WO2012043932A1 - Keyboard control device and method therefor - Google Patents

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WO2012043932A1
WO2012043932A1 PCT/KR2010/009084 KR2010009084W WO2012043932A1 WO 2012043932 A1 WO2012043932 A1 WO 2012043932A1 KR 2010009084 W KR2010009084 W KR 2010009084W WO 2012043932 A1 WO2012043932 A1 WO 2012043932A1
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박지환
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Abstract

The present invention relates to a keyboard control device and a method therefor enabling a user to easily and conveniently input a character by controlling a keyboard. To this end, the method for controlling a keyboard according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises a step for controlling the keyboard when an input window is selected, and displaying the controlled keyboard on the display unit.

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Keyboard control device and method thereof

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a keyboard control apparatus and a method thereof.

Generally, the keyboard control apparatus according to the prior art is fixedly displayed at a predetermined position on the display unit.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of the present invention is to provide a keyboard control method and a method of controlling a keyboard so that a user can conveniently and easily input characters.

A keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention includes a controller for detecting the position and size of the input window when an input window is selected and controlling the size of the virtual keyboard based on the position and size; And a display unit displaying the virtual keyboard whose size is controlled.

As an example related to the present invention, the controller may enlarge the size of the keyboard to the position of the input window.

The control unit may control the size of the keyboard so that the size of the keyboard matches the size of the display area of the display unit except for the area where the input window is displayed in the display area of the display unit, The keyboard can be displayed on the display unit.

A keyboard control apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention includes a display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected; And a control unit for controlling the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is multi-touched and displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the controller may enlarge or reduce the keyboard based on the first touch position and the second touch position sensed on the keyboard.

A keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention includes a motion sensor that detects a tilt of a terminal when an input window is selected; A controller for controlling the size of the keyboard according to the tilt of the terminal; And a display unit displaying the size-controlled keyboard.

As an example related to the present invention, the controller may enlarge or reduce the keyboard according to a change in the angle of the inclination detected when the input window is selected.

A keyboard control apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention includes a display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected; And a control unit for changing the type of the keyboard when the keyboard is slide-touched in a first predetermined direction, and displaying the changed keyboard on the display unit.

As an example related to the present invention, the controller may sequentially change the type of the keyboard every time the slide touch is repeated in the first predetermined direction.

As an example related to the present invention, the controller may control the size of the keyboard when sliding-touched in a second predetermined direction, and display the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.

As an example related to the present invention, the controller may change the display position of the keyboard by drag and drop.

A keyboard control apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention includes a display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected; And a controller for enlarging the vowel key when the consonant key in the keyboard is selected and enlarging the consonant key when the vowel key is selected.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, when the consonant key is selected, the controller may reduce the consonant key to a first preset size and enlarge the vowel keys to a second predetermined size. As an example related to the present invention, when the vowel key is selected, the controller may reduce the vowel key to a first predetermined size and enlarge the consonant keys to a second predetermined size.

The keyboard controller according to the embodiments of the present invention includes a controller for detecting the frequency of use of keys in the keyboard and controlling the size of the keys according to the detected frequency of use; And a display unit for displaying a keyboard having the size-controlled keys.

As one example related to the present invention, the keys may include one or more of character keys, symbol keys, and numeric keys.

A keyboard control apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention includes a display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected; And a control unit for detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard when the contact information is input to the input window and executing a predetermined function based on the detected touch movement locus.

As an example related to the present invention, the contact information may be any one of a name, a telephone number, and an e-mail address recorded in a contact directory.

As an example related to the present invention, the preset function may be any one of a text sending function, a telephone dialing function, and an e-mail sending function.

A keyboard control apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention includes a display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected; And a control unit for detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard and displaying the information previously input to the input window based on the detected touch movement locus on the display unit.

As an example related to the present invention, the control unit may display information previously inputted in the input window on the display unit in order according to the frequency of use.

A keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention includes a motion sensor that detects a tilt of a terminal when an input window is selected; A controller for changing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard according to the inclination of the terminal; And a display unit for displaying a keyboard on which the number of key arrangements is changed.

A method of controlling a keyboard according to embodiments of the present invention includes: detecting a position and a size of the input window when an input window is selected; Controlling the size of the virtual keyboard based on the location and size; And displaying the size-controlled virtual keyboard on the display unit.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected; Controlling the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is multi-touched; And displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: detecting a tilt of a terminal when an input window is selected; Controlling the size of the keyboard according to the tilt of the terminal; And displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected; Changing a type of the keyboard when the keyboard is touched; And displaying the changed keyboard on the display unit.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected; Expanding the vowel key when the consonant key in the keyboard is selected, and enlarging the consonant key when the vowel key is selected.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: detecting a frequency of use of keys in a keyboard; Controlling the size of the keys according to the detected frequency of use; And displaying the keyboard having the size-controlled keys on a display unit.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected; Detecting touch movement locus on the keyboard when contact information is input to the input window; And executing a preset function based on the detected touch movement locus.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected; Detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard; And displaying the information previously input to the input window on the display unit based on the detected touch movement locus.

A keyboard control method according to embodiments of the present invention includes: detecting a tilt of a terminal when an input window is selected; Changing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard according to the inclination of the terminal; And displaying the keyboard having the key arrangement number changed on the display unit.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention have an effect that a user can conveniently and easily input a character by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the position and size of the input window.

The keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can control the size of the keyboard according to the multi-touch sensed on the keyboard, thereby enabling the user to conveniently and easily input the characters.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention may be configured such that the user gradually increases or decreases the keyboard in accordance with the change in the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected, It also has the effect of choosing the size of the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to the embodiments of the present invention can easily and quickly select a desired keyboard by changing the type of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

The keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can easily and conveniently input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to the embodiments of the present invention can freely move the position of the displayed keyboard when an input window is selected through drag and drop.

In the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the embodiments of the present invention, after the consonant key is selected, the size of the vowel key is enlarged relative to the consonant key, and after the vowel key is selected, It is possible to easily and conveniently select desired consonants or vowels by the user.

The keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can easily and conveniently select a key having a high frequency of use by controlling the size of the keys according to the frequency of use of the keys in the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention can perform various functions preset in accordance with a gesture (touch movement trace) of a touch on a keyboard, thereby enabling a user to easily and conveniently use various preset functions There is also.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention display information previously input in an input window according to a gesture (touch movement trace) of a touch on a keyboard, thereby allowing a user to easily and conveniently search for information There is also an effect.

The keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can change the key arrangement number of the keyboard according to the change of the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected so that the user can adjust the tilt of the terminal You can select the number of cabinets on the keyboard.

1 is a block diagram of a mobile communication terminal to which a keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention is applied.

2 is a block diagram of a telematics terminal to which a keyboard controller according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a keyboard (keypad) (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) controller of a terminal according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

4 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

5 is an exemplary view showing a general keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard).

6 is an exemplary view showing a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

7 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

8 and 9 are views illustrating a method of enlarging a size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a multi-touch according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 10 and 11 are views illustrating a method of reducing the size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a multi-touch according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 12 is a block diagram of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control device of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 13 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 14 is an exemplary diagram illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 0 degrees.

FIG. 15 is an exemplary view illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 45 degrees.

16 is an exemplary view illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 90 degrees.

17 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 18 and 19 are diagrams illustrating a method of changing a first keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) to a second keyboard according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

20 and 21 are diagrams illustrating another method for changing a first keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) to a second keyboard according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

22 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

23 and 24 are exemplary diagrams illustrating a method of maximizing the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

25 and 26 illustrate a method of reducing the size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

27 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention.

Figs. 28 and 29 are diagrams illustrating an example of a method of changing the position of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention.

30 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 31 and 32 are illustrations showing vowel keys or consonant keys according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention.

33 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to an eighth embodiment of the present invention.

34 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a ninth embodiment of the present invention.

35 is a diagram illustrating an example of a method of executing a text sending function according to a touch movement trajectory according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

36 is an exemplary view showing a method of executing a telephone dialing function according to a touch movement locus according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

37 is a diagram illustrating an example of a method for executing an e-mail sending function according to a touch movement trajectory according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

38 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 39 is a view illustrating an example of a method of reading previously input information in an input window according to a touch movement locus according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention.

