WO2013042394A1 - Touch pad input device, program, data processing method, and data processing device - Google Patents

Touch pad input device, program, data processing method, and data processing device Download PDF

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WO2013042394A1
WO2013042394A1 PCT/JP2012/059410 JP2012059410W WO2013042394A1 WO 2013042394 A1 WO2013042394 A1 WO 2013042394A1 JP 2012059410 W JP2012059410 W JP 2012059410W WO 2013042394 A1 WO2013042394 A1 WO 2013042394A1
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Abstract

A plurality of contact parts (122) which are positioned in a prescribed location relation are disposed on the lower face of this input device (12) which is formed of a cylindrical conductive member. When a user lays the input device (12) at a desired location of a sample image at original size which is displayed upon a multi-touch panel (111) of a tablet terminal (11), a computer (112) which is installed in the tablet terminal (11) receives touch region data from the multi-touch panel (111) which denotes a touch region, and displays a 50x enlarged image of the sample at said location in a circular region within the input device (12) upon the multi-touch panel (111) which is identified by the received touch region data. As a result, the tablet terminal (11) becomes a simulated microscope.

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Input device, a program, a data processing method and data processing apparatus for touchpad

The present invention relates to a program for instructing a predetermined processing on a computer in accordance with the input device and the input device for the touch pad.

Touch panel and a display panel portion of the display device such as a liquid crystal display, pressing the pen-type input device or the like, called a finger or a stylus, contacts, or proximity (hereinafter, referred to as "touch") of the touch pad to detect its position by a position input device is a device which is disposed layered.

According to the touch panel, by touching the button that the user is displayed, for the treatment or to perform the computer in response to the button can or to draw lines and figures on the touch position, the computer in a more natural motion it is possible to perform the input operation.

Recently, at the same time capable of detecting a touch panel touch multipoint called multi-touch panel it is becoming popular. According to the multi-touch panel, while simultaneously touching the first finger and the second finger, for example, panel, or to enlarge the image displayed on the touched position by the operation of moving in a direction to open those fingers together , or rotate display the image displayed on the touched position by the operation of moving to rotate their fingers on the panel, such as versatile input operation can be performed.

For example, Patent Document 1, with respect to multi-touch panel, for example, the operation to slide the panel up in the form of a hand gripping the pen, when the user performs a specific operation, the input to the multi-touch panel by its specific operation and determine whether the user is the relationships of the positional relationship and size of their pressing force of the large number points is performed any operation, a device that performs processing according to the specified operation has been proposed to be.

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As described above, multi-touch (including multi-touch panel is a panel display with multi-touch pad) pad, for example, as compared to single-touch pad (touch pad only at the same time point does not detect a touch position), versatile input it is possible to convey the operation to the computer, if developing an application program for instructing the processing to the computer so as to display an appropriate response image on the input data by a user operation, functions as an excellent man-machine interface to.

The present invention, without adding any special changes to such an existing multi-touch pad, and to provide a means to function multi-touch pad as a more user-friendly man-machine interface.

To solve the above problems, the present invention is,
A plurality of contact portions for detecting the contact or close positions on the multi-touch pad by touching or in proximity to the multi-touch pad,
Providing an arrangement has been that the input device to simultaneously contact or proximate to the multi-touch pad while maintaining at least two contact portions to each other a predetermined positional relationship among the plurality of contact portions (first embodiment) .

In the first embodiment described above,
A body portion of tubular shape,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions that may be configuration adopted disposed on the end face one axial direction to a vertical cylindrical shape of the body portion (second embodiment).

In the first embodiment described above,
Equipped with a card-shaped main body,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions may be configured is employed, which is arranged on at least one surface of front and back surfaces of the body portion (third embodiment).

In the first to third embodiments described above,
It said at least two predetermined positional relationship of the contact portion may be employed a configuration can be changed by a predetermined operation on the input device by a user (a fourth embodiment).

In the first embodiment described above,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
Contact portions simultaneously contact or proximate to the multi-touch pad when said plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is brought close to any portion of the region disposed on the multi-touch pad wherein such at least two contact portions arranged in a predetermined positional relationship is always included, constituting the plurality of contact portions are arranged may be adopted in the (fifth embodiment).

In the first embodiment described above,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
Contact portions simultaneously contact or proximate to the multi-touch pad when said plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is brought close to one portion of the region being arranged on the multi-touch pad the positional relationship between the at least two contact portions the are arranged in a predetermined positional relationship contained within the inside region where the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is arranged one at least two contact portions and the portions are arranged in the predetermined positional relationship contained in said multi-touch pad simultaneously in contact with or close to contact portion when brought close to other different parts of the multi-touch pad the position relationship is different as may be configuration adopted by the plurality of contact portions are arranged (the sixth embodiment) of.

In the fifth or sixth embodiment of the above,
A body portion of the possible thin-walled bag-shaped attachment to a fingertip,
Wherein the plurality of contact over the areas which may be in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad when at least the body portion is brought close to the fingertip mounted on the multi-touch pad of the outer surface of the body portion part good be adopted configurations that are arranged (the seventh embodiment).

In the fifth or sixth embodiment of the above,
At least a portion of the cylindrical side surface, a body portion having at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions the cylindrical side surface of the surface of the body portion, may be Configurations is employed which is arranged on a portion comprising at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls (second 8 embodiment).

In addition, the present invention is,
Comprising a contact portion for detecting the contact or close positions on the multi-touch pad by touching or in proximity to the multi-touch pad,
When the contact portion is in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad, the shown lines or areas of a predetermined shape as a whole position detected by the said multi-touch pad by contact portions, the contact portion is of a predetermined providing an input device forming the surface shape (the ninth embodiment).

