C.

And stores content associated with the keyword received from at least one content provider at step 174. In response to the request of step 172, receives the content transmitted by at least one content provider, and stores the received content. The content may be various multimedia contents such as news, image, and video related to the keyword. Further, according to another embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to inquire only as to whether the content provider holds the updated content related to the keyword, without performing the request and reception of the content as in steps 172 and 174. Information on the last time point when the content is received in relation to the keyword is transmitted to at least one content provider and information on the presence or absence of updated content and information on the number of updated contents in response thereto can be received .

In step 176, the device determines in step 174 whether there is updated content in relation to the keyword based on the received content. If the received content differs from the previously stored content, it can be determined that the updated content exists. In addition, when information on the existence of updated content is received from the content provider, it can be determined based on the received information.

In step 177, the device determines the number of updated content. And determines the total number of updated content with respect to the keyword based on the content received from all the content providers. When information on the number of updated contents is received from the content provider, the information on the number of pieces of information from each content provider is summed to determine the total number of updated contents in relation to the keyword.

In step 178, the device displays the first user interface 110 on the screen. If the total number of updated contents in relation to the keyword is determined in step 177, information on the total number of updated contents is also displayed on the part 112 of the screen.

1C illustrates a method for receiving updated content according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 1C, the device receives content from at least one server 124, 134, 144, and 154. And receives updated content from at least one server operated by at least one content provider. Transmits the keyword (e.g., Beyonce) of the first user interface to at least one server (124, 134, 144, and 154) and receives updated content in response thereto. Content may be received from at least one server 124, 134, 144, and 154 in the form of XML (Extensible Markup Language) documents.

Referring again to FIG. 1A, when a user selects a first user interface 110 through a touch of a screen or another input device, a next screen 102 displays a first user interface 110 and a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150) are displayed. The plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface 110 as user interfaces associated with the sub-elements. A plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 120 are provided in an area adjacent to the first user interface 110 to indicate the relation between the lower elements of the second user interfaces 120 to 150 and the upper elements of the first user interface 110. [ 150) is displayed. In the embodiment of FIG. 1A, a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left, and right sides of the first user interface 110. The first user interface 110 is a user interface associated with a keyword or an ancestor, and the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are associated with a sub-element of a keyword, that is, Lt; / RTI >

Hereinafter, a case where a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left, and right sides will be described as an example. However, the adjacent area is not limited thereto, and may be displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface 110 in an arbitrary direction. For example, the second user interfaces 120 to 150 may be displayed in the upper left, lower left, upper right, and lower right of the first user interface 110. [

Adjacent areas may continue to expand. For example, a second user interface 120-150 is displayed in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left, right, upper left, lower left, right upper and right lower, and a second user interface 120 At least one further user interface may be additionally displayed in an area adjacent to the outer periphery. In addition, at least one other user interface in the diagonal direction including the upper left, lower left, upper right and lower right may additionally be displayed.

Content providers providing content related to an ancestor element "Beyonce " are set to child elements, and a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 120 for a plurality of content providers around a first user interface 110 for" Beyonce " 150) is displayed. Like the first user interface 110, the second user interfaces 120 to 150 may include user interfaces 122 and 152 for notifying the update of the content, respectively.

Various effects can be applied when a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed by changing from the screen 100 to the next screen 102. However, the first user interface 110 may extend in four directions, and the second user interfaces 120 to 150 may be displayed on the first user interface 110. In this case, the first user interface 110 expands in four directions, and a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed as if a folded book is opened. Also, according to another embodiment, the first user interface 110 slides in four directions, and a plurality of the second user interfaces 120 to 150 may be displayed.

If the first user interface 110 is not located at the center of the screen, the first user interface 110 is moved to the center of the screen and then a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in the adjacent area . The first user interface 110 located at the upper left of the screen 100 is moved to the center of the screen 102 and then the first user interface 110 is spread in four directions of up and down, (120 to 150).

If the size of the first user interface 110 is large, the first user interface 110 may be expanded in four directions, up and down and left and right, and the screen 102 may be crossed. Accordingly, according to an embodiment of the present invention, the first user interface 110 is moved to the center of the screen, and then the first user interface 110 is reduced. The first user interface 110 may be reduced so that the first user interface 110 and the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 may all be displayed on one screen 102, 110 may be unfolded to display a plurality of second user interfaces 120-150.