40 is an exemplary view showing information displayed according to a touch movement locus according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention.

41 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) of a terminal according to an eleventh embodiment of the present invention.

42 is an exemplary view showing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 0 degrees.

FIG. 43 is an exemplary view illustrating the number of key arrangements of the keyboard when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 45 degrees. FIG.

44 is an exemplary view showing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 90 degrees.

Hereinafter, a data processing apparatus and method capable of easily and quickly providing and processing multimedia data will be described with reference to Figs. 1 to 44. Fig.

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a mobile communication terminal 100 to which a keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention is applied. The mobile communication terminal (mobile phone) 100 may be implemented in various forms. For example, the mobile communication terminal 100 includes a mobile phone, a smart phone, a notebook computer, a digital broadcasting terminal, a PDA (Personal Digital Assistants), and a PMP (Portable Multimedia Player).

1, the mobile communication terminal 100 includes a wireless communication unit 110, an A / V (audio / video) input unit 120, a user input unit 130, a sensing unit 140, an output unit 150 A memory 160, an interface unit 170, a control unit 180, a power supply unit 190, and the like. All of the components of the mobile communication terminal 100 shown in FIG. 1 are not essential components, and the mobile communication terminal 100 may be implemented by more components than the components shown in FIG. 1, The mobile communication terminal 100 may be implemented by a component.

The wireless communication unit 110 may include at least one component for performing wireless communication between the mobile communication terminal 100 and the wireless communication system or wireless communication between the mobile communication terminal 100 and a network on which the mobile communication terminal 100 is located . For example, the wireless communication unit 110 may include a broadcast receiving module 111, a mobile communication module 112, a wireless Internet module 113, a short range communication module 114 and a location information module 115 .

The broadcast receiving module 111 receives broadcast signals and / or broadcast-related information from an external broadcast management server through a broadcast channel. The broadcast channel may include a satellite channel and a terrestrial channel. The broadcast management server may be a server for generating and transmitting broadcast signals and / or broadcast-related information, or a server for receiving previously generated broadcast signals and / or broadcast-related information and transmitting the broadcast signals and / or broadcast- related information to the mobile communication terminal 100 . The broadcast-related information may refer to a broadcast channel, a broadcast program, or information related to a broadcast service provider. The broadcast signal may include a TV broadcast signal, a radio broadcast signal, a data broadcast signal, and a broadcast signal in which a data broadcast signal is combined with a TV broadcast signal or a radio broadcast signal.

Meanwhile, the broadcast related information may be provided through a mobile communication network, and in this case, it may be received by the mobile communication module 112. The broadcast-related information may exist in various forms. For example, an EPG (Electronic Program Guide) of DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) or an ESG (Electronic Service Guide) of Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H).

The broadcast receiving module 111 receives broadcasting signals using various broadcasting systems. In particular, the broadcasting receiving module 111 may be a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DMB-T), a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting-Satellite (DMB-S) Only Digital Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H), Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial (ISDB-T), and the like. Of course, the broadcast receiving module 111 is configured to be suitable for all broadcasting systems that provide broadcasting signals as well as the digital broadcasting system described above. The broadcast signal and / or broadcast related information received through the broadcast receiving module 111 may be stored in the memory 160.

The mobile communication module 112 transmits and receives radio signals to at least one of a base station, an external terminal, and a server on a mobile communication network. Here, the wireless signal may include various types of data related to transmission and reception of a voice call signal, a video call signal, and / or a text / multimedia message.

The wireless Internet module 113 refers to a module for wireless Internet access, and the wireless Internet module 113 can be embedded in the mobile communication terminal 100 or externally. Here, the wireless Internet technology includes a wireless LAN (WLAN), a Wi-Fi, a wireless broadband (Wibro), a WiMAX, a high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) Can be used.

The short-range communication module 114 means a module for short-range communication. Bluetooth, radio frequency identification (RFID), infrared data association (IrDA), ultra wideband (UWB), ZigBee, etc. may be used as the short distance communication technology.

The position information module 115 is a module for confirming or obtaining the position of the mobile terminal (capable of checking the position of the vehicle when the mobile terminal is mounted on the vehicle). One example is the GPS (Global Position System) module. The GPS module receives position information from a plurality of satellites. Here, the location information may include coordinate information indicated by latitude and longitude. For example, the GPS module can accurately calculate the current position according to the triangle method by measuring the precise time and distance from three or more satellites and measuring three different distances. A method of obtaining distance and time information from three satellites and correcting the error by one satellite may be used. In particular, the GPS module can acquire latitude, longitude and altitude as well as three-dimensional velocity information and accurate time from the position information received from the satellite. A Wi-Fi Positioning System and / or a Hybrid Positioning System may be applied as the location information module 115.

The A / V input unit 120 is for inputting an audio signal or a video signal. The A / V input unit 120 includes a camera 121 and a microphone 122, . The camera 121 processes an image frame such as a still image or a moving image obtained by the image sensor in the video communication mode or the photographing mode. The processed image frame can be displayed on the display unit 151. [

The image frame processed by the camera 121 may be stored in the memory 160 or transmitted to the outside through the wireless communication unit 110. [ The camera 121 may be composed of two or more according to the configuration of the mobile terminal.

The microphone 122 receives an external sound signal by a microphone in a communication mode, a recording mode, a voice recognition mode, and the like, and processes it as electrical voice data. In the call mode, the processed voice data can be converted into a form that can be transmitted to the mobile communication base station through the mobile communication module 112 and output. The microphone 122 may be implemented with various noise reduction algorithms for eliminating noise generated in the process of receiving an external sound signal.

The user input unit 130 generates input data for a user to control the operation of the mobile terminal. The user input unit 130 may include a key pad dome switch, a touch pad (static / static), a jog wheel, a jog switch, and the like. Particularly, when the touch pad has a mutual layer structure with the display unit 151, it can be called a touch screen.

The sensing unit 140 senses the position of the mobile communication terminal 100 in the open / close state, the position of the mobile communication terminal 100, the presence of the user, the orientation of the mobile communication terminal 100, The mobile communication terminal 100 senses the current state of the mobile communication terminal 100 and generates a sensing signal for controlling the operation of the mobile communication terminal 100. For example, when the mobile communication terminal 100 is in the form of a slide phone, it is possible to sense whether the slide phone is opened or closed. The sensing unit 140 senses whether the power supply unit 190 is powered on, whether the interface unit 170 is connected to an external device, and the like.

The interface unit 170 serves as an interface with all external devices connected to the mobile communication terminal 100. For example, the interface unit 170 may include a headset port, an external charger port, a wired / wireless data port, a memory card port, a port for connecting a device having an identification module, An audio input / output (I / O) port, a video I / O (input / output) port, and an earphone port. Here, the identification module is a chip that stores various information for authenticating the usage right of the mobile communication terminal 100, and includes a user identification module (UIM), a subscriber identity module (SIM) ), A Universal Subscriber Identity Module (" USIM "), and the like. In addition, an apparatus (hereinafter, referred to as 'identification device') having the identification module may be manufactured in a smart card format. Accordingly, the identification module can be connected to the mobile communication terminal 100 through the port. The interface unit 170 receives data from an external device or receives power from the external device and transmits the received data to each component in the mobile communication terminal 100 or transmits data in the mobile communication terminal 100 to an external device.

The output unit 150 is for outputting an audio signal, a video signal, or an alarm signal. The output unit 150 includes a display unit 151, an audio output module 152, an alarm unit 153, May be included.

The display unit 151 displays information to be processed by the mobile communication terminal 100 and outputs the information. For example, when the mobile communication terminal 100 is in the call mode, a UI (User Interface) or a GUI (Graphic User Interface) associated with a call is displayed. When the mobile communication terminal 100 is in the video communication mode or the photographing mode, the displayed image or the UI or GUI is displayed.

The display unit 151 may be a liquid crystal display, a thin film transistor-liquid crystal display, an organic light-emitting diode, a flexible display, a three-dimensional display (3D display). There may be two or more display units 151 according to the embodiment of the mobile communication terminal 100. For example, the mobile communication terminal 100 may be provided with an external display unit (not shown) and an internal display unit (not shown) at the same time.