In a ninth embodiment described above,
The contact portion is constituted by a plurality of contact portions which constitute the same said predetermined surface shapes,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
When the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is curved in a convex is any portion of the region disposed in close proximity to the multi-touch pad in the use state, at least one contact of the plurality of contact portions parts always in contact or in proximity to the multi-touch pad, constituting the plurality of contact portions are arranged may be adopted (tenth embodiment) of.

In a ninth embodiment described above,
The contact portion is constituted by a plurality of contact portions forming a different said predetermined surface shapes,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
When the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is curved in a convex is any portion of the region disposed in close proximity to the multi-touch pad in the use state, at least one contact of the plurality of contact portions parts always in contact or in proximity to the multi-touch pad, which may be configuration adopted by the plurality of contact portions are arranged (11th embodiment) of.

In the 10 or the 11 embodiment of the above,
A body portion of the possible thin-walled bag-shaped attachment to a fingertip,
Wherein the plurality of contact over the areas which may be in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad when at least the body portion is brought close to the fingertip mounted on the multi-touch pad of the outer surface of the body portion part good be adopted configurations that are arranged (12th embodiment) of.

In the 10 or the 11 embodiment of the above,
At least a portion of the cylindrical side surface, a body portion having at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls,
Wherein the plurality of contact portions the cylindrical side surface of the surface of the body portion, may be Configurations is employed which is arranged on a portion comprising at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls (second 13 embodiment of).

In any of the embodiments of the first to thirteenth mentioned above,
The display or shape for enabling identification in a predetermined direction of the input device may be configured that are visibly formed in the user is taken from the outside to the user (fourteenth embodiment).

In any of the embodiments of the first to fourteenth above,
The input device to the user display or shape to allow identification from input devices other of the same kind may be constructed is employed that is visibly formed externally to the user (15th embodiment) of.

In addition, the present invention is,
A computer connected to the multi-touch pad,
And processing each stores one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between two or more points, stores one or more data in association with the positional relationship data relates each of the one or more positional relationship data,
A process of acquiring the position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
From among one or more positional relationship data stored in the processing for the storage, the process of searching the positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by the position data group acquired from the multi-touch pad,
A process of reading one or more data stored in the process of the memory in association with the positional relationship data retrieved in the process of the search,
Providing a program for executing a process in accordance with one or more data read in the process the reading (16th embodiment).

In a 16 embodiment described above,
The process of specifying the region having one or more positions, or one or more of each shape based on the positions of two or more points represented by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring is executed by the computer,
In the above process in accordance with one or more data, a process corresponding to a region having a specific position or shape in the process of the particular which may be employed a configuration for causing the computer to execute (seventeenth aspect of).

In the 16 or the 17 embodiment of the above,
To execute the process of specifying one or more directions on the basis of the positions of two or more points represented by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring in the computer,
In the above process in accordance with one or more data, the processing according to a direction identified in the process of the particular which may be employed is configured to be executed by the computer (18 embodiment of).

In a 18 embodiment of the above,
As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of identifying the direction to select the image data to be determined in accordance with the specified direction from a plurality of image data defined of order, or the first image data image an image area of ​​a predetermined size to generate image data representing the partial image cut out at the position that is determined in accordance with the specified direction from a display device for displaying an image of the image data the selected or generated as shown optionally configuration is employed to execute a process of outputting to the computer to (embodiment of the first 19).

In a 18 embodiment of the above,
The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
To execute the process of displaying an image showing the appearance of a predetermined object,
Predetermined range based on a position as a processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the position of the two or more points indicated by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring is displayed in the object an inner and direction identified in the process of specifying the direction only when a predetermined direction, may be employed a configuration for executing a predetermined processing on the computer (twentieth embodiment).

In a 18 embodiment of the above,
The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
To execute the process of displaying a predetermined image,
As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the position of the two or more points indicated by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquisition of the display to have the predetermined image in the processing for the display configured to execute a partial image displayed in the area to be identified, a process of displaying replaced by the changed allowed partial image according to a predetermined rule according to the specified direction in the process of identifying the direction to said computer by the It may be employed (21 embodiment).

In a 18 embodiment of the above,
The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
To execute the process of reproducing a predetermined sound,
As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the volume of the notes in the process of the reproduction, the process of changing in accordance with a predetermined rule in accordance with the specified direction in the process of specifying the direction wherein optionally is adopted configured to be executed by a computer (an embodiment of the 22).

In the 16 to any of the embodiments 22 described above,
In the process of the acquiring, to execute the processing for obtaining two or more position data groups to said computer,
In the process of the search relates each of the two or more position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring, by performing a search of the positional relationship data to said computer,
In the process of the reading relates to each of the two or more positional relationship data retrieved in the process of the search, to perform the reading of the one or more data to the computer,
In the process according to the read one or more data, the read out configuration for causing the computer to execute two or more sets of one or more processes in accordance with data which may be adopted to read in the process (a twenty-third aspect of the ).

In addition, the present invention is,
Connected to the multi-touch pad data processing apparatus stores one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between each 2 or more points, the one or more in association with the positional relationship data relates each positional relationship data and storing one or more data,
Wherein the data processing apparatus, acquiring the position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
Wherein the data processing device, from among one or more positional relationship data stored in the step of storing, retrieving positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by the position data group acquired from the multi-touch pad ,
A step of the data processing apparatus, reading one or more data stored in said step of storing in association with the positional relationship data retrieved in the step of the search,
Wherein the data processing device provides a data processing method and a step of executing a process in accordance with one or more data read in the reading step (the 24th embodiment).

In addition, the present invention is,
Storage means for each store one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between two or more points, stores one or more data in association with the positional relationship data relates each of the one or more positional relationship data,
Obtaining means for obtaining a position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
From among one or more positional relationship data stored in the storage means, search means for searching a positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by position data group acquired by the acquisition unit,
Reading means for reading one or more data stored by said storage means in association with the positional relationship data retrieved by the retrieving means,
To provide a data processing apparatus and a processing execution means that executes processing in accordance with one or more data read by the reading means (25 embodiment).