In the above, a case where a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in an adjacent area according to the selection of the first user interface 110 is shown. However, in a state where the first user interface 110 is not displayed on the screen 110, the first user interface 110 located in the tray or the pop-up menu is dragged and dropped to the screen 100 to automatically display a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 in an area adjacent to the first user interface 110 together with the first user interface 110. [ At this time, a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 may be displayed by unfolding the first user interface 110 that has been dragged and dropped as described above.

1D is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying a plurality of second UIs according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 1D, in step 180, the user of the device selects the first user interface 110 displayed on the screen. For example, the first user interface 110 displayed on the screen may be touched.

In step 182, the device determines for each of at least one content provider whether there is updated content. By selecting the first user interface 110, it is displayed on the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150, and each second user interface may include the updated number of contents 122 and 152. Thus, at step 182, the device determines whether there is updated content for each of the content providers. As described above with reference to FIG. 1B, when information on the presence or absence of updated content and information on the number of updated contents is received from at least one content provider, it can be determined based on the received information.

In step 183, the device determines for each of the content providers the number of updated content. When information on the number of updated contents is received from each content provider, the determination is made based on the received information.

In step 184, the device displays a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 on the screen 102, each of which displays the updated number of contents as shown in the second screen 102 of FIG. A plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed in an adjacent area together with the first user interface 110. [

Referring again to FIG. 1A, when a user selects one user interface on the screen 102 on which the first user interface 110 and the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 are displayed, a next screen including specific contents (104) is displayed.

On the screen 104, small images and summary information related to "Beyonce " are listed and displayed in a predetermined order. The order may be determined based on the updated time, or may be listed in the order of the content providers. 1A shows a case where the user selects the first user interface 110 on the previous screen 102. The second user interface 120 to 150 for the specific content provider on the previous screen 102 ), The content of all the content providers is displayed.

In addition, the screen 104 may include a user interface for changing the parent element. A user interface is displayed that allows you to change the parent element from "Beyonce" to "Chelsea" or "Brittany" on the screen where the content is displayed. Thereby preventing the inconvenience of having to return to the initial screen 110 for changing the parent element.

1E is a flowchart illustrating a method of displaying content according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 1E, in step 190, the device displays a first user interface 110 and a plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 on the screen. A plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 may be displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface 110 as described above with reference to FIG. Each of the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 is a user interface associated with a predetermined content provider.

At step 192, the user of the device selects one of the first user interface 110 and the plurality of second user interfaces 120-150. The user interface can be selected by touching one of the first user interface 110 and the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150. [

If the user selects the first user interface 110 at step 192, then at step 194 the device retrieves all content associated with the keyword. Retrieves all content related to the keyword based on the content received from the servers (124, 134, 144, and 154) operated by the plurality of content providers. The user selects the first user interface 110 related to the keyword other than the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 related to the specific content provider at step 192. Therefore, all the content is searched regardless of the content provider. It is possible to search content stored in the storage unit of the device previously received from the plurality of servers 124, 134, 144, and 154 or select the user first user interface at step 192, To the servers 124, 134, 144, and 154 of the server, and may receive the content in response to the request.

If the user selects one of the plurality of second user interfaces 120 to 150 in step 192, then in step 196, the device retrieves the content provided by the content provider of the selected second user interface among the contents associated with the keyword. As shown in FIG. 1A, the second user interface 120-150 is associated with a content provider, which is a sub-element of a keyword, so that the selection of one of the user's second user interfaces 120-150 is based on the content of a particular content provider Is a selection for displaying on the screen. Therefore, the device searches only the content related to the specific content provider which is a sub-element of the content related to the keyword that is the parent element. The content stored in the storage unit of the device may be retrieved in advance from the plurality of servers 124, 134, 144 and 154. If the user of the step 192 selects the predetermined second user interface, To the server operating the content provider associated with the selected second user interface, and in response to the request. In step 198, the device displays the content retrieved in step 194 or step 196 on the screen. If the content of all the content providers is found in step 194, all content related to the keyword is displayed on the screen. If the content of the specific content provider is found in step 196, only the content related to the keyword received from the specific content provider is displayed on the screen .