(Hereinafter, referred to as a 'touch screen') has a mutual layer structure with the display unit 151 and a sensor (hereinafter, referred to as 'touch sensor' It can also be used as an input device in addition to the device. The touch sensor may have the form of, for example, a touch film, a touch sheet, a touch pad, or the like.

The touch sensor may be configured to convert a change in a pressure applied to a specific portion of the display unit 151 or a capacitance generated in a specific portion of the display unit 151 into an electrical input signal. The touch sensor can be configured to detect not only the position and area to be touched but also the pressure at the time of touch. If there is a touch input to the touch sensor, the corresponding signal (s) is sent to a touch controller (not shown). The touch controller processes the signal (s) and transmits the corresponding data to the control unit 180. Thus, the control unit 180 can know which area of the display unit 151 is touched or the like.

In the present invention, the proximity-touch means that the pointer is not actually touched on the screen but approaches a predetermined distance from the screen.

The proximity sensor 141 may be disposed in an inner region of the mobile communication terminal 100 or in the vicinity of the touch screen, which is surrounded by the touch screen. The proximity sensor 141 refers to a sensor that detects the presence of an object approaching a predetermined detection surface or an object existing in the vicinity thereof without mechanical contact by using electromagnetic force or infrared rays. The proximity sensor 141 has a longer lifetime and higher utilization than the contact-type sensor.

Examples of the proximity sensor 141 include a transmission type photoelectric sensor, a direct reflection type photoelectric sensor, a mirror reflection type photoelectric sensor, a high frequency oscillation type proximity sensor, a capacitive proximity sensor, a magnetic proximity sensor, and an infrared proximity sensor. And to detect the proximity of the pointer by the change of the electric field along the proximity of the pointer when the touch screen is electrostatic. In this case, the touch screen (touch sensor) may be classified as a proximity sensor.

Hereinafter, for convenience of explanation, the act of recognizing that the pointer is positioned on the touch screen while the pointer is not in contact with the touch screen is referred to as " proximity touch " The act of actually touching the pointer on the screen is called " Contact Touch ". A position where the pointer is proximally touched on the touch screen means a position where the pointer corresponds to the touch screen vertically when the pointer is touched.

Further, the proximity sensor 141 detects a proximity touch and a proximity touch pattern (for example, a proximity touch distance, a proximity touch direction, a proximity touch speed, a proximity touch time, a proximity touch position, do. Information corresponding to the detected proximity touch operation and the proximity touch pattern may be output on the touch screen.

The sensing unit 140 may include an acceleration sensor 142. The acceleration sensor 142 is a device that converts an acceleration change in one direction into an electric signal and is widely used along with the development of MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) technology. Since the acceleration sensor 142 measures the acceleration of a large value that is built in the airbag system of an automobile and used to detect a collision, the acceleration sensor 142 recognizes the minute motion of a human hand and calculates a minute value acceleration There are various kinds of things to measure. The acceleration sensor 142 is usually configured by mounting two or three axes in one package. In some cases, only one axis of the Z axis is required depending on the use environment. Therefore, when the acceleration sensor in the X-axis direction or the Y-axis direction is used instead of the Z-axis direction for some reason, the acceleration sensor may be mounted on the main substrate by using a separate piece substrate.

The sound output module 152 outputs audio data received from the wireless communication unit 110 or stored in the memory 160 in a call signal reception mode, a call mode or a recording mode, a voice recognition mode, and a broadcast reception mode. The sound output module 152 outputs sound signals related to functions (e.g., call signal reception sound, message reception sound, etc.) performed in the mobile communication terminal 100. The sound output module 152 may include a speaker, a buzzer, and the like.

The alarm unit 153 outputs a signal for notifying the occurrence of an event of the mobile communication terminal 100. Examples of events that occur in the mobile terminal include receiving a call signal, receiving a message, and inputting a key signal. The alarm unit 153 may output a signal for notifying the occurrence of an event in a form other than an audio signal or a video signal. For example, it is possible to output a signal in a vibration mode. When the call signal is received or the message is received, the alarm unit 153 can vibrate the mobile terminal through the vibration means to inform it. Alternatively, when the key signal is input, the alarm unit 153 may vibrate the mobile communication terminal 100 through the vibration means with the feedback of the key signal input. Through the above-described vibration, the user can recognize the occurrence of the event. Of course, a signal for notifying the occurrence of an event may also be output through the display unit 151 or the audio output module 152.

The haptic module 154 generates various tactile effects that the user can feel. A typical example of the haptic effect generated by the haptic module 154 is vibration. The intensity and pattern of the vibration generated by the hit module 154 can be controlled. For example, different vibrations may be synthesized and output or sequentially output.

In addition to vibration, the haptic module 154 may include a pin arrangement vertically moving with respect to the contact skin surface, a spraying force or suction force of air through the injection port or the suction port, a spit on the skin surface, contact with an electrode, And various effects of tactile effect such as effect of reproducing the cold sensation using the heat absorbing or heatable element can be generated.

The haptic module 154 can transmit a tactile effect through direct contact, and the tactile effect can be felt by a user through a muscular sense such as a finger or an arm. At least two haptic modules 154 may be provided according to the configuration of the telematics terminal. The haptic module 154 may be provided in a place where frequent contact with a user is frequent in the vehicle. For example, a steering wheel, a shift gear lever, a seat, and the like.

The memory 160 may store a program for processing and controlling the controller 180 and temporarily store the input / output data (e.g., map data, a phone book, a message, a still image, For example.

The memory 160 may be a flash memory type, a hard disk type, a multimedia card micro type, a card type memory (for example, SD or XD memory) (Random Access Memory) SRAM (Static Random Access Memory), ROM (Read Only Memory), EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory), PROM (Programmable Read-Only Memory) A disk, and / or an optical disk. In addition, the mobile communication terminal 100 may operate a web storage that performs a storage function of the memory 150 on the Internet.

The interface unit 170 serves as an interface with all external devices connected to the mobile terminal 100. For example, the interface unit 170 may include a headset port, an external charger port, a wired / wireless data port, a memory card port, a port for connecting a device having an identification module, An audio input / output (I / O) port, a video I / O (input / output) port, and an earphone port. Here, the identification module is a chip that stores various information for authenticating the use right of the mobile terminal 100, and includes a user identification module (UIM), a subscriber identity module (SIM) A Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM), and the like. In addition, the device having the identification module (hereinafter, referred to as 'identification device') can be manufactured in a smart card format. Accordingly, the identification module can be connected to the mobile terminal 100 through the port. The interface unit 170 receives data from an external device or receives power from the external device and transmits the received data to each component in the mobile terminal 100 or transmits data in the mobile terminal 100 to an external device.

When the mobile terminal 100 is connected to an external cradle, the interface unit 170 may be a path through which power from the cradle is supplied to the mobile terminal 100, or various commands A signal may be transmitted to the mobile terminal 100. The various command signals or the power source inputted from the cradle may be operated as a signal for recognizing that the mobile terminal 100 is correctly mounted on the cradle.

The controller 180 typically controls the overall operation of the mobile communication terminal 100. For example, the control unit 180 performs related control and processing for voice call, data communication, video call, and the like. In addition, the controller 180 may include a multimedia module 181 for multimedia playback. The multimedia module 181 may be implemented in the control unit 180 or may be implemented separately from the control unit 180.

The control unit 180 can perform a pattern recognition process for recognizing handwriting input or drawing input performed on the touch screen as characters and images, respectively.

The power supply unit 190 receives an external power source and an internal power source under the control of the controller 180 and supplies power required for operation of the respective components.

The functions of the components applied to the mobile communication terminal 100 may be implemented in a computer-readable recording medium using software, hardware, or a combination thereof. According to a hardware implementation, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), digital signal processors (DSPs), digital signal processing devices (DSPDs), programmable logic devices (PLDs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) controllers may be implemented using at least one of micro-controllers, microprocessors, and electrical units for performing functions. In some cases, such embodiments may be implemented by the controller 180 In accordance with a software implementation, embodiments such as procedures or functions may be implemented with separate software modules that perform at least one function or operation. The software code may be stored in a software application written in a suitable programming language The software code may be stored in the memory 160, May also be performed by the < / RTI >

The voice recognition module 182 recognizes a voice uttered by a user and performs a corresponding function according to the recognized voice signal.