According to a first input device according to an embodiment of the present invention, since it instructs the simultaneous multi-touch pad multiple points in a predetermined positional relationship, only user to touch the input device to the multi-touch pad, the it is possible to execute the processing according to a predetermined positional relationship to the data processing device.

According to the input device according to a second embodiment of the present invention, for example, by displaying a predetermined image on the inner region of the body portion and the multi-touch pad are in contact with the line of the cylindrical shape, looking through the cylinder to the user the writing operation it is possible to pseudo-experience.

According to the input device according to a third embodiment of the present invention, for example, by placing the contact portion of the positional relationship indicating identification information of the trading card on the back surface of the trading card, on the user of the multi-touch pad displays an image of the character in accordance with the trading card by placing the trading card on the display device, manner of using trading cards becomes possible such.

According to the input device according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention, after the user has adjusted to the distance to the desired distance between the two contact portions, by touching the input device to the multi-touch pad, as long as the operation such as input, such as the repeated positions different circles straight lines and the same diameter can be easily. Further, the user by sliding the position of the part of their contact portions while being touched contact portion of the input device to the multi-touch pad, data instructions such as continuously changing the image to be displayed on the screen it is possible to give to the processor.

According to the input device according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention, for example, the shape of the input device and stylus shape, touching the pen tip rounded of arranged the input device contact portion in the multi-touch pad it is, it is possible to enter two or more positions of a predetermined positional relationship to the data processing device. Thus, for example, if at different plurality of positional relationship between the contact portion disposed in each of the input device, it is possible to give different instructions by the input device used in the data processing device. Therefore, the user can, for example, pseudo draw a red line with a device for red pen, pseudo erase it by using the eraser input device, an input operation such as is possible.

According to the input device according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention, for example, the shape of the input device and the stylus shaped, multi-touch pad nib rounded placed the input device of the contact portions at different angles by touching, it can provide for the data processing device different instructions. Therefore, the user, for example, draw a pseudo line with one side of the nib of one pen type device, turn off the pseudo the line with the other side, allows an input operation such as is the Become.

According to the input device according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention, the user by touching the multi-touch pad while wearing the input devices on the fingertip, it is possible to instruct a predetermined processing to the data processing device. At that time, for example, by varying the positional relationship of the contact portion of the input device and which attached to the first finger and the positional relationship between the contact portion of the input device to be attached to the second finger, either the operation of each of these fingers it can be recognized by the data processing apparatus or an operation of a finger. Further, the same finger by placing the contact portion of the different positional relationship with one portion and another portion of the input device to be mounted, for example, different processing flat operation was touched operation and edge was touching the finger it can be performed in the data processing device.

According to the input device according to an eighth embodiment of the present invention, by performing an operation of rolling the input device on the user multi-touch pad, to carry out the process of changing the position and contents continuously to the data processor can.

According to a ninth input device according to an embodiment of the present invention, since it instructs the multi-touch pad a predetermined shape, only user to touch the input device to the multi-touch pad, corresponding to the predetermined shape it is possible to execute the processing to the data processing device.

According to the input device according to a tenth embodiment of the present invention, for example, the shape of the input device and stylus shape, touching the pen tip rounded of arranged the input device contact portion in the multi-touch pad it is, it is possible to input a predetermined shape to the data processing device. Thus, for example, if with different shape of the contact portion to place each of the plurality of input devices, it is possible to give different instructions by the input device used in the data processing device. Therefore, the user can, for example, pseudo draw a red line with a device for red pen, pseudo erase it by using the eraser input device, an input operation such as is possible.

According to the input device according to an eleventh embodiment of the present invention, for example, the shape of the input device and the stylus shaped, multi-touch pad nib rounded placed the input device of the contact portions at different angles by touching, it can provide for the data processing device different instructions. Therefore, the user, for example, draw a pseudo line with one side of the nib of one pen type device, turn off the pseudo the line with the other side, allows an input operation such as is the Become.

According to the input device according to the twelfth embodiment of the present invention, the user by touching the multi-touch pad while wearing the input devices on the fingertip, it is possible to instruct a predetermined processing to the data processing device. At that time, for example, by varying the shape of the contact portion of the input device to be mounted to the first finger and the shape of the contact portion of the input device to be attached to the second finger, of any of the respective operations of those finger finger it can be recognized in the operation and are either data processor. Further, the same finger by placing the contact portion of different shapes and one portion and another portion of the input device to be mounted, for example, different processing flat operation was touched operation and edge was touching the finger it can be performed in a data processing device.

According to the input device according to a thirteenth embodiment of the present invention, by performing an operation of rolling the input device on the user multi-touch pad, to carry out the process of changing the position and contents continuously to the data processor can.

According to the fourteenth input device according to an embodiment of the present invention, since the user can easily recognize the direction of the input device, different direction of the input device when to touch for example an input device to the multi-touch pad by, it is possible to perform the different processing to the data processing device.

According to the input device according to a fifteenth embodiment of the present invention, since the user can easily identify each of the plurality of input devices of the same type, by selecting the input device to be touched, for example, in multi-touch pad , it is possible to perform different processing to the data processing device.

According to the program according to a sixteenth embodiment of the present invention, for example in response to a first or a touch operation on the multi-touch pad of the eighth input device according to an embodiment of the present invention, to execute predetermined processing on a computer be able to.

According to the program according to a seventeenth embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to perform different respective predetermined processing in accordance with the position of the input device the user to touch the multi-touch pad computer.

According to the program according to the eighteenth embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to perform different respective predetermined processing in accordance with the direction of the input device the user to touch the multi-touch pad computer.

