WO2007034457A1 - Presentation on a stationary device of information transmitted from a portable device - Google Patents

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WO2007034457A1
WO2007034457A1 PCT/IB2006/053461 IB2006053461W WO2007034457A1 WO 2007034457 A1 WO2007034457 A1 WO 2007034457A1 IB 2006053461 W IB2006053461 W IB 2006053461W WO 2007034457 A1 WO2007034457 A1 WO 2007034457A1
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Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis
Elmo Marcus Attila Diederiks
Lucas Jacobus Franciscus Geurts
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Abstract

This invention provides a system, apparatus and method that uses an amount of time that a portable device (401) is 'associated' with a stationary display (102) as an indicator of how prominently and at what screen location a window (101) presenting a content (302) transferred from the portable device 401 should be presented by the stationary display (102). Preferably this prominence is reflected by the size of the content window 101, which can gradually grow from a small picture - in-picture (PIP) (101) to a full-screen as long as the association takes place, i.e., it is maintained by a viewer. The association of the portable device 401 is an ad-hoc link and can be made in various ways, for instance, by touchlinking or by keeping a connect button pressed on the portable device 401 while pointing the portable device at the stationary display (102) or by using RFID tags and readers, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, and InfraRed communication with a limited range. Further, in an alternative embodiment, audio can be presented by a stationary device using the same 'touch' approach to establish an ad-hoc link between a portable device (e.g., portable MP3 player) and a stationary audio reproduction system.

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PRESENTATION ON A STATIONARY DEVICE OF INFORMATION TRANSMITTED FROM A PORTABLE DEVICE

The present invention relates to a system, apparatus, and method that determine the size of a presentation of information by a stationary device transmitted from a portable device to the stationary device via an ad-hoc connection.

Ad-hoc networking possibilities allow portable devices to easily connect to

10 other devices. For instance, a portable device could ad-hoc connect to a stationary display 102 in order to "mirror" the content currently displayed on the display of the portable device. This is especially useful in a social context where people want to simply render some content from their portable device to share the content with other people in the room, e.g., a text message, an MMS picture or a video or an audio,

15 without the limitation of the portable device being imposed on multiple users, e.g., the tiny mobile device display.

Various user interaction concepts have been proposed that allow easy initiation of such an ad-hoc connection. For instance, one proposal allows a user to simply "touch" or "near-touch" (an area of) a stationary display to set up a

20 communication link and instantly transfer the content from the portable device to the stationary display 102 (this is referred to as "TouchLinking" hereinafter). TouchLinking can be enabled in various ways, e.g., by simple RFED tags and readers, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, or InfraRed communication with a limited range.

25 Throughout the discussions that follow, emphasis is placed on streaming a video and a stationary display. However, those skilled in the art will realize that the invention presented applies equally to a streamed audio tape?. The streaming video discussion is for explanatory purposes only and is not intended to be limiting in any sense. Further, one skilled in the art will also realize that using the system, apparatus

30 and method of the present invention in any other content, such as a picture or text message, can be transferred to the stationary device.

The TouchLink concept is quite powerful; however, this concept must support a wide variety of user situations in which a user wants to show content from the portable device on the stationary display 102. In many cases the stationary display 102 will have the function of a television, meaning that television content or other content is already presented on the stationary display 102 at the same time that a touchlink is made. While touchlinking, the intention of the user can vary among the following actions:

(1) simply and briefly "flashing" a photo in a picture-in-picture (PIP) 101 for a previously determined amount of time;

(2) presenting the content from the portable in a split-screen using half the size of the screen; and

(3) presenting the content from the portable in a full screen and thereby overriding the currently presented content.

The system, apparatus, and method of the present invention provide a simple and intuitive way for a user to indicate how prominently the content from the portable device 401 should be presented on a stationary display 102 in these situations, by using the duration of a "touch" 402 of the portable device 401 to the stationary display 102. The location of the stationary display 102 is alternatively indicated by the location of the "touch" 402.

FIG. 1 illustrates a half-screen display transmitted by touchlinked communication from a portable device on a stationary display;

FIG. 2 shows a flow diagram of the method of determining the size of the display according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 illustrates an apparatus for determining the size of a display of information transmitted by touchlinked communication from a portable display on the screen of a stationary display; and

FIG. 4 illustrates a system for displaying, in a variable-size window on a stationary display, information transmitted by a portable display by touchlinked communication. It is to be understood by persons of ordinary skill in the art that the following descriptions are provided for purposes of illustration and not for limitation. An artisan understands that there are many variations that lie within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims. Unnecessary detail of known functions and operations may be omitted from the current description so as not to obscure the present invention.