A navigation session 300 applied to the mobile communication terminal 100 displays a traveling route on the map data.

Meanwhile, the keyboard control device applied to the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the embodiments of the present invention detects the position and size of the input window when the input window is selected, and determines the size of the virtual keyboard based on the position and size A control unit for controlling the control unit; And a display unit displaying the virtual keyboard whose size is controlled.

Details of the components of the keyboard control device applied to the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to FIG. 3 to FIG.

Hereinafter, a configuration of a telematics terminal 200 to which a keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention is applied will be described with reference to FIG.

2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a telematics terminal 200 to which a keyboard controller according to embodiments of the present invention is applied.

2, the telematics terminal 200 includes a control unit (for example, a central processing unit (CPU)) 212 for controlling the telematics terminal 200 as a whole, a memory 213 for storing various types of information, A key controller 211 for controlling various key signals, and an LCD controller 214 for controlling a liquid crystal display (LCD).

The memory 213 stores map information (map data) for displaying the route guidance information on the digital map. In addition, the memory 213 stores traffic information collection control algorithms for allowing the vehicle to input traffic information according to the current road conditions, and information for controlling the algorithms.

The main board 210 is provided with a code division multiple access (CDMA) module 206, which is a mobile communication terminal built in a vehicle to which a unique device number is assigned, guidance for the location of the vehicle, A GPS module 207 for receiving a GPS signal or transmitting traffic information collected by a user as a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal, a CD deck 208 for reproducing a signal recorded on a CD (compact disc) A gyro sensor 209, and the like. The CDMA module 206 and the GPS module 207 transmit / receive signals through the antennas 204 and 205, respectively.

The broadcast receiving module 222 is connected to the main board 210 and receives a broadcast signal through the antenna 223. The main board 210 includes a display unit (LCD) 201 under the control of the LCD control unit 214 through an interface board 203, a front board 202 under the control of the key control unit 211, A camera 227 for photographing the inside and / or the outside is connected. The display unit 201 displays various video signals and character signals. The front board 202 includes buttons for inputting various key signals, and a key signal corresponding to a user-selected button is transmitted to the main board 210 ). In addition, the display unit 201 includes the proximity sensor and the touch sensor (touch screen) of FIG.

The front board 202 may have a menu key for directly inputting traffic information, and the menu key may be controlled by the key controller 211.

The audio board 217 is connected to the main board 210 and processes various audio signals. The audio board 217 includes a microcomputer 219 for controlling the audio board 217, a tuner 218 for receiving a radio signal, a power source 216 for supplying power to the microcomputer 219, And a signal processing unit 215 for processing a signal.

The audio board 217 includes a radio antenna 220 for receiving radio signals and a tape deck 221 for reproducing audio tapes. The audio board 217 may further comprise a voice output unit (for example, an amplifier) 226 for outputting a voice signal processed by the audio board 217.

The audio output unit (amplifier) 226 is connected to the vehicle interface 224. That is, the audio board 217 and the main board 210 are connected to the vehicle interface 224. The vehicle interface 224 may be connected to a handsfree 225a for inputting a voice signal, an air bag 225b for occupant safety, a speed sensor 225c for detecting the speed of the vehicle, and the like. The speed sensor 225c calculates the vehicle speed and provides the calculated vehicle speed information to the central processing unit 212. [

The navigation session 300 applied to the telematics terminal 200 generates route guidance information based on the map data and the current vehicle location information, and notifies the user of the generated route guidance information.

The display unit 201 senses the proximity touch in the display window through the proximity sensor. For example, the display unit 201 may detect the position of the proximity touch when a pointer (e.g., a finger or a stylus pen) is touched in proximity, and transmit position information corresponding to the detected position And outputs it to the control unit 212.

The speech recognition device (or speech recognition module) 301 recognizes the speech uttered by the user and performs the corresponding function according to the recognized speech signal.

The navigation session 300 applied to the telematics terminal 200 displays the current position and the traveling route on the map data.

Meanwhile, the keyboard control device applied to the telematics terminal 200 according to the embodiments of the present invention detects the position and size of the input window when the input window is selected, controls the size of the virtual keyboard based on the position and size ; And a display unit displaying the virtual keyboard whose size is controlled.

Details of components of the keyboard control device applied to the telematics terminal 200 according to the embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to FIG. 3 to FIG.

Hereinafter, a keyboard controller and a method thereof according to embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 3 to 50. Fig. The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention can be applied not only to a mobile terminal such as the mobile communication terminal 100, the telematics terminal 200 and a navigation device, but also a smart phone, notebook computers, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), PMPs (Portable Multimedia Players), televisions, video devices, and the like.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a keyboard (keypad) (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) controller of a terminal according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

3, a control device 400 of a keyboard (keypad) (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to the first embodiment of the present invention detects the position and size of the input window when an input window is selected A control unit 401 for controlling the size of the virtual keyboard based on the position and size; And a display unit 402 for displaying the virtual keyboard whose size is controlled. The keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control device 400 according to the first embodiment of the present invention further includes a storage unit 403 for storing data.

4 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 401 determines whether an input window (for example, a search word input window) displayed on a web page (for example, a main web page of a Google site) is selected by the user (S11). For example, the control unit 401 determines whether the user has selected an input window for inputting a search word, such as an input window, an input window for inputting a message, and an input window for inputting an ID / password.

The control unit 401 detects the position and size of the input window when an input window (for example, a search word input window) displayed on a web page (for example, a main web page of a Google site) is selected by the user (S12). For example, the control unit 401 detects the position and size of a search word input window displayed on a web page (for example, a main web page of a Google site).

The controller 401 adjusts the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to the position and size of the input window (S13). That is, the controller 401 enlarges or reduces the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) based on the position and size of the input window. For example, the control unit 401 increases the size of the keyboard so that the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) reaches the position of the input window (or the keyboard is adjacent to the input window).

The control unit 401 displays the size-adjusted keyboard on the display unit 402 (S14). For example, the control unit 401 adjusts the size of the keyboard so that the size of the keyboard matches the overall display size of the display unit 402 except the input window displayed on the display unit 402 , And a keyboard whose size is adjusted is displayed at the bottom of the input window.

5 is an exemplary view showing a general keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard).

5, when the input window 5-1 is selected, the keyboard 5-2 is generally displayed to be fixed at a predetermined position.

6 is an exemplary view showing a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

6, when the input window 5-1 is selected, the control unit 401 determines whether the input window 5-1 is displayed in the display area of the display unit 402, The size of the keyboard is controlled so that the size of the keyboard matches the display area of the display unit 402 and the keyboard 6-1 whose size is controlled is displayed at the lower end of the input window 5-1. That is, the controller 401 enlarges the size of the keyboard to the position of the input window 5-1.

Therefore, the keyboard controller and the method according to the first embodiment of the present invention can conveniently and easily input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the position and size of the input window. For example, when the user clicks the search word input window, the size of the keyboard is automatically adjusted so that the size of the keyboard can be maximized while the input word of the search word is displayed, so that the user can conveniently and easily input the character.

Hereinafter, a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a second embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIG. 3 and FIG.

7 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 401 determines whether an input window (e.g., a search word input window) has been selected by the user (S21). The input window includes an input window for inputting a search word, an input for inputting a message Window, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

The control unit 401 displays the keyboard on the display unit 402 when the input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected (S22). At this time, when the input window is selected, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (at the lower end of the input window).

The control unit 401 determines whether the keyboard is multi-touched by the user (S24). For example, the control unit 401 detects coordinates of a first position (first touch position) touched on the keyboard through a touch sensor (touch screen), and detects a second position Position). Accordingly, the controller 401 detects the coordinates of the first position (first touch position) touched on the keyboard, and detects the coordinates of the second position (second touch position) touched on the keyboard, It is possible to judge whether the user is multi-touched by the user.

The control unit 401 controls the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is multi-touched by the user (S24), and displays the keyboard whose size is controlled (S25).

For example, the controller 401 determines whether the sensed first touch position and the second touch position are moved. Here, the first touch position may be a dentition touch position on a user's thumb or a position touched by a user's index finger, and the second touch position may be a denture touch position on a user's index finger, It can be the position touched by the thumb.