According to the program according to the nineteenth embodiment of the present invention, for example, when a user turns clockwise the input device to touch the multi-touch pad backward a series of pages, also a series of page turning counterclockwise it can be performed prior to sequentially flip through the direction or continue to scroll the like processing in a computer.

According to the program according to a twentieth embodiment of the present invention, for example, the user opens the door when pressed against the input device imitating the shape of the key into the keyhole of the image displayed on the touch panel turn in a predetermined direction, the operations such can execute the processing to virtually experience the computer.

According to the program according to a twenty-first embodiment of the present invention, for example, when the user turns in a predetermined direction while pressing the ring-shaped input device on the touch panel, it is displayed on the inside of the ring-shaped input device image expansion, are reduced or deformed, it is possible to perform operations looking into a microscope and kaleidoscope processing to virtually experience the computer.

According to the program according to a twenty-second embodiment of the present invention, for example, or rotate in a predetermined direction the user is pressing the input device on the touch panel, the or slide in a predetermined direction, of the sound reproduced volume There can be performed is adjusted, the processing of the computer.

According to the program according to a twenty-third embodiment of the present invention, when the user has touched a plurality of input devices to the multi-touch pad, perform each different predetermined processing on a computer in accordance with the combination of these input devices it can be.

According to the 24 data processing apparatus according to the 25th embodiment of the data processing method or the present invention according to an embodiment of the present invention, for example, the user input device according to the first or ninth embodiment of the present invention by touching the multi-touch pad, predetermined processing is executed by the data processing device.

Figure 1 is a diagram showing the overall structure of the touch tool system according to an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 2 is an external view of an input device according to an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 3 is a diagram schematically illustrating a data structure of a processing DB stored in the storage unit of such a computer in an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 4 is a diagram schematically illustrating an image displayed on a multi-touch panel according to an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 5 is a diagram schematically illustrating an image displayed on a multi-touch panel according to an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 6 is an external view of a input device in a modification of the embodiment of the present invention. Figure 7 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 8 is a view for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 9 is a view for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 10 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 11 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 12 is an external view of a input device in a modification of the embodiment of the present invention. Figure 13 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 14 is a diagram for explaining the structure of the input device to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 15 is an external view of a input device in a modification of the embodiment of the present invention. Figure 16 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention. Figure 17 is a diagram for explaining a touch tool system according to a modification of an embodiment of the present invention.

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Touch tool system 1 according to an embodiment of the present invention is a system for realizing pseudo microscope. Figure 1 is a diagram showing the overall structure of the touch tool system 1. Touch tool system 1 performs the tablet device 11 computer 112 multi-touch panel 111 and the multi-touch panel 111 is connected to (not shown) is housed integrally with the flat plate of the housing, the user inputs to multi-touch panel 111 and an input device 12 is a device for.

The method of multi-touch panel, for example, a capacitance type, an optical sensor method, a resistance film type, an ultrasonic type, an infrared type, various methods such as those of a combination plurality has been put to practical use. Shall projective capacitive method is employed as an example in the multi-touch panel 111.

2, the input device 12 is an external view of a state in which the top side facing to multi-touch panel 111 in use. Input device 12 is a main body 121 of cylindrical shape, the axis perpendicular to one end surface of the cylindrical body 121 (upper surface in FIG. 2) above (i.e. on the upper surface of the wall of the cylindrical body portion 121) to a predetermined and a three contact portions 122 disposed in a positional relationship.

At least the surface of the body portion 121 and the contact portion 122 are made of a conductive material (e.g., conductive plastic, such as metal or polyacetylene, plastic mixed with metal fibers). Therefore, touching the side of the user is located in the contact portion 122 of the input device 12 has an input device 12 by hand to a multi-touch panel 111, contact portion 122 of the transparent multiple electrode covering the surface of the multi-touch panel 111 There the high-frequency current flows according to the capacitance of the finger (human body of the user) to the electrode of the portion touched. Multi-touch panel 111 by detecting the high-frequency current can be each contact portion 122 in which region on the multi-touch panel 111 to identify whether the touch.

Multi-touch panel 111 identified touched region (hereinafter, referred to as "touch region") to the touch area data indicating the computer 112. At that time, is output a plurality of area data indicating each region touched simultaneously associated with one another. Computer 112 performs acquires the touch area data output from the multi-touch panel 111, the acquired predetermined processing in accordance with the touch area data (to be described later).

Incidentally, the touch region data is a collection of coordinate data indicating each of the one or more points included in the example touched region. However, the form of the touch region data is not limited to the coordinate data group may be, for example, vector data. The touch area data is an example of a position data indicating at least one position.

However, those of a plurality of different positional relationship of the three contact portions 122 are arranged, each is prepared to the input device 12. In FIG. 2, the input device 12a of the microscope in FIG. 2 (a), also an input device 12b for kaleidoscope is illustrated in FIG. 2 (b). Input devices 12a and the input device 12b is basic structure is common, only the positional relationship between the contact portion 122 are different.

The computer 112, the scope application is the program according to the present invention and is installed by executing the processing in accordance with the scope app, functions as a data processing apparatus having the following functional components.
Storage unit: stores various data.
Acquisition unit: acquires touch area data output from the multi-touch panel 111.
Search section: on the basis of the positional relationship between the three points indicated by the touch area data associated with each other, the process executing unit from the processing are stored in the storage unit DB (Database) to search for data for instructing the processing to be performed .
Process execution unit: executes processing in accordance with the retrieved data by the search unit.

Figure 3 is a diagram schematically illustrating a data structure of a processing DB stored in the storage unit of the computer 112. Processing DB is a collection of records arranged in the contact portion 122 corresponding to each of the respective plurality of different input devices 12, each record, data indicating the positional relationship of the three contact portions 122 of the corresponding input device 12 a positional relationship field to store the corresponding input device 12 contains a processing instruction field for storing a data group indicating a process to be executed by the computer 112 when it is touching the multi-touch panel 111.