FIG. 2 illustrates a method for editing a user interface for a sub-element according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 2, it is possible to add and delete a second user interface for a sub-element. A second user interface for a sub-element can be added by selecting a second user interface from a tray displayed at a lower portion of the screen and arranging the second user interface at a position adjacent to the first user interface.

The second user interface may be added by selecting one of the second user interfaces of the tray and selecting the position where the second user interface is to be placed or by dragging and dropping the second user interface of the tray to a predetermined position & drop) to add a second user interface.

In FIG. 2, a second user interface 210 for "facebook " is dragged from a content provider, which is a sub-element for providing content related to a parent element" Beyonce " User interface 212 is added.

FIG. 3 illustrates a method of changing an upper element in a user interface for an upper element according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 3, the user can change the parent element in the user interface for the parent element, that is, the screen 100 in which only the first user interface 110 is displayed. In order to provide access to a plurality of parent elements through a limited screen, it is preferable to display only one first user interface 310 on the screen and change the parent element. Accordingly, the first user interface 310 includes the user interfaces 320 and 330 for changing the parent element.

As the user selects the user interfaces 320 and 330 for changing the parent element in the screen 100, the first user interface 310 on the next screen 106 is changed to the user interface for "Audi A6" .

4A-4C illustrate a first user interface for an ancestor element and a plurality of second user interface elements for a child element in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. Figures 4A-4C illustrate the case where the user interface is a widget.

4A shows a case in which second widgets for sub-elements are placed on at least one of the top, bottom, left and right sides of a first widget for an ancestor element as described above with respect to Figs. 1A, 2 and 3 . The shapes of the first widget and the second widget are the same in the rectangle, and the sizes are the same.

4B shows a case where second widgets of various sizes are arranged in an area adjacent to the first widget for the parent element. The shapes of the second widgets are also different from the first widget in a circle.

4C shows a case where a plurality of first widgets for an upper element are displayed on the same screen. The arrangement of the second widgets is the same as that shown in FIG. 4A, but the first widget as well as other first widgets are displayed together on one screen.

5 illustrates a return to a first user interface for an ancestor according to an embodiment of the present invention.

A user selects a first user interface 510 as described above with respect to FIG. 1A, a plurality of second user interfaces 520-550 for a plurality of child elements associated with the parent element of the first user interface 510 Is displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface 510. [ At this time, if the user selects an area where the first user interface 510 and the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 are not displayed, the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 disappear, Only the interface 510 is displayed.

The plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 may disappear from the screen by touching an area where the first user interface 510 and the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 are not displayed.

If a plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 are displayed and there is no user input for a predetermined period of time, the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 may disappear. For example, when the first user interface 510 and the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 are not used during the authorization time, the plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 may be connected to the first user interface 510 , The plurality of second user interfaces 520 to 550 may disappear.

6A and 6B are views for explaining a method of selecting a plurality of user interfaces for a sub-element according to an embodiment of the present invention.

It is possible to select and place a second user interface for the child element using drag and drop as described above with reference to FIG. However, according to another embodiment of the present invention, as shown in FIG. 6A, among the plurality of second user interfaces (widgets) displayed on the main screen other than the tray, User interfaces can be selected. The user merely selects a plurality of second user interfaces to be displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface, and the arrangement of the plurality of second user interfaces is performed by a predetermined criterion.

In addition, as shown in FIG. 6B, a check box may be checked in a list of a plurality of second user interfaces (widgets) to select a plurality of second user interfaces to be displayed in an area adjacent to the first user interface.

FIG. 7 illustrates a user interface for a keyword according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 7, the first user interface 710 may be a user interface for a keyword. The keyword may be a keyword registered by the user in the device in which the user interface is displayed or a recommended keyword. The user can register a keyword that is desired to continuously provide information through a predetermined user interface.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, a keyword may be recommended to the user by the device according to a predetermined algorithm. The keyword can be recommended by analyzing the user's tendency such as the current location of the user's device, the address of the user, and the hobby of the user. In addition, the communication service provider providing the mobile communication service may analyze the user's tendency and recommend the keyword related to the first user interface 710.

If the keyword that the user desires to continuously receive relevant information is the parent element, the content provider that provides the content related to the keyword may be a child element. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 7, news related to keywords such as "Yahoo", "CNN showbiz", "YouTube", "Flickr", "Popeater", "E!", "Digg" The content provider that provides the image may be a child element.