The controller 401 enlarges the keyboard to a predetermined size when the first touch position and the second touch position are moved away from each other when the sensed first touch position and the second touch position are moved, When the first touch position and the second touch position are moved, when the first touch position and the second touch position are brought close to each other, the keyboard is reduced to a predetermined size.

8 and 9 are views illustrating a method of enlarging a size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a multi-touch according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

8 and 9, the control unit 401 controls the first touch position sensed on the keyboard 8-2 displayed on the display unit 402 when the input window 8-1 is selected, If the first touch position and the second touch position are distant from each other when the second touch position is moved, the keyboard is enlarged to a preset size and the enlarged keyboard 9-1 is displayed on the display unit 402 . For example, the control unit 401 may enlarge and display the keyboard up to the position of the input window 8-1.

FIGS. 10 and 11 are views illustrating a method of reducing the size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a multi-touch according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

10 and 11, when the first touch position and the second touch position sensed on the enlarged keyboard 9-1 displayed on the display unit 402 are moved, When the first touch position and the second touch position are close to each other, the keyboard is reduced to a predetermined size, and the reduced keyboard 11-1 is displayed on the display unit 402. [ For example, the control unit 401 may reduce the keyboard to a preset position at the lower end of the input window 8-1.

Accordingly, the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the second embodiment of the present invention can conveniently and easily input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the multi-touch sensed on the keyboard.

Hereinafter, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control apparatus and method of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIG. 12 to FIG.

FIG. 12 is a block diagram of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control device of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

12, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control device 500 of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention includes a motion sensor (not shown) for detecting a tilt of a terminal when an input window is selected 504); A controller 501 for controlling the size of the keyboard according to the tilt of the terminal; And a display unit 502 displaying the size-controlled keyboard. The controller (500) of the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention may further include a storage unit (503) for storing data.

The motion sensor 504 detects movement of the terminal, and detects (or recognizes) a tilt or a shake of the terminal. The motion sensor 504 may include an acceleration sensor and / or a gravity sensor, and the technique itself for detecting the inclination and / or the shake of the terminal is a known technique, and thus a detailed description thereof will be omitted.

FIG. 13 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) of a terminal according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window (e.g., a search word input window) has been selected by the user (S31). The input window represents an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

The control unit 501 detects the tilt of the terminal through the motion sensor 504 when the input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected (S32). For example, the motion sensor 504 detects the tilt angle of the terminal under the control of the controller 501, and outputs the detected tilt angle to the controller 501.

The control unit 501 determines whether the detected inclination is equal to a predetermined inclination (S33). For example, the control unit 501 determines whether the detected inclination is equal to a first predetermined inclination (for example, 0 degree), whether the detected inclination is equal to a second predetermined inclination (for example, 45 degrees) , And determines whether the detected slope is equal to a third predetermined slope (e.g., 90 degrees).

If the detected inclination is equal to the preset inclination, the controller 501 adjusts the size of the keyboard to a preset size (S34), and displays the adjusted keyboard on the display unit 502. [ For example, if the detected inclination is equal to the first predetermined inclination, the controller 501 adjusts the size of the keyboard to a first predetermined size, and displays the adjusted keyboard on the display unit 502. [ . If the detected inclination is equal to the second predetermined inclination, the controller 501 adjusts the size of the keyboard to a second predetermined size, and displays the adjusted keyboard on the display unit 502. If the detected inclination is equal to the third predetermined slope, the controller 501 adjusts the size of the keyboard to a third predetermined size, and displays the adjusted keyboard on the display unit 502. Here, the first predetermined slope and the predetermined size may be variously changed by a designer or a user.

FIG. 14 is an exemplary diagram illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 0 degrees.

14, when the slope detected when the input window 14-1 is selected is equal to the first predetermined slope (0 degree), the controller 501 sets the size of the keyboard to the first And displays the keyboard 14-1 whose size has been adjusted on the display unit 502. [0064]

FIG. 15 is an exemplary view illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 45 degrees.

15, when the slope detected when the input window 14-1 is selected is equal to the second predetermined slope (45 degrees), the controller 501 resets the size of the keyboard to the second And controls the display unit 502 to display the keyboard 15-1 whose size is adjusted.

16 is an exemplary view illustrating the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the slope of the terminal according to the third embodiment of the present invention is 90 degrees.

16, when the slope detected when the input window 14-1 is selected is equal to the third predetermined slope (90 degrees), the controller 501 resets the size of the keyboard to the third And displays the keyboard 16-1 whose size has been adjusted on the display unit 502. In this case,

The control unit 501 gradually enlarges or reduces the keyboard according to the change of the angle of the tilt detected when the input window 14-1 is selected.

Accordingly, the keyboard controller and the method according to the third embodiment of the present invention can gradually increase or decrease the keyboard according to the change of the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected, You can select the size of the keyboard you want by adjusting it.

Hereinafter, a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 17 to 21. Fig.

17 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected by the user (S41). The input window includes an input window for inputting a search word, an input for inputting a message Window, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

The control unit 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 when the input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected (S42). At this time, when the input window is selected, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (at the lower end of the input window).

The control unit 501 determines whether the keyboard is slide-touched by the user (S43). For example, the control unit 501 detects coordinates of a first position (first touch position) touched to the keyboard through a touch sensor (touch screen), determines whether the detected first touch position is moved do. For example, the controller 501 determines whether the sensed first touch position is moved (slide-touch) in the left direction or the right direction (upward direction or downward direction).

The control unit 501 changes the keyboard (first keyboard) to another keyboard (second keyboard) when the keyboard is slide-touched by the user (S44), and displays the changed keyboard on the display unit 502 (S45). For example, the control unit 501 may set the first keyboard (e.g., English lower-case keyboard) to an English upper-case keyboard (second keyboard), a numeric and symbol keyboard (third keyboard) , A French keyboard (Fifth Keyboard), and the like.

FIGS. 18 and 19 are diagrams illustrating a method of changing a first keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) to a second keyboard according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

18 and 19, the control unit 501 determines whether the first keyboard (upper-case keyboard) 18-2 displayed when the input window 18-1 is selected is moved to the right by the user When the slide-touch (18-3) is performed, the English upper-case character keyboard (first keyboard) is changed to an English lower-case character keyboard (second keyboard) and the changed English lower-case character keyboard 19-1 is displayed on the display unit 502 do.

20 and 21 are diagrams illustrating another method for changing a first keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) to a second keyboard according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

20 and 21, the control unit 501 displays the first keyboard (upper-case keyboard) 18-2 displayed when the input window 18-1 is selected by the user in the leftward direction When the slide-touch 20-1 is performed, the English upper-case keyboard (first keyboard) is changed to a Korean keyboard (fourth keyboard), and the changed Korean keyboard 21-1 is displayed on the display unit 502. [

Also, the controller 501 may sequentially change the first keyboard to the second keyboard, the third keyboard, and the fourth keyboard as the slide-touch is repeated in the first direction (for example, the right direction) , The first keyboard may be sequentially changed to the fourth keyboard, the third keyboard, and the second keyboard as the slide-touch is repeated in the second direction (e.g., the left direction). The slide-touch direction may be variously changed by a designer or a user.

Accordingly, the keyboard controller and the method according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention can easily and quickly select a desired keyboard by changing the type of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

Hereinafter, a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 22 to 26. Fig.

22 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window (e.g., a search word input window) has been selected by the user (S51). The input window includes an input window for inputting a search word, an input for inputting a message Window, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

The control unit 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 when the input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected (S52). At this time, when the input window is selected, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (at the lower end of the input window).

The control unit 501 determines whether the keyboard is slide-touched by the user (S53). For example, the control unit 501 detects coordinates of a first position (first touch position) touched to the keyboard through a touch sensor (touch screen), determines whether the detected first touch position is moved do. For example, the controller 501 determines whether the sensed first touch position is moved in the upward or downward direction (or leftward or rightward) (slide-touch).