Explaining the operation of the touch tool system 1 below. When the user touches for example the input device 12a to the multi-touch panel 111, the multi-touch panel 111 generates three touch region data indicating each three regions contact part 122 is touched for input device 12a, three touch regions generated (to indicate that shows the simultaneously touched region) data in association with each other to output to the computer 112.

Acquisition unit of the computer 112 acquires the three touch region data associated with each other from the multi-touch panel 111 and passes it to the search unit. Search unit calculates a representative point of the area indicated by each of the three touch area data passed (e.g. gravity) according to a predetermined calculation formula, the positional relationship specified by the calculated three representative points and search key, Search for records containing data indicating the position closest relationship from the processing DB on the positional relationship field. In this case, it is assumed that a first record process DB shown in FIG. 3 are searched. Searching unit passes the data group included in the processing instruction field of the found record to the processing execution section.

Processing execution unit performs processing in accordance with the instruction by the data group passed from the search unit. In this case, the processing instructed by the data group is as follows.
(1) to display a sample list multi-touch panel 111.
(2) to display a magnification images of the selected sample to the multi-touch panel 111 by a touch operation.
(3) in a circular area on the multi-touch panel 111 which is specified by the touch area data (the region inside the body 121), and displays an enlarged image of specific magnifications around the center of the circular area of ​​the sample (e.g., 50 times) .
(4-1) If the new touch area data touched area indicating that the translation is acquired, and displays the enlarged image of the position of the sample after the movement in a circular area specified by the touch area after the movement.
(4-2) When the touch area is acquired new touch area data indicating that the rotational movement is, depending on the angle of rotation, increase the magnification if the right rotation, magnification if left rotation an enlarged image with reduced is displayed on a circular area.

Results of processing by the processing execution unit, the user can use the tablet terminal 11 as a pseudo microscope. That is, when the user is touching the input device 12a to the multi-touch panel 111, a list that shows a sample of possible observation target microscopically is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111.

When the user selects a touch like a sample to be observed from the list with a finger, while being displayed magnification images of the selected sample to the multi-touch panel 111, the inner circular area of ​​the input device 12a, the enlarged image of a portion of the sample located in the circular area is displayed. The user can look into the input device 12a, it is possible to see the same image as in the case of observing a sample under a microscope. 4 and 5 are views illustrating schematically the image displayed on the multi-touch panel 111 at that time.

User slide while touching the input device 12a to the multi-touch panel 111, or by moving the input device 12a to another desires to see the position of the sample by temporarily release the touch again multi-touch panel 111, after the movement input device inside the circular area 12a enlarged image of the sample at that position is displayed (FIG. 4).

When the user rotates the input device 12a around the axis of the left cylindrical touched the multi-touch panel 111, or again touching after rotating away once from the multi-touch panel 111 the input device 12a, the direction and angle of rotation image enlarged or reduced sample are displayed in the inner region of the input device 12a to the magnification in accordance with (Figure 5).

In this way, the user touches the input device 12a a multi-touch panel 111, the input device 12a to be to move or rotate translation, can be seen in the magnification to the desired location of the desired sample to be observed.

Next, the user instead of the input device 12a, when the touched input device 12b to the multi-touch panel 111, the computer 112 in accordance with the scope app by a similar sequence of processes to those described above for the input device 12a, the processing DB (FIG. It executes processing in accordance with the data group included in the processing instruction field of a second record of 3).

The touch input device 12b, the user can use the tablet terminal 11 as a pseudo kaleidoscope. That is, when the user is touching the input device 12b to the multi-touch panel 111, the image strips such as beads put in a lens barrel of kaleidoscope is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111. When the user selects a finger as many like shows the strip to be placed in a lens barrel or the like from among the images, on the inside of the circular area of ​​the input device 12b, to those strips in a lens barrel image that appears when viewed through the kaleidoscope of entering the state is displayed.

Subsequently, when the user rotates the input device 12b to the right or left about the axis of the cylindrical and kaleidoscope of images sequentially changes with rolling movement of the strip in the lens barrel in accordance with the direction and speed of rotation It is displayed inside the circular area of ​​the input device 12b as a moving image.

In this way, the user touches the multi-touch panel 111 by the input device 12b, after making kaleidoscope containing the strip of favorite pseudo, by rotational movement of the input device 12b, to see through the kaleidoscope it can.

This concludes the description of the configuration and operation touch tool system 1. Although the touch tool system 1 described above has been described as realizing the pseudo-microscope and kaleidoscope, by varying variously the data to be stored in the processing DB, and a touch tool system 1 with various pseudo tools be able to. Examples of such pseudo tools are as follows.
Telescope: image viewed by looking through the night sky with the telescope is displayed in a circular area inside the input device 12. Moving and scaling the observation location can as in the case of the microscope.
Endoscope: image when viewed human inside with an endoscope is displayed on a circular area inside the input device 12. Moving and scaling the observation location can as in the case of the microscope. Or, with the rotation of the input device 12, (for viewing the example breast, whether it is a position of the chest-back) observation depth in the human body may be changed to.

Although the touch tool system 1 described above was assumed the shape of the input device 12 has a cylindrical shape, depending on the purpose, for example, star tubular shape, cross-section tubular shapes of other shapes of the input device 12 it may be employed as the shape.

[2. Modification]
The above-described embodiment, can be variously modified within the technical scope of the present invention. It shows some examples of those variations below. In the modification described below, compared with the touch tool system 1 described above, the structure of the input device corresponding to the input device 12, an application program corresponding to the scope application (hereinafter, referred to as "application") and processing different contents of the process instruction data group read from DB, the other parts are common. Therefore, in the following description, the system of the modified example will be described focusing on differences from the touch tool system 1 described above. Further, given the same reference numerals to those of the touch tool system 1 comprises among components system modification comprises common ones.