In a preferred embodiment, the amount of time that a portable device 401 is "associated" with a stationary display 102 is used as an indicator for how prominently the PIP 101 displaying the content from the portable device 401 should be presented. Preferably, the prominence is reflected by the size of the content window, which gradually grows from a small picture-in-picture (PIP) 101 to a full screen during the time in which the association takes place and remains at the final size until all the data is transmitted. The "association" of the portable device 401 can be made in various ways; for instance, in a preferred embodiment by touchlinking or by keeping a connect button pressed on the portable while pointing it at the stationary display 102.

Referring now to FIG. 2, an example using touchlink is illustrated. A viewer "touches" a portable device 401 to a stationary display 102 to initiate ad hoc touchlinked communication, at step 201. The "touched" stationary display 102 recognizes the "touch" as a request for ad hoc touchlinked communication, establishes a wireless touchlink with the portable device 401 and initiates a duration-of-touch timer, at step 202.

Then, at step 203, the portable device 401 transfers data to the stationary display 102 for presentation thereon. At step 204 the stationary device determines if the link initiation (a.k.a. proximity event) is continuing, i.e., still touching. The purpose is to determine whether or not the presentation of the transferred video should be enlarged/raised by a predetermined amount. If it is still touching, the stationary device increases at least one of the duration-of-touch timer and the size of PIP 101 displayed on a stationary device (or the volume of the audio played by the stationary device) by a predetermined amount or, in an alternative embodiment, maintains the presentation, at step 206. If the "touch" event (proximity action) has been terminated, then, at step 205, the completion of the transmission is checked and if data transfer is done, then termination options are performed at step 207. For example, if the "touch" was maintained an amount equal to a retention amount, then the display of the transmitted video is retained on the screen of the stationary display 102; otherwise the display is terminated. If data transfer is not done, then control is returned to step 203.

In an alternative embodiment the content from the portable device 401 is only presented as long as the portable device 401 is associated with, i.e., touching, the stationary display 102. This is especially an interesting solution for a scenario in which the transferred data is simply and briefly "flashed" as a PIP 101 for a short amount of time, and in this alternative it is relatively simple to initiate and end the content presentation on the stationary device 102. In this embodiment the user may have to perform an extra action (e.g., clicking a button) in order to make the content stay on the screen once the association is ended.

In a further alternative embodiment, a distinction is made between a volatile content flash and a permanent content link by using a time threshold. For instance, within the first 5 seconds the content grows from thumbnail to half-screen, when the association is stopped during these first 5 seconds, the content disappears from the screen, whereas after 5 seconds the content is made permanent on the screen without depending on the association action any longer. This transition from transitory to permanent may be indicated to the user in some way, e.g., visually (using an animation or icon, auditorily (a sound) or tactilely (a little vibration of the portable device 401).

In a preferred embodiment, a (small) content window appears proximate to the location at which the user actually "touchlinked" a screen. For instance, dependent on the exact implementation, touchlinking may be possible all around the stationary display 102 or only at the right side of the display. A sensor or sensor strip (e.g., touch or optical) 403 determines the location of the "touchlink" action (and possibly allows a user to move the window during association). This mechanism also allows a user to present the content window at a particular location of the screen, for instance, at the place where it does not overlap or disturb possible other content activities taking place on the stationary display 102. Referring now to FIGs. 3 and 4, an apparatus is shown in FIG. 3 for establishing and controlling an ad-hoc touchlinked communication for the purpose of transferring information from a portable device 401 to a stationary device 102, comprising the following: 1. a module such as a processor or dedicated chip 305 to control the overall touchlinking and displaying function;

2. a Presentation Size/Location/Volume Determination Module 303 to accept a description of a "touch" event (proximity action) and both size and locate a display 101 on the stationary device 102, or set an audio volume, in this case a stationary display device 102, further comprising the following: i. a Duration-of-Touch Timer 303.1 to keep track of the time that a touch event 301 has been in existence between the portable device 401 and the stationary display device 102; ϋ. a Display Memory 303.2 for accumulating the streamed data to be displayed on the stationary device in a window 101 so that it can be resized and transferred to a more persistent memory (not shown); and

3. a touchlink Control Module 304 to control the ad-hoc link and the streaming of data over the ad-hoc link from the portable device 401 to the stationary device 102 for display thereon 101, further comprising the following: ϋi. a Communication Control Module 304.2 for establishing and controlling the ad-hoc touchlink between the portable device 401 and the stationary display 102; and iv. A Presentation Control Module 304.1 that accumulates in the display memory 303.2 the transferred data 302 to be displayed as well as directing the location and the sizing/resizing/deleting 306 of the video display output in a window 101 by the Display Size/Location determination Module 303, the size and location according to user direction.