The control unit 501 controls the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (S54), and displays the controlled keyboard on the display unit 502 (S55). For example, the controller 501 maximizes the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (upward direction), and displays the keyboard with the maximum size on the display unit 502. The control unit 501 may maximize the size of the keyboard to the position of the input window so that the input window is visible when the keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (upward direction). On the other hand, when the keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (downward direction), the controller 501 minimizes (hides) the size of the keyboard. The control unit 501 may reduce the size of the keyboard to a predetermined size when the keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (downward direction), and may display the reduced keyboard on the display unit 502 .

23 and 24 are exemplary diagrams illustrating a method of maximizing the size of a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

23 and 24, the control unit 501 determines whether the keyboard 23-2 displayed when the input window 23-1 is selected by the user is in a predetermined direction (upward direction) 23- 3, the size of the keyboard 23-2 is maximized, and the display unit 502 displays the keyboard 24-1 whose size is maximized.

25 and 26 illustrate a method of reducing the size of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention.

25 and 26, when the maximized keyboard is slide-touched in a predetermined direction (downward direction) 25-1, the controller 501 maximizes (hides) the size of the maximized keyboard, Or reduced to a predetermined size, and displays the reduced size keyboard 26-1 on the display unit 502. [ The control unit 501 reduces the size of the maximized keyboard to a preset size when the maximized keyboard is once slide-touched in a predetermined direction (downward direction) 25-1, The keyboard may be minimized (hidden) when the keyboard is slid-touched once again (twice) in the predetermined direction (downward direction) 25-1.

In addition, the controller 501 can finely adjust the size of the keyboard through the multi-touch sensed on the displayed keyboard.

Therefore, the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention can easily and conveniently input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

Hereinafter, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control method according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 27 to 29. Fig.

27 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window has been selected by the user (S61). The input window includes an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, an input for inputting an ID / It represents an input window such as a window.

The control unit 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 when the input window is selected (S62). At this time, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (for example, at the lower end of the input window) when the input window is selected.

The control unit 501 determines whether the keyboard is dragged and dropped by the user (S63). For example, the control unit 501 determines whether the keyboard is dragged and dropped to a specific position of the display unit 502 through a touch sensor (touch screen).

When the keyboard is dragged and dropped to a specific position of the display unit 502, the control unit 501 moves the keyboard to the specific position (S64). That is, when the keyboard is dragged and dropped by the user to the specific position, the controller 501 changes the position of the keyboard to the specific position.

Figs. 28 and 29 are diagrams illustrating an example of a method of changing the position of a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention.

As shown in FIGS. 28 and 29, when the input window 28-1 is selected by the user, the control unit 501 controls the displayed keyboard 28-2 to drag-and-drop 28-3 The position of the keyboard 28-2 is changed to the specific position. That is, reference numeral 29-1 denotes a keyboard 29-1 displayed at the specific position.

Therefore, the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention can freely move the position of the displayed keyboard when the input window is selected through drag-and-drop.

Hereinafter, a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 30 to 32. Fig.

30 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window has been selected by the user (S71). The input window represents an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

When the input window is selected, the controller 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 (S72). At this time, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (for example, at the lower end of the input window) when the input window is selected.

The control unit 501 determines whether a consonant key or a vowel key in the keyboard has been selected by the user (S73, S75).

When the consonant key in the keyboard is selected, the control unit 501 enlarges the vowel keys to a predetermined size (for example, two times) (S74). In addition, when the consonant key in the keyboard is selected, the controller 501 reduces the consonant key to a predetermined size (for example, by half), and at the same time, ).

For example, the control unit 501 determines whether the consonant is consecutively selected after the consonant is selected by the keyboard or when the consonant is consecutively selected after the consonant is selected, When the consonant key is selected, the size of the vowel key is enlarged relative to the consonant key, and after the vowel key is selected, the size of the consonant key is enlarged relative to the vowel key, And can be conveniently selected.

The control unit 501 enlarges the consonant keys to a preset size (for example, twice) when the vowel key in the keyboard is selected (S76). When the consonant key in the keyboard is selected, the control unit 501 reduces all the consonant keys to a predetermined size (for example, by half) and simultaneously sets all the vowel keys to a preset size (for example, 2 times).

The control unit 501 may not only move the positions of the vowel keys and / or the consonant keys as well as the size of the vowel keys and / or the consonant keys, but also move the position of the vowel keys and / have. The control unit 501 may change the size of a key (button) using not only a consonant / vowel but also various syntax systems.

FIGS. 31 and 32 are illustrations showing vowel keys or consonant keys according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention.

31 and 32, after the vowel key 31-3 in the displayed keyboard is selected when the input window 31-1 is selected, the control unit 501 determines the size of the consonant key 31-2 The size of the vowel key 32-2 is enlarged relatively to the size of the consonant key 32-1 after the consonant key 32-1 is selected .

Therefore, in the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention, after the consonant key is selected, the size of the vowel key is enlarged relative to the consonant key, and after the vowel key is selected, It is possible to easily and conveniently select a desired consonant or vowel by the user.

Hereinafter, a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) according to an eighth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 33. Fig.

33 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to an eighth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 periodically detects the frequency of use of keys in the keyboard (S81). For example, the control unit 501 detects the frequency of use of the keys in the keyboard at intervals of three days or one week. The keys include one or more of character keys, symbol keys, and numeric keys.

The controller 501 controls the size of the keys in the keyboard according to the detected frequency of use (S82). For example, when the use frequency of the uppercase " A " key of the English alphabet is larger than a preset use frequency (for example, 30 times or more), the control unit 501 sets the size of the " A " (For example, two times) relatively larger than the size of the keys. If the frequency of use of the " A " key is greater than a predetermined frequency (for example, 30 times), the controller 501 stores the size of the " A " And the size of the keys less than the preset use frequency may be reduced to a predetermined size (for example, 1/2) and displayed.

The control unit 501 determines whether the input window is selected by the user (S83). The input window represents an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

If the input window is selected, the control unit 501 displays the keyboard having the controlled keys on the display unit 502 (S84).

Therefore, the keyboard controller and the method according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention can easily and conveniently select a key having a high frequency of use by the user by controlling the size of the keys according to the frequency of use of the keys in the keyboard.

Hereinafter, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control method according to a ninth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 34 to 37. Fig.

34 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a ninth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window has been selected by the user (S91). The input window includes an input window such as an input window, an input window for inputting a message, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like for inputting a search word (including contact information (name, telephone number, e-mail address, .

When the input window is selected, the control unit 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 (S92). At this time, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (for example, at the lower end of the input window) when the input window is selected.

The control unit 501 determines whether contact information is input in the input window (S93). For example, the control unit 501 determines whether a name, a telephone number, or an e-mail address recorded in the contact directory is input to the input window.

When the contact information is input to the input window, the controller 501 detects a touch movement locus on the displayed keyboard. For example, the control unit 501 senses a touched position (touch position) on the keyboard through the touch sensor (touch screen), and detects a movement trajectory of the sensed touch position.

The control unit 501 determines whether the touch movement locus is similar to or coincides with the preset locus locus by comparing the touch movement locus with a preset locus (S94).

If the touch movement locus is similar to or coincides with the preset movement locus, the control unit 501 executes a predetermined function (S95). The preset function may be a text sending function, a telephone dialing function, an e-mail sending function, a messenger program execution, and the like. For example, the control unit 501 may execute a character sending mode so that the user can create a character if the touch movement locus is similar to or coincident with the first preset locus. If the touch movement locus is similar to or coincides with the second preset movement locus, the control unit 501 can automatically make a call by executing the dialing function automatically. The control unit 501 may execute an e-mail creation mode so that the user can create an e-mail if the touch movement locus is similar to or coincident with the third preset locus.

35 is a diagram illustrating an example of a method of executing a text sending function according to a touch movement trajectory according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

35, the controller 501 determines whether the touch movement trajectory 35-3 detected on the keyboard 35-2 displayed when the input window 35-1 is selected is moved to the first preset movement If you match or match the trajectory (for example, "(" shape)), you can automatically launch the text sending mode so that the user can create the text.

36 is an exemplary view showing a method of executing a telephone dialing function according to a touch movement locus according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

36, the controller 501 determines whether the touch movement trajectory 36-1 detected on the keyboard 35-2 displayed when the input window 35-1 is selected is moved to the second preset movement (For example, a ") " shape), the user can easily make a call by executing the automatic dialing function.