Accordingly, if the first user interface 710 is a user interface for a parent element called a keyword, a plurality of user interfaces for a sub-element called a content provider are displayed in the regions 720 to 750 adjacent to the first user interface 710 .

FIG. 8 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a keyword according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 8, a first user interface 710 and a plurality of second user interfaces 720 to 750 are displayed on a screen 810.

When the user selects the first user interface 710 located at the center on the screen 810, at least one content related to the keyword registered by the user is displayed. Since the user has not selected the second user interface 720-750, the content of all the content providers is displayed on the screen 820. [

When displaying the content, the content of the content provider having the most recent use frequency may be located at the upper part. If the user has recently used the content of the "YouTube " content provider a lot, the content of the" YouTube "content provider is above the content of the other content providers in screen 830.

FIG. 9 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a keyword according to another embodiment of the present invention.

If the user selects a second user interface 720 for a particular content provider rather than selecting a first user interface 710 on screen 810, then at least one content of the selected content provider (e.g., "Yahoo & And is displayed on the screen 840. When the user selects one of the contents of the selected content provider based on the summary information displayed on the screen 840, the entire contents of the content are displayed on the screen 850.

FIG. 9 illustrates an example in which a user selects a second user interface 720 for a content provider providing news. However, if the user selects a second user interface 740 or 750 for a content provider providing a moving picture or a picture, a screen 840 on which the summary information of the content is displayed and a screen 850) may be different.

For example, if the user selects a second user interface 750 for "YouTube" that provides a video, summary information of at least one video associated with the keyword is displayed on screen 840, ), The selected moving image is reproduced in the next screen 850. Similarly, if the user selects a second user interface 740 for "Flickr" to provide an image, a thumb-nail of at least one image associated with the keyword is displayed on screen 840, When the user selects a specific image on the screen 840, the selected image on the next screen 850 can be enlarged and displayed.

FIG. 10 illustrates a user interface for a region name according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 10, the first user interface 1010 may be a user interface for a region name. If the region name that the user desires to receive the related information is a parent element, then the category of information associated with the region name may be a child element. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 10, the category of information related to the area name such as "Tickets", "Local News", "Restaurant", "Traffic", "Crimes", "Jobs", and "Weather"

Thus, if the first user interface 1010 is a user interface for an ancestor element called a local name, then the regions 1020 to 1050 adjacent to the first user interface 1010 are provided with a plurality of The user interface may be displayed.

&Quot; Local "is a category for news in the area, and" Restaurants "is a category for restaurants, bars, ), Stores, and the like. &Quot; Traffic "is a category for traffic information in the area," Crime "is a category for information on crime records and crime zones in the area, Is a category for weather information in the area.

11 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a region name according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 11, a first user interface 1010 and a plurality of second user interfaces 1020 to 1050 are displayed on a screen 1010.

When the user selects the first user interface 1010 located at the center on the screen 1010, at least one information related to the area name registered by the user is displayed. Since the user has not selected the second user interfaces 1020 to 1050, information of a plurality of categories is displayed on one screen 1120. Multiple categories of summary information may be displayed on a map of the area.

Information of a specific category set as default can be displayed on the screen. For example, "Local News" may be displayed on the screen 1130 in accordance with the setting of the user or the setting of the device.

If the user does not select the first user interface 1010 on the screen 1110 and selects the second user interface for the specific category, only the information of the selected category is displayed on the screen.

For example, when the user selects the second user interface 1020 for the "Tickets" category, a screen for selecting one category of a concert, athletic event, exhibition, or movie in the area is displayed. When the user selects a category of one of a concert, athletic event, an exhibition, or a movie, detailed information on the ticket of the selected category is displayed on the screen.

When the user selects the second user interface 1030 for the "Local News" category, summary information of at least one local news is displayed on the screen. When the user selects one news based on the summary information, the entire information of the selected news is displayed on the screen.

When the user selects the second user interface 1040 for the category "Restaurants," summary information such as restaurants, bars, stores, etc. is displayed on the screen. When the user selects one place based on the summary information, detailed information including the location of the selected place and the telephone number is displayed on the screen. At this time, a review of people who visited the previously selected place may also be displayed. Also, the user interface for dialing or map view may be displayed on the screen together with detailed information so that the user can easily place a call to the selected place or confirm the location.