A system 400 is shown in FIG. 4, comprising a stationary display 102 having a touchstrip 403, and an apparatus 300 according to FIG. 3. The touchstrip 403 is used by a viewer to create a "touch" event (proximity action) and possibly locate the position of a PIP display 101 of video 302 to be transferred from a portable device 401 to the stationary display 102. Alternatively, the "touch" event can be created as a proximity action by establishing an ad-hoc link by using RFID tags and readers, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, and InfraRed communication with a limited range and placing the portable device 401 proximate to a stationary device 102 for presentation 101 thereon of data 302 transferred to the stationary device 101 over an ad-hoc link by the portable device 401.

In an alternative embodiment, the data transfer is generalized to touchlinking? by a portable device 401 with a stationary rendering system 102 in order to play some audio (e.g. music) on the stationary system 102 and let the duration time of the touchlink association determine the volume with which the audio is being played. Retouching would alternate between incremental lowering and raising of the volume (enlarging and shrinking the size of the display), depending on the duration of the "touch" event (proximity action) 402. In another alternative embodiment, any other content, such as a picture or text message, can be transferred from the portable device to the stationary device and the duration time of the touchlink association determines the size of the presentation by the stationary device.

After the touchlink, the portable device may continue and expand its role to one of a remote control for the transferred content activity. That is, after the touchlink is initiated the portable device can be used to pause, play, fast forward, rewind and replay, and change the volume of the transferred activity. The control of the stationary device may be restricted to the transferred content only and can be automatically ended when the transferred content activity is stopped While the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated and described, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the system, apparatus and method as described herein are illustrative, and various changes and modifications may be made and equivalents may be substituted for elements thereof without departing from the true scope of the present invention. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt the teachings of the present invention without departing from its central scope. Therefore, it is intended that the present invention not be limited to the particular embodiments disclosed as the best mode contemplated for carrying out the present invention, but that the present invention include all embodiments falling within the scope of the appended claims.