37 is a diagram illustrating an example of a method for executing an e-mail sending function according to a touch movement trajectory according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention.

37, the control unit 501 determines whether or not the touch movement trajectory 37-1 detected on the keyboard 35-2 displayed when the input window 35-1 is selected is moved to the second preset movement An email compose mode may be run to allow the user to compose emails if they match or match the trajectory (e.g., " a " shape).

Here, the first to third preset movement trajectories may be set by various characters, symbols, numbers, etc. by a user or a designer.

Therefore, the keyboard controller and the method according to the ninth embodiment of the present invention can easily and conveniently use various preset functions set by the user by executing various preset functions according to the gesture (touch movement trace) of the touch on the keyboard .

Hereinafter, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control method according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 38 to 40. Fig.

38 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (an on-screen keyboard or a virtual keyboard) according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether the input window displayed on the display unit 502 is selected by the user (S101). The input window represents an input window such as an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, and an input window for inputting an ID / password.

The control unit 501 displays the keyboard on the display unit 502 when the input window (for example, an input window for inputting a search word) is selected (S102). At this time, the controller 401 displays the keyboard at a predetermined position (for example, at the lower end of the input window) when the input window is selected.

The controller 501 detects a touch movement locus on the displayed keyboard. For example, the control unit 501 senses a touched position (touch position) on the keyboard through the touch sensor (touch screen), and detects a movement trajectory of the sensed touch position.

The control unit 501 determines whether the touch movement locus is similar to or coincides with the preset locus locus by comparing the touch movement locus with a preset locus (S103).

If the touch movement locus is similar to or coincides with the predetermined movement locus, the control unit 501 reads information previously input to the input window (S104). The control unit 501 can read the information previously input to the input window from the storage unit 503 by previously recording (storing) the information inputted to the input window in the storage unit 503 . The information previously input in the input window may be a search word, an Internet address, and the like.

The control unit 501 displays the read information on the display unit 502 (S105).

FIG. 39 is a view illustrating an example of a method of reading previously input information in an input window according to a touch movement locus according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention.

39, the control unit 501 determines whether or not the touch movement trajectory 39-3 detected on the keyboard 39-2 displayed when the input window 39-1 is selected is moved to a predetermined trajectory (For example, the "? &Quot; shape), the information previously input in the input window 39-1 is read from the storage unit 503.

40 is an exemplary view showing information displayed according to a touch movement locus according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention.

40, the control unit 501 determines whether or not the touch movement trajectory 39-3 detected on the keyboard 39-2 displayed when the input window 39-1 is selected is moved to the predetermined movement trajectory From the storage unit 503, information (40-1) previously input to the input window (39-1) if the input information is similar to or coincident with the information (for example, " 40-1). Here, the predetermined movement trajectory may be set by various characters, symbols, numbers, etc. by a user or a designer.

In addition, the control unit 501 determines whether or not the touch movement trajectory 39-3 detected on the keyboard 39-2 displayed when the input window 39-1 is selected is a predetermined trajectory (for example, " The information input previously in the input window 39-1 is read out from the storage unit 503 and the read information is stored in the order of the frequency of use (in the order of priority) And may be displayed on the display unit 502.

Accordingly, the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the tenth embodiment of the present invention display information previously input in the input window according to a gesture (touch movement locus) of a touch on the keyboard, thereby allowing a user to easily and conveniently You can search.

Hereinafter, a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) control method according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to Figs. 12 and 41 to 44. Fig.

41 is a flowchart illustrating a method of controlling a keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) of a terminal according to an eleventh embodiment of the present invention.

First, the control unit 501 determines whether an input window (e.g., a search word input window) has been selected by the user (S111). The input window represents an input window for inputting a search word, an input window for inputting a message, an input window for inputting an ID / password, and the like.

The control unit 501 detects the tilt of the terminal through the motion sensor 504 when the input window (e.g., a search word input window) is selected (S112). For example, the motion sensor 504 detects the tilt angle of the terminal under the control of the controller 501, and outputs the detected tilt angle to the controller 501.

The controller 501 determines whether the detected slope is equal to a preset slope (S113). For example, the control unit 501 determines whether the detected inclination is equal to a first predetermined inclination (for example, 0 degree), whether the detected inclination is equal to a second predetermined inclination (for example, 45 degrees) , And determines whether the detected slope is equal to a third predetermined slope (e.g., 90 degrees).

If the detected inclination is equal to the predetermined inclination, the control unit 501 changes the key array of the keyboard (S114) and displays the keyboard having the changed key arrangement on the display unit 502 S115). For example, if the detected inclination is equal to the first predetermined inclination, the controller 501 adjusts the number of key arrangements of the keyboard to a first predetermined number (for example, three lines) And displays the keyboard with the key arrangement number adjusted on the display unit 502. If the detected inclination is equal to the second predetermined inclination, the controller 501 adjusts the number of key arrangements of the keyboard to a second predetermined number (for example, 4 lines) And displays the keyboard on the display unit 502. If the detected inclination is equal to the third predetermined slope, the controller 501 adjusts the number of key arrangements of the keyboard to a third predetermined number (for example, 5 lines) And displays the keyboard on the display unit 502. Here, the first to third preset slopes and the second to third preset numbers may be variously changed by a designer or a user.

The control unit 501 may change the number of key arrangements (the number of lines of the key arrangement) by increasing or decreasing the number of keys included in each key arrangement. The key arrangement may be displayed on the display unit in a horizontal direction or a vertical direction.

42 is an exemplary view showing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 0 degrees.

42, when the slope detected when the input window 42-1 is selected is equal to the first predetermined slope (0 degree), the controller 501 determines the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (For example, three lines), and displays the keyboard 42-2 on which the number of key arrangements is adjusted, on the display unit 502. In this case, The controller 501 controls the keyboard 42-2 in a direction in which the length of the display unit 502 is long so as to display the number of key arrangements of the keyboard in a first predetermined number (for example, three lines) It can also be displayed.

FIG. 43 is an exemplary view showing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 45 degrees.

43, when the slope detected when the input window 42-1 is selected is equal to the second predetermined slope (45 degrees), the controller 501 determines the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (For example, 4 lines), and displays the keyboard 43-1 whose number of key arrangements is adjusted on the display unit 502. In this case,

FIG. 44 is an exemplary view showing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (on-screen keyboard or virtual keyboard) when the inclination of the terminal according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention is 90 degrees.

44, when the slope detected when the input window 42-1 is selected is equal to the third predetermined slope (90 degrees), the controller 501 determines the number of key arrangements of the keyboard (For example, five lines), and displays the keyboard 44-1 whose number of key arrangements is adjusted on the display unit 502. [0154]

Also, the control unit 501 may change the key arrangement order in the keyboard according to a user's request. For example, if a user places a specific key in the keyboard at a specific position in the keyboard by dragging and dropping, the specific key is set at the specific position.

Therefore, the keyboard controller and the method according to the eleventh embodiment of the present invention change the number of key arrangements of the keyboard according to the change of the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected, You can select the number of keystrokes of the desired keyboard by adjusting.

It will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims. Therefore, the embodiments disclosed in the present invention are intended to illustrate rather than limit the scope of the present invention, and the scope of the technical idea of the present invention is not limited by these embodiments. The scope of protection of the present invention should be construed according to the following claims, and all technical ideas within the scope of equivalents should be construed as falling within the scope of the present invention.

As described above, the keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can conveniently and easily input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the position and size of the input window. For example, when the user clicks the search word input window, the size of the keyboard is automatically adjusted so that the size of the keyboard can be maximized while the input word of the search word is displayed, so that the user can conveniently and easily input the character.

The keyboard controller and the method according to embodiments of the present invention can conveniently and easily input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the multi-touch sensed on the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention may be configured such that the user gradually increases or decreases the keyboard in accordance with the change in the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected, You can choose the size of the keyboard.

The keyboard controller and the method according to embodiments of the present invention can easily and quickly select a desired keyboard by changing the type of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

The keyboard controller and the method according to embodiments of the present invention can easily and conveniently input characters by controlling the size of the keyboard according to the slide-touch direction detected on the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention can freely move the position of the displayed keyboard when an input window is selected through drag and drop.