[2.1. First Modification]
In the touch tool system 2 according to the first modification, it is possible to seal the electronic seal for the electronic document. 6 (a) is an external view of an input device 22 used in the touch tool system 2, a circle is an example of a position of FIG. 6 (b) an input device 22 of the touch surface contact portion is disposed on the 122 it is a diagram showing in. Input device 22 has a shape of a seal as a whole, the bottom surface thereof a plurality of contact portions 122 arranged in a positional relationship that shown in FIG. 6 (b) on (against which surface pressed to the paper in use) is provided It is.

In the touch tool system 2, the tablet device 11 application in accordance with, for displaying an image of the selected electronic document by the user to the multi-touch panel 111. When the user is touching the input device 22 to the position to be imprinted on the image of the electronic document being displayed, the computer 112 is processing instructions corresponding to the position relationship between the contact portion 122 of the input device 22 used to seal the processing DB reading a group of data in accordance with the read processing instruction data group, for example, the following process is performed.
(1) an imprint image represented by the image data included in the processing instruction data group, to edit the data of the electronic document as an input device 22 on the image of the electronic document is displayed on the touch position and orientation.
(2) using the encryption key included in the processing instruction data group, to produce a message digest of the data of the electronic document generated in (1).

The above as data generated stamped processed electronic document is then prohibited is edited at all, the detection of the unauthorized editing based on the message digest is performed be edited if illegally. However, for example again by performing a touch operation by the input device 22 used for marking, the configuration prohibition of editing is released may be employed.

According to the touch tool system 2, so that the image is shown in Figure 7, the user can perform an electronic marking to the electronic document simply by touching the input device 22 to the multi-touch panel 111.

[2.2. Second Modification]
In the touch tool system 3 according to the second modification, for example miniature models simulating a famous buildings and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the pyramid input device 32 mounted on the pedestal is used. Instead of mounting the miniature models, characters showing pictures and their names, such as buildings and monuments may be printed or the like on the base top surface, for example. The bottom surface of the base, in order to identify each of the input device 32 of their cognate, a plurality of contact portions 122 disposed at each different positional relationship is provided.

In touch tool system 3, the tablet terminal 11 according to the application, is displayed as a default image, for example, a world map in the multi-touch panel 111. Placing the user e.g. Eiffel input device 32 on the multi-touch panel 111, the computer 112 is processing instruction data group corresponding to the positional relationship between the contact portion 122 of the input device 32 placed on the multi-touch panel 111 from the processing DB reading, in accordance with the read processing instruction data group, for example, the following process is performed.
(1) processing instruction data coordinate data (in this case, showing the Eiffel coordinates) included in the group read out aerial photograph data of the surrounding, the photographic image represented by the read aerial photograph data, the touch position by the coordinate data display is positioned as the coordinate indicated.
(2) processing to play the video data included in the instruction data group, performs guidance by video and still images and audio.

According to the touch tool system 3, so that image in FIG. 8 is shown, the user simply by placing the input device 32 of the landmarks to be received guidance on multi-touch panel 111, the landmarks of the geographic location and other it is possible to obtain various information.

Touch tool system 3 described above can be variously changed its content. For example describe examples of such content below.

Cooking Guide: By placing the input device 32 mounted with miniature models of food on multi-touch panel 111 (or touch), the guidance such as cooking point ingredients in accordance with an input device 32 used can be obtained. The input device 32 of a plurality of different foodstuffs is placed on a multi-touch panel 111 sequentially or simultaneously with (or is touched), the list of food using the plurality of food appears, selected from the list Cooking recipe is guidance.

Words educational materials: a character such as the alphabet and "ABCDE" touches the multi-touch panel 111 by the input device 32 that has been printed, reproduced and character pronunciation in accordance with an input device 32 used, the display of the words that contain the character It is made. Also, when sequentially or simultaneously touch a plurality of input devices 32, reproduction and display of the pronunciation of words containing a plurality of characters is performed.

Participatory story 1: the story is reproduced by movies with sound in accordance with the application (animation, movies, etc.) or still pictures with audio (picture book, picture-story show, etc.). During story playback, for example, in scene changes, by touching one of the input device 32 by the user is attached the figures of the characters in multi-touch panel 111, the story corresponding to the input device 32 used (e.g., the the characters and story to the viewpoint) is played.

Participatory Story 2: When you touch the input device 32 that is attached the figure of the anime character in multi-touch panel 111, which is displayed in the story of the background image in accordance with the application, anime character to the touched position appeared in the screen, moving or talking or. Further, by touching a plurality of input devices 32, a plurality of animated characters that correspond to those appeared in the screen, the story corresponding to the combination of animated characters is played.

Participatory games: games such as role-playing games and play-against-type game according to the application is in progress, when the user touches the input device 32 mounted the figure of the character in multi-touch panel 111, corresponding to the input device 32 used character is the characters in the game. Thereafter, the user (in the case of competitive games) his input device 32 to be to or rotated to slide on multi-touch panel 111, his or to fed the technique to a character in the game, various items it can be or continue your journey while to get (in the case of role-playing games).

As an example of participatory game, the present invention can also be used, such as in role-playing games and play-against-type game using the popularity of trading cards in recent years children. Figure 9 is a diagram showing how to play competitive games with appearance and that of the input device 32 of the trading card.

For example, and FIG. 9 (a) (b) shows the front and back surfaces of the appearance of the input device 32A of the user A owns, FIG 9 (c) and (d) are surface input device 32B of the user B owns and It shows the back of the appearance. As shown in FIG. 9 (b) and (d), on the back surface shape of the input device 32 is disposed a plurality of contact portions 122, their positional relationship is different between the input device 32A an input device 32B there. These positional relationships, respectively, show the identity of the character corresponding to the input device 32A and the input device 32B.