When the user selects the second user interface 1050 for the "Traffic" category, information on traffic conditions may be added on the map of the area and displayed on the screen.

12 illustrates a user interface for time according to one embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 12, the first user interface 1210 may be a user interface for a predetermined time. If the particular time that the user desires to be provided with relevant information is a parent element, then the category of information associated with that particular time may be a child element. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 12, categories of information related to a specific time, such as "Tickets", "Movies", "Weather", "TV EPG", and "Alarm"

Thus, if the first user interface 1210 is a user interface to an ancestor element such as time, then the regions 1220-1250 adjacent to the first user interface 1210 may have a plurality of The user interface may be displayed.

"Tickets" is a category for information such as concerts, athletics, and exhibitions that can be viewed at a specific time entered by the user. "Movie" is a category for movie information that can be viewed at a specific time. "TV EPG" It is a category for program information broadcast at a specific time. "Weather" is a category for weather information at a specific time, and "Alarm" is a category for alarm setting at a specific time.

13 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a time according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 13, a first user interface 1210 and a plurality of second user interfaces 1220 to 1250 are displayed on a screen 1310.

When the user selects the first user interface 1210 located at the center in the screen 1310, at least one information related to the time registered by the user is displayed. Since the user has not selected the second user interfaces 1220 to 1250, information of a plurality of categories is displayed on one screen 1320. Ticket information, movie information, broadcast program information, weather information, and the like at a specific time are displayed on one screen.

If the user does not select the first user interface 1210 on the screen 1310 and selects the second user interface for the specific category, only the information of the selected category is displayed on the screen.

For example, if the user selects a second user interface 1220 for the "Tickets" category, summary information about concerts, athletics, exhibitions, and the like starting at a specific time is displayed on the screen. Based on the summary information, when the user selects one of the concert, athletic event, or exhibition, the detailed information of the selected item is displayed on the screen. In addition, the user interface associated with the map can be displayed on the screen together with detailed information so that the selected concert, athletic event or exhibition place can be confirmed on the map.

When the user selects the second user interface 1230 for the "Movie" category, summary information of movies starting at a specific time is displayed on the screen. When the user selects one item based on the summary information, detailed information of the selected item is displayed on the screen. As with the second user interface 1220 for the "Ticket" category, a user interface associated with the map may also be displayed on the screen with detailed information so that the location where the selected movie is displayed can be viewed on the map.

If the user selects the second user interface 1240 for the "Weather" category, information about the weather at a specific time is displayed on the screen. Because the weather may be different for each time zone, information on the weather of the specific time registered by the user is displayed on the screen.

When the user selects the second user interface 1250 for the "TV EPG" category, summary information about programs broadcast at a specific time is displayed on the screen. When the user selects one broadcast program based on the summary information, detailed information of the selected program is displayed on the screen. A user interface for setting an alarm to sound at a start time of a selected broadcast program to call the user of the start of the selected broadcast program may be displayed on the screen together with detailed information.

14A illustrates a user interface for interworking between devices in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 14A, the first user interface 1410 may be a user interface for interworking between devices. If interworking between devices is a parent element, then the type of interworking can be a sub-element. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 14A, devices such as "Music share", "Photo share", "Date history", "Vibe message", "Wishlist", "Scheduler", "D- May be a sub-element.

Therefore, if the first user interface 1410 is a user interface for an upper element of interlocking between devices, the regions 1420 to 1450 adjacent to the first user interface 1410 are provided with a plurality of The user interface may be displayed.

"Music share" is the sharing of music files between devices, "Photo share" is the sharing of photos between devices, "Date History" is the time when devices are located within a certain distance, recording of location, "Vibe Message" A "Wishlist" is a list of things you want to share. A "Scheduler" is a schedule. A "Distance Ruler" is a distance and direction measurement between devices. A "D-day" Flow calculation.

FIG. 14B is a flowchart illustrating a data sharing method according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 14B, interworking between devices based on the user interface shown in FIG. 14A can be performed based on position and time.

Users of device A 1470 and device B 1472 perform a predetermined action 1480 on device A 1470 and device B 1472 for sharing of data. Device A 1470 and device B 1472 may be struck against each other or may be shaken in a predetermined direction. The movement of device A 1470 and device B 1472 can be measured by an embedded gravity sensor.