In the keyboard control apparatus and method according to the embodiments of the present invention, after the consonant key is selected, the size of the vowel key is enlarged relative to the consonant key, and after the vowel key is selected, The user can easily and conveniently select desired consonants or vowels.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention can easily and conveniently select a key that is frequently used by the user by controlling the size of the keys according to the frequency of use of the keys in the keyboard.

The keyboard controller and the method according to embodiments of the present invention can easily and conveniently use various preset functions set by the user by executing various preset functions set in accordance with the gesture (touch movement trace) of the touch on the keyboard.

The keyboard control apparatus and method according to embodiments of the present invention display information previously input in an input window according to a gesture (touch movement trace) of a touch on a keyboard, thereby allowing a user to easily and conveniently search for information have.

The keyboard controller and the method according to the embodiments of the present invention can change the key arrangement number of the keyboard according to the change of the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected so that the user can adjust the tilt of the terminal You can select the number of cabinets on the keyboard.

Claims (46)

  1. A controller for detecting the position and size of the input window when the input window is selected and controlling the size of the virtual keyboard based on the position and size;
    And a display unit for displaying the virtual keyboard whose size is controlled.
  2. The apparatus of claim 1,
    And enlarges the size of the keyboard to a position of the input window.
  3. The apparatus of claim 1,
    Controls the size of the keyboard so that the size of the keyboard matches the size of the display area of the display unit, except for the area where the input window is displayed, in the display area of the display unit, and displays the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit Keyboard control device.
  4. A display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected;
    And a controller for controlling the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is multi-touched and displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.
  5. 5. The apparatus of claim 4,
    Wherein the control unit enlarges or reduces the keyboard based on the first touch position and the second touch position sensed on the keyboard.
  6. A motion sensor for detecting a tilt of the terminal when an input window is selected;
    A controller for controlling the size of the keyboard according to the tilt of the terminal;
    And a display unit for displaying the size-controlled keyboard.
  7. 7. The apparatus of claim 6,
    And enlarges or reduces the keyboard according to a change in the angle of the tilt detected when the input window is selected.
  8. A display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected;
    And a controller for changing a type of the keyboard when the keyboard is slide-touched in a first predetermined direction, and displaying the changed keyboard on the display unit.
  9. 9. The apparatus according to claim 8,
    And sequentially changes the type of the keyboard each time the slide touch is repeated in the first predetermined direction.
  10. 9. The apparatus according to claim 8,
    And controls the size of the keyboard when sliding-touched in a second predetermined direction, and displays the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.
  11. 9. The apparatus according to claim 8,
    And changes the display position of the keyboard by drag & drop.
  12. A display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected;
    And a controller for enlarging the vowel key when the consonant key in the keyboard is selected and enlarging the consonant key when the vowel key is selected.
  13. 13. The apparatus according to claim 12,
    And when the consonant key is selected, the consonant key is reduced to a first predetermined size and the vowel keys are enlarged to a second preset size.
  14. 13. The apparatus according to claim 12,
    Wherein when the vowel key is selected, the vowel key is reduced to a first predetermined size and the consonant keys are enlarged to a second preset size.
  15. A controller for detecting a frequency of use of keys in the keyboard and controlling the size of the keys according to the detected frequency of use;
    And a display unit for displaying a keyboard having the size-controlled keys.
  16. 16. The keyboard control apparatus according to claim 15, wherein the keys include one or more of character keys, symbol keys, and numeric keys.
  17. A display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected;
    And a control unit for detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard when the contact information is input to the input window and executing a predetermined function based on the detected touch movement locus.
  18. 18. The method according to claim 17,
    A telephone number, and an e-mail address recorded in the contact directory.
  19. 18. The method of claim 17,
    A character sending function, a telephone dialing function, and an email sending function.
  20. A display unit for displaying a keyboard when an input window is selected;
    And a control unit for detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard and displaying the information previously input to the input window based on the detected touch movement locus on the display unit.
  21. 21. The apparatus of claim 20,
    And displays the information previously input in the input window on the display unit in order according to the frequency of use.
  22. A motion sensor for detecting a tilt of the terminal when an input window is selected;
    A controller for changing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard according to the inclination of the terminal;
    And a display unit for displaying a keyboard in which the number of key arrangements is changed.
  23. 23. The apparatus of claim 22,
    And changes the number of key arrangements by increasing or decreasing the number of keys included in each key arrangement in the keyboard according to a change in the angle of the detected inclination.
  24. Detecting the position and size of the input window when the input window is selected;
    Controlling the size of the virtual keyboard based on the location and size;
    And displaying the size-controlled virtual keyboard on a display unit.
  25. 25. The method of claim 24, wherein controlling the size of the virtual keyboard comprises:
    And enlarging the size of the virtual keyboard to a position of the input window.
  26. The method of claim 24, wherein the step of displaying the virtual keyboard on a display unit comprises:
    Controls the size of the keyboard so that the size of the keyboard matches the size of the display area of the display unit, except for the area where the input window is displayed, in the display area of the display unit, and displays the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit How to control the keyboard.
  27. Displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected;
    Controlling the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is multi-touched;
    And displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.
  28. 28. The method of claim 27, wherein controlling the size of the keyboard comprises:
    Wherein the keyboard is enlarged or reduced based on the first touch position and the second touch position sensed on the keyboard.
  29. Detecting a tilt of the terminal when an input window is selected;
    Controlling the size of the keyboard according to the tilt of the terminal;
    And displaying the size-controlled keyboard on a display unit.
  30. 30. The method of claim 29, wherein controlling the size of the keyboard comprises:
    And enlarging or reducing the keyboard according to a change in the angle of the inclination detected when the input window is selected.
  31. Displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected;
    Changing a type of the keyboard when the keyboard is touched;
    And displaying the changed keyboard on the display unit.
  32. 32. The method of claim 31, wherein changing the type of the keyboard further comprises:
    And sequentially changing the type of the keyboard every time the keyboard is slide-touched in a first predetermined direction.
  33. 33. The method of claim 32,
    Controlling the size of the keyboard when the keyboard is slide-touched in a second predetermined direction, and displaying the size-controlled keyboard on the display unit.
  34. 32. The method of claim 31,
    And the display position of the keyboard is changed by drag and drop.
  35. Displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected;
    Expanding the vowel key when the consonant key in the keyboard is selected, and enlarging the consonant key when the vowel key is selected.
  36. 36. The method of claim 35, wherein expanding the vowel key comprises:
    And when the consonant key is selected, reducing the consonant key to a first preset size and enlarging the vowel keys to a second preset size.
  37. 37. The method of claim 35, wherein expanding the consonant key comprises:
    And when the vowel key is selected, reducing the vowel key to a first predetermined size and enlarging the consonant keys to a second preset size.
  38. Detecting a use frequency of keys in the keyboard;
    Controlling the size of the keys according to the detected frequency of use;
    And displaying the keyboard having the size-controlled keys on a display unit.
  39. 39. The method of claim 38, wherein the keys include one or more of character keys, symbol keys, and numeric keys.
  40. Displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected;
    Detecting touch movement locus on the keyboard when contact information is input to the input window;
    And executing a preset function based on the detected touch movement locus.
  41. 41. The method of claim 40,
    A telephone number, and an e-mail address recorded in the contact directory.
  42. 41. The method of claim 40,
    A text sending function, a telephone dialing function, and an email sending function.
  43. Displaying a keyboard on a display unit when an input window is selected;
    Detecting a touch movement locus on the keyboard;
    And displaying the information previously input to the input window on the display unit based on the detected touch movement locus.
  44. The method as claimed in claim 43, wherein the step of displaying the information on the display unit comprises:
    And displaying the information previously input in the input window on the display unit in order according to the frequency of use.
  45. Detecting a tilt of the terminal when an input window is selected;
    Changing the number of key arrangements of the keyboard according to the inclination of the terminal;
    And displaying the keyboard having the key arrangement number changed on the display unit.
  46. 46. The method of claim 45, wherein changing the key arrangement number comprises:
    And changing the number of key arrangements by increasing or decreasing the number of keys included in each key arrangement in the keyboard according to a change in the angle of the detected inclination.
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