User A and user B, respectively on the screen of the competition game being executed in accordance with the application in the tablet terminal 11 puts the input device 32 that you own (FIG. 9 (e)), pressing from above gently if necessary . Accordance with the operation, the position of each of the contact portions 122 of the input device 32 by the tablet terminal 11 is read, based on their positional relationship contact portion 122, data of the character is read corresponding to the input device 32A and the input device 32B . As a result, as shown in FIG. 9 (f), the character is displayed on the battle field of competitive games, fighting between the characters is initiated.

Music video creation device: in accordance with the application, animated image selected by the user (e.g., such as animated image geometric pattern changes continuously) is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111. User desires to input device 32 that is printed in various instruments of the image on the multi-touch panel 111 position, when each disposed in the desired direction, setting the tone and their spatial volume balance for use in music reproduction. In this state, placing the input device 32 by the user is printed jacket image of music records on multi-touch panel 111, the music corresponding to the input device 32 which is placed is played. The user or change the tone by replacing and adjusting the spatial volume balance by changing the printing position and direction of the input device 32 of the instrument of the image on the multi-touch panel 111, an input device 32 be able to. The user input device 32 to image the various controllers such as a slide faders and rotary knobs acoustic mixer is printed on multi-touch panel 111, they by or rotating slide, playing music or to change the volume, or can not change the depth of the effect for the sound and video.

Virtual Key: as schematically shown in FIG. 10, according to first application, the image of the keyhole there door is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111. The app, is in the form of a key as a whole, an input device 32 that the end surface of the side is provided with the contact portion 122 in which the keyhole shape that plugs into the key hole is used. While pressing the user the end face of the input device 32 in the form of a key into the keyhole displayed on the multi-touch panel 111, for example, clockwise turn the input device 32, in response to the operation are displayed on the multi-touch panel 111 It opens the door to have, character or appeared in, privilege video or seen.

Guidance book: as schematically shown in FIG. 11, on the outside of the genuine products such as erasers and pencils, an input device 32 fitted with a plurality of contact portions 122 arranged in a positional relationship that identifies individual products We are prepared. The user input device 32 thereof, when pressed against the multi-touch panel 111 and the side of contact portion 122 is disposed in the lower, product guidance input device 32 which is pressed is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111.

The tablet terminal 11, the page data for instructing the display of each page of the product guidance consisting of a plurality of pages (i.e., the image data representing the image of the entire page) is stored. Then, turning clockwise by an angle in a predetermined range while pressing the input device 32 the user to multi-touch panel 111, the page data of the next page of the currently displayed page is read, the next page is a multi It is displayed on the touch panel 111. Moreover, turning counterclockwise by an angle within a predetermined range while pressing the input device 32 the user to multi-touch panel 111, the page data of the previous page of the currently displayed page is read, the previous page multi It is displayed on the touch panel 111.

Incidentally, during the movement of the pages, instead of moving in units of pages, the process of continuously lateral direction or scrolling up and down the page by an amount corresponding to the rotation angle of the input device 32 may be performed.

In addition, commodity guidance may be a moving image. Since video is realized by the processing for sequentially displaying time series manner arranged still images, in which case, is rotated while pressing the user input device 32 to the multi-touch panel 11, according to the operation, video fast forward reproduction, will be such as reverse playback.

Instead of rotating the input device 32 pressed against the multi-touch panel 111, for example, an operation to slide in a predetermined direction such horizontal direction or the vertical direction may be employed.

[2.3. Third Modification]
In the touch tool system 4 according to a third modified example, the input device 42 of the shape operable to roll by the user is used. Figure 12 is a diagram showing an example of such input devices 42. Input device 42 shown in FIG. 12 (a) has a cylindrical shape, the user by rolling while touching the curved sides to the multi-touch panel 111, the tablet device regions of elongated bar shape of a predetermined length receives an input to 11, it is possible to move the region in the longitudinal direction vertically.

The input device 42 shown in FIG. 12 (b) has a conical shape, the user by rolling while touching the curved sides to the multi-touch panel 111, the area of ​​the elongated bar shape of a predetermined length receives an input to the tablet terminal 11, it can be rotated moving the area around the one end portion in the longitudinal direction.

The input device 42 shown in FIG. 12 (c) has a shape obtained by cutting a sphere in a plane, the user by rolling while touching the curved sides to the multi-touch panel 111, the upper surface of the input device 42 focusing on the points on the multi-touch panel 111 positioned vertically below the center of the circle of the upper surface of the case of the horizontal lines radially extending within a predetermined range in any direction can be input to the tablet computer 11. Incidentally, in the center of the upper surface of the input device 42 on as shown in FIG. 12 (c), a handle for pinching a finger so that the user can easily hold the input device 42 is provided.

The input device 42 shown in FIG. 12 (d) has a shape obtained by cutting a cylinder in a plane, the user by rolling while touching the curved sides to the multi-touch panel 111, elongated predetermined length with the area of ​​rod-shaped inputting to the tablet terminal 11, it is possible to move the area within a predetermined range of longitudinal vertical. Note that also the central portion of the upper surface of the input device 42 on as shown in FIG. 12 (d), is provided a handle for pinching a finger so that the user can easily hold the input device 42.

Figure 13 is a diagram showing an example of a touch tool system 4 using an input device 42 having the shape as described above. In this example, according to the application, the tablet terminal 11 is functioning as a cooking play house game machine. Users ingredients resilient displayed on the multi-touch panel 111, for example, on the image of the noodle dough, to touch the input device 42 of the cylindrical shape shown for example in FIG. 12 (a), rolling while pressing it. As according to the strength direction and pressing rolling, gradually stretched the dough in the screen.