When a predetermined action is performed by the user, device A 1470 and device B 1472 send information about the action to server 1474. Information about the location of the device A 1470 and the device B 1472 and the occurrence time of the device together when the information about the behavior is transmitted. The server 1474 determines whether or not the data of the device A 1470 and the device B 1472 can be shared with each other based on the information on the received behavior, the information on the location, do. It can be determined that the same actions are performed for the device A 1470 and the device B 1472 and are close to each other and the condition that the data can be shared is satisfied if the time at which the action is performed is the same . Server 1474 receives data from device A 1470 and sends it to device B 1472 and receives data from device B 1472 and sends the data to device A 1470. [ Lt; / RTI >

15A illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for interworking between devices in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 15A, a first user interface 1410 and a plurality of second user interfaces 1420 to 1450 are displayed on a screen 1510.

If the user selects the first user interface 1410 in the screen 1510, at least one summary information related to interworking between the devices is displayed. Since the user has not selected the second user interface 1420 to 1450, summary information related to the interworking between devices that have been executed in the past regardless of the type of interworking is displayed.

If the user does not select the first user interface 1410 on the screen 1510 and selects the second user interface for the specific category, only the information of the selected category is displayed on the screen.

For example, if the user selects the second user interface 1420 for "Music share ", a list of music files that have been shared with other devices in the past is displayed on the screen. A user interface for adding a share of a music file along with a list of music files can also be displayed on the screen. When one of the music files in the list is selected, the music file is reproduced and a user interface for controlling reproduction of the music file is also displayed on the screen. In addition, a user interface for real-time streaming of music files can also be displayed on the screen.

When the user selects the second user interface 1430 for "Photo share ", a list of photo files that have been shared with other devices in the past is displayed on the screen. A user interface for adding a share of a photo file with a list of photo files can also be displayed on the screen. When one of the photo files in the list is selected, the photo file is enlarged and displayed on the screen.

When the user selects the second user interface 1440 for "Vibe Message ", a user interface for transmitting the vibration message to another device is displayed on the screen. A user interface for generating a vibration message can be displayed on the screen so that the vibration message can be transmitted by adjusting the intensity of the vibration and the length of the vibration according to the preset rhythm or the rhythm set by the user.

15B is a view for explaining a method of transmitting and receiving a vibration message according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 15B, when a user of the device selects a user interface 1440 for transmitting and receiving a vibration message on the screen 1510 of the transmission device 1530, the intensity of vibration and the vibration message whose length is adjusted are received Device < / RTI >

When the voicemail message is transmitted / received via an internet protocol network (e.g., transmitting a voicemail message over the wireless LAN), the sending device 1530 transmits a vibrate message to the push server 1534 via the wireless LAN module Message. (E.g., an IP address or a personal identification number of the receiving device 1532) that can identify the receiving device 1532 along with the voicemail message to the push server 1534 so that the push server 1534 can send Thereby allowing the device 1530 to accurately convey the message. The push server 1534 may transmit the vibration message received from the transmitting device 1530 to the receiving device 1532 in a push manner. The network between the sending device 1530 and the push server 1534 and between the push server 1534 and the receiving device 1532 does not necessarily have to be an IP network but can be a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) ), A WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), or the like.

If the distance between the sending device 1530 or the receiving device 1532 is close enough that it is not necessary to use the push server 1534 it is possible to transmit the vibrate message directly using short range wireless communications such as bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, .

When the user selects the second user interface 1450 for "Date History ", a list of times when the user's device and other devices have been located within a predetermined distance in the past is displayed. A user interface for viewing a result of statistics of the time that was located within a predetermined distance based on the list and a user interface for viewing a location located within a predetermined distance from the specific device can also be displayed on the screen. Will be described in detail with reference to FIG. 15C.

15C is a diagram for explaining a method of providing a dating history service according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 15C, device A 1540 and device B 1542 transmit information about the location of the device to main server 1544, periodically and repeatedly, 1540) and device B (1542). The device A 1540 and the device B 1542 generate information about the location using the built-in GPS module and periodically transmit information about the generated location to the main server 1544.

The main server 1544 determines the distance between the device A 1540 and the device B 1542 based on the information received from the device A 1540 and the device B 1542, And the time and location at which the device B 1542 was located within a predetermined distance in the DB server 1548.