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1. An apparatus (400) to render data transferred (302) from a portable device (401) to a stationary device (10) for presentation in accordance with at least one user direction, comprising: a module (305) to control presentation of the transferred information from the portable device 401 by the stationary device (102); a presentation size/location/volume determination module (303) to accept a description of a proximity action by the portable device with respect to the stationary device and determine therefrom the at least one user direction for how to render (101) the transferred data (305) for presentation by the stationary device (102); and a touchlink control module (304) to establish and control an ad-hoc link and the transferring of data over the ad-hoc link from the portable device (401) to the stationary device (102) for presentation thereby (101).
2. An apparatus (300) according to claim 1, wherein the characteristics control module 303 further comprises: a timer (303.1) to keep track of a time that the proximity action (301) has been in existence between the portable device (401) and the stationary device (102); a presentation memory (303.2) for accumulating the transferred data to be rendered and presented by the stationary device; and wherein the presentation size/location/volume determination module (303) is further configured to vary a characteristic of the rendered transferred data accumulated in the presentation memory (303.2) in accordance with the value of the timer (303.1).
3. An apparatus (300) according to claim 1, wherein the touchlink control module (304) is further configured to include: a communication control module (304.2) for establishing and controlling the ad- hoc proximity link between the portable device (401) and the stationary device (102); and a presentation control module (304.1) that directs at least one of the positioning and the functions of enlarging/reducing/deleting (305) of the presentation output (101) by the presentation size/location/volume determination module (303), the positioning and functions being in accordance with at least one user direction and appropriate for the type of data transferred.
4. An apparatus (300) according to claim 3, wherein the characteristics control module (303) further comprises: a timer (303.1) to keep track of a time that the proximity action (301) has been in existence between the portable device (401) and the stationary device (102); a presentation memory (303.2) for accumulating the transferred data to be rendered and presented by the stationary device; and wherein the characteristics control module (303) is further configured to vary a characteristic of the rendered transferred data (306) accumulated in the presentation memory (303.2) in accordance with the value of the timer (303.1).
5. The apparatus (300) of claim 4, wherein the touchlink control module (304) is based on a proximity technology selected from the group consisting of touch and a touchstrip, an RFED tag and an RFED reader, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, and InfraRed communication with a limited range and the corresponding proximity action consists of placement of the portable device (401) proximate to the stationary device (102) such that an ad-hoc link is established therebetween.
6. The apparatus (300) of claim 5, wherein: the data stream transferred is selected from the group consisting of a video stream, a picture, a text message, and an audio stream; the corresponding presentation by the stationary device (102) is selected from the group consisting of a picture-in-picture display (101), a picture-in-picture display (101), and an audio rendering; and the corresponding presentation characteristic that is varied in accordance with the value of the timer (303.1) when the timer (303.1) exceeds a pre-determined minimum value and is canceled when transmission of the data is done (205) and the timer (303.1) is less than the pre-determined minimum value, is selected from the group consisting of the size of the display, the size of the display and the volume of the audio.
7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the portable device (401) further comprises a button (404) such that when the user depresses the button (404) the presentation on the stationary device (102) of data transmitted by the portable device (401) is terminated.
8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the portable device (401) assumes the role of a remote control for the transferred data and directs the presentation control module (304.1) to perform an operation with respect to the presentation of the transmitted data selected from the group consisting of pause, play, fast forward, rewind, rewind and play, and change of the volume.
9. A system (400) to render data (302) transmitted by a portable device (401) to a stationary device (10) and present the rendered data (306) in accordance with at least one user direction, comprising: a stationary presentation device (401) to present data (302) transmitted by a portable device (102), said presentation being in accordance with at least one user direction; and a presentation apparatus (300) operably connected to the stationary presentation device (401) and configured according to claim 1 to accept data (302) transmitted over an ad-hoc link from the portable device (302), render the accepted data (302) and direct the presentation of the rendered data (306) by the stationary presentation device (102).
10. A method (200) for rendering data transferred (302) from a portable device (401) to a stationary device (102) for presentation in accordance with at least one user direction, comprising the steps of: performing a proximity action by the portable device (102) with respect to the stationary device (401) to establish an ad-hoc link between the portable device (102) and the stationary device (401); the stationary device (401) accepting transmission of data (302) from the portable device (102) for rendering and presentation, thereby; rendering the accepted data (306); determining by the stationary device (102) the at least one user direction for how to present the rendered data (306)); and presenting (101) by the stationary device (102) the rendered data (306) in accordance with the at least one user direction.
11. The method (200) according to claim 10, further comprising the step of varying at least one characteristic of the presented data (306) in accordance with the duration of the proximity action (303.1), wherein the duration is the at least one user direction.
12. The method according to claim 11 , wherein: the data type is chosen from the group consisting of a video stream, an audio stream, a picture and a text message; the presenting step further comprises performing a set of steps corresponding to the chosen data type selected from the group consisting of: a. for video, picture, and text message data: a.l presenting by the stationary device (102) a picture-in-picture (PIP) display of the rendered data (101); and a.2. enlarging the (PIP) display when the duration of the proximity action exceeds a predetermined minimum time; and b. for audio data: b.l presenting by the stationary device (102) as an audio performance; and b.2 increasing the volume of the audio performance when the duration of the proximity action exceeds a predetermined minimum time; and immediately terminating the presentation by the stationary device (102) when the duration of the proximity action is less than or equal to the predetermined minimum.
13. The method of claim 12, further comprising the steps of: including in the portable device (401) a button (404); and when the included button (401) is depressed, terminating the presentation by the stationary device (102) of the rendered transferred data (306).
14. The method of claim 13, further comprising the step of the portable device assuming the role of a remote control with respect to the transferred data by performing the step of directing the stationary device (102) to perform an operation with respect to the presentation of the transmitted data selected from the group consisting of pause, play, fast forward, rewind, rewind and play, and change of the volume.
15. The method of claim 14, wherein the proximity action is based on a proximity technology selected from the group consisting of touch and a touchstrip, an RFED tag and an RFED reader, Near-field communication (NFC) technology, and InfraRed communication with a limited range and the corresponding proximity action further comprises the step of placing the portable device (401) proximate to the stationary device (102) such that an ad-hoc link is established therebetween for transmission of the data (302).
16. A computer program (200) that implements the method of claim 13 is executable by a processor (305) and comprises a presentation size/location/ volume determination module 303 including a duration-of-touch timer module (303.1) and a touchlink control module including (304) a communication control module (304.2) for establishing an ad-hoc link for transmission of the data from the portable device (102) to the stationary device (401) and a presentation control module (304.1) for controlling the presentation of the transferred data (306).
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