When the user of device A 1540 or device B 1542 selects the second user interface 1450 for the "Date History" of the user interface of FIG. 15A, device A 1540 or device B 1542, The DB server 1548 requests information on the time and location in which the device A 1540 and the device B 1542 are located within a predetermined distance and the DB server 1548 transmits the information to the device A 1540 To device B 1542.

16 illustrates a user interface for a preferred widget according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 16, the first user interface 1610 may be a user interface for setting a preferred widget. If the setting of the preferred widget is a parent element, in fact, the user may prefer a plurality of widgets to be sub-elements. Accordingly, if the first user interface 1610 is a user interface for a parent element of the preference widget, a widget frequently used by an actual user may be displayed in the areas 1620 to 1650 adjacent to the first user interface 1610 .

FIG. 17 illustrates a scenario for displaying a user interface for a preferred widget according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 17, a first user interface 1610 and a plurality of second user interfaces 1620 to 1650 are displayed on a screen 1710.

When the user selects the first user interface 1710 positioned at the center on the screen 1610, a user interface for setting the preferred widget is displayed. There is shown a user interface for selection of at least one widget to be located in areas 1620 to 1650 adjacent to user interface 1610. [

18 is a flowchart illustrating a method of providing a user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 18, in operation 1810, the user interface providing apparatus displays a first user interface for a parent element including a plurality of child elements. The user displays a user interface for at least one of a keyword, region name, time, interworking between devices, and setting of a preferred widget.

In step 1820, the user interface providing apparatus displays a plurality of second user interfaces for a plurality of child elements in an area adjacent to the first user interface, when the first user interface displayed in step 1810 is selected. A plurality of second user interfaces may be displayed in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left, and right sides of the first user interface 110 as shown in FIG. 4A. Also, as shown in FIG. 4B, it may display second user interfaces of a size and shape different from those of the first user interface.

A plurality of second user interfaces are displayed by exposing a first user interface to an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface. At this time, if the first user interface is not located at the center of the screen, the first user interface may be moved to the center of the screen, and then the first user interface may be opened. The first user interface may be moved to the center of the screen and then scaled down to expose the scaled first user interface to at least one of the upper, lower, left, and right sides.

FIG. 19 illustrates a user interface providing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 19, a user interface providing apparatus 1900 according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a control unit 1910, a communication unit 1920, and a display unit 1930.

The control unit 1910 generates a first user interface for the parent element and a plurality of second user interfaces for the child element. If the user interface displayed on the screen includes information received from an external server or device, the first user interface and the plurality of second user interfaces are created using the information received from the external server or the device through the communication unit 1920 do.

Generates a first user interface for the parent element, and, when the user selects the first user interface, generates a plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to the first user interface. A method for generating a first user interface and a plurality of second user interfaces has been described above.

The plurality of second user interfaces may be generated by spreading the first user interface on at least one of the upper, lower, left, and right sides of the first user interface.

The communication unit 1920 receives information necessary for creating a user interface from an external server or a device.

The display unit 1930 displays a first user interface and a plurality of second user interfaces under the control of the controller 1910. When the first user interface is selected and the controller 1910 generates a plurality of second user interfaces in a region adjacent to the first user interface, the first user interface and the second user interface are displayed. And displays a plurality of second user interfaces.

While the present invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to exemplary embodiments thereof, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the disclosed exemplary embodiments, but, on the contrary, Modification is possible. Accordingly, the spirit of the present invention should be understood only in accordance with the following claims, and all of the equivalent or equivalent variations will fall within the scope of the present invention. In addition, the system according to the present invention can be embodied as computer-readable codes on a computer-readable recording medium.

For example, a user interface provision device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include a bus coupled to each unit of the device as shown in Fig. 19, at least one processor coupled to the bus have. It may also include a memory coupled to the bus for storing instructions, received messages or generated messages and coupled to the at least one processor for performing the instructions as described above.

In addition, the computer-readable recording medium includes all kinds of recording apparatuses in which data that can be read by a computer system is stored. Examples of the recording medium include ROM, RAM, CD-ROM, magnetic tape, floppy disk, optical data storage, and the like. The computer-readable recording medium may also be distributed over a networked computer system so that computer readable code can be stored and executed in a distributed manner.

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  1. In a method of providing a user interface,
    Displaying a first user interface for an ancestor element comprising a plurality of child elements;
    Receiving the parent element via the first user interface;
    Acquiring update information of content related to the parent element and displaying a user interface indicating the update information on the first user interface; And
    And displaying a plurality of second user interfaces for the plurality of child elements in an area adjacent to the first user interface when the first user interface is selected.
  2. The method of claim 1, wherein displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to the first user interface comprises:
    And displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface.
  3. The method of claim 1, wherein displaying the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to the first user interface comprises:
    Wherein each of the plurality of user interfaces displaying update information corresponding to each of the plurality of second user interfaces is displayed on the plurality of second user interfaces based on the update information.
  4. The method as claimed in claim 2, wherein the step of displaying the plurality of second user interfaces by unfolding the first user interface in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface
    Moving the first user interface to the center of the screen; And
    And displaying the plurality of second user interfaces by unfolding the first user interface in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface, Delivery method.
  5. 5. The method of claim 4, wherein moving the first user interface to the center of the screen
    Further comprising reducing the first user interface so that the plurality of second user interfaces can be displayed on the screen.
  6. The method according to claim 1,
    The parent element is a keyword or a recommended keyword registered by the user,
    Wherein the plurality of sub-elements are a plurality of content providers that provide content related to the keyword.
  7. 7. The method of claim 6, wherein the content associated with the keyword is
    Wherein the user interface includes at least one of news about the keyword, moving image for the keyword, and image for the keyword.
  8. The method according to claim 1,
    Wherein the parent element is a local name,
    Wherein the plurality of sub-elements are categories of information related to the region.
  9. 9. The method of claim 8,
    Wherein the service information includes at least one of news of the area, restaurant information of the area, traffic information of the area, and ticket information that can be purchased in the area.
  10. The method according to claim 1,
    The upper element is a predetermined time,
    Wherein the plurality of sub-elements are categories of information related to the time.
  11. 11. The method of claim 10, wherein the information related to the time is
    Wherein the time information includes at least one of movie information that can be viewed at the time, program information to be broadcast on the television at the time, ticket information related to the time, and weather information of the time.
  12. The method according to claim 1,
    Wherein the parent element is an interworking between the devices,
    Wherein the plurality of sub-elements are types of interworking between the devices.
  13. 13. The method of claim 12, wherein interworking between the devices
    Wherein the user interface includes at least one of sharing a music file among the devices, sharing a picture, transmitting and receiving a vibe message, and recording the time and location at which the devices are located within a predetermined distance. .
  14. The method according to claim 1,
    The parent element is a setting of a user ' s favorite widget,
    Wherein the sub-element is a plurality of widgets preferred by the user.
  15. An apparatus for providing a user interface,
    Generating a first user interface for an ancestor element including a plurality of subelements, acquiring update information of content associated with the ancestor element received via the first user interface, A control unit for generating a plurality of second user interfaces for the plurality of sub-elements in an area adjacent to the first user interface, if selected; And
    And a display unit displaying the first user interface and the plurality of second user interfaces,
    Wherein the display unit displays a user interface representing the update information on the first user interface.
  16. 16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the plurality of second user interfaces
    And generates the plurality of second user interfaces in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface.
  17. 16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the display unit
    And displays each of a plurality of user interfaces representing update information corresponding to each of the plurality of second user interfaces on the plurality of second user interfaces based on the update information.
  18. 17. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the control unit
    And moving the first user interface to the center of the screen and unfolding the first user interface in an area adjacent to at least one of upper, lower, left and right sides of the first user interface, Wherein the user interface generating unit generates the user interface.
  19. 19. The apparatus of claim 18, wherein the controller
    And reduces the first user interface so that the plurality of second user interfaces can be displayed on the screen.
  20. 7. The method of claim 6, wherein the first user interface
    And a user interface capable of changing the keyword.
  21. 16. The method of claim 15,
    The parent element is a keyword or a recommended keyword registered by the user,
    Wherein the plurality of sub-elements are a plurality of content providers that provide content related to the keyword.
  22. 22. The system of claim 21, wherein the first user interface
    And a user interface capable of changing the keyword.
  23. A computer-readable recording medium storing a program for executing the method according to any one of claims 1 to 14 and 20.
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