Note that such image processing, an input device 42 computer 112 corrective actions of the image corresponding to the pressing strength with respect to the position and multi-touch panel 111 of the line segment is identified from the input region to the multi-touch panel 111 successively by It is realized by going to go.

In tablet terminal 11 which functions as described above cooking play house game machine can also be made available input device 32 with miniature models used for example in the touch tool system 3. Thus, for example, or place food on the kitchen table by touching the input device 32 with ingredients miniature models, it is possible or topping ingredients on the finished food.

In the above description, the input device 42 functions as an input device for continuously repeating enter region of the same shape, such areas, for example an elongated rod-shaped. In contrast, an input device 42 structure which can be used as an input device for inputting different information depending on the position to be touched illustrated in FIG.

On curved sides of the input device 42 shown in FIG. 14, FIG. 14 (a) in the vertical upper surface input device 42 in a horizontal state of the center of the circle in contact points (upper surface in the multi-touch panel 111 as shown the lowest density of the contact portion 122 at a point located below), the contact portion 122 so that the density increases gradually are located toward the top surface.

With the input device 42 of such structures, the user by rolling the input device 42 on the multi-touch panel 111, to enter the parameters for large numbers enough to defeat large, continuously increase or decrease parameters, such a tablet terminal 11 it is possible to input against. That is, for example a touch region in the state of FIG. 14 (a) becomes a plurality of points of lower density, a touch region in the state of FIG. 14 (b) a plurality of points dense. Computer 112 by sequentially reading out a parameter corresponding to each of the touch regions of different shape as a whole of the processing DB, and obtains the continuously varying parameter.

Input device 42 as shown in FIG. 14, for example, in music video creation device realized by the touch tool system 3 described above, can be utilized as a joystick.

[2.4. Fourth Modification]
In the touch tool system 5 according to a fourth modification, a black pencil type, red pencil-type input device 52 in the form of various writing instruments eraser type or the like is used, the color preference to multi-touch panel 111 by using those or write a letter and pictures, can be or erase them.

Figure 15 is a diagram showing an example of the input device 52. FIG. 15 (a) an input device 52 of the black pen, FIG. 15 (b) an input device 52 of the red pen, FIG. 15 (c) is an input device 52 of the eraser type.

These on one end rounded and charged surface in the vicinity of the input device 52, a set of a plurality of contact portions 122 arranged in the same positional relationship are repeatedly arranged. Incidentally, when the input device 52 is touched to the multi-touch panel 111 at an arbitrary angle, so that at least one of those plurality of sets are always included in the touch region, the density (set in the placement of the contact portions 122 size ) is sufficiently small.

Positional relationship between the contact portion 122 in the set is different for each input device 52, the tablet device 11 based on the difference in their positional relationship, specifying whether the operation of writing and eraser is being performed by any of the input devices 52 can do. For example, user performs a handwriting operation on multi-touch panel 111 by using the input device 52 of FIG. 15 (a), the computer 112 is included in the processing instruction data group read out from the processing DB in accordance with the positional relationship, e.g. accordance with the data indicating the attributes of the line such as "black pencil 2 points", to draw the two points of the line thickness of the shading, such as writing in black pencil handwriting position.

Figure 15 (d) is the input device 52 of the black / red combined pencil. The one end rounded and charged surface in the vicinity of the input device 52 is divided into two regions indicated generally by the right and left in FIG. 15 (d), the example in the left region contacting portion 122 for red pencil set is disposed of, is arranged a set of contact portions 122 for black pencil on the right side of the region. Thus, the user can selectively use the color used to writing only by rotating the input device 52 around the axis in the writing operation character.

[2.5. Fifth Modification]
In the touch tool system 6 according to a fifth modification, an input device 62 of the fingerstall type to be attached to each finger of the user is used. Figure 16 is a diagram showing an example of a touch tool system 6 using the appearance and the input device 62 of the input device 62.

As shown in FIG. 16 (a), an input device 62 main body portion 621 of the bag-shaped sized to fit a finger made of conductive silicone rubber, for example thin, state in which the input device 62 is attached to the finger is constituted by a plurality of contact portions 122 provided on a region the main body portion 621 with possibility of touching the multi-touch panel 111 in the touch operation using a finger by normal user in.

Contact portion 122 in the input device 62, like the contact portion 122 in the input device 52, in which set of contact portions 122 arranged in a predetermined positional relationship is repeatedly arranged.

The user input device 62 of the positional relationship for each different fingers of the contact portion 122 in each set by attaching to the finger, thereby identifying one of the fingers to the tablet terminal 11 is touched at any position can. That is, for example when the user touches the multi-touch panel 111 in the right hand forefinger, computer 112 reads the processing instruction data group in accordance with the positional relationship between the contact portion 122 of the input device 62 mounted on the right index finger from the processing DB, read according to the data included in the processing instruction data group, it determines that the touch position is related to the index finger of the right hand.

Using input device 62, as shown in FIG. 16 (b), can be used the tablet terminal 11, for example, as a piano practice tool. In this piano practice tool, the tablet terminal 11 along with the scrolling display the score image in the right direction to the multi-touch panel 111 according to the application, to display the image of the piano keyboard. When the user performs a key-entry operation on the piano keyboard hand wearing the input device 62 in each finger, the computer 112 identifies whether the key depression at any intensity in which timing which keyboard in which the finger, the identified key and play immediately in accordance with the volume to the intensity identified the pitch-tone piano sound corresponding to the intensity.

When the song is finished, the computer 112 in addition to the timing and keying in the intensity of key depression by the user, determines whether the finger used in the key depression is correct advice for the user according to the determination result (e.g., fingering performing a display, etc.) the wrong place.

Incidentally, in the input device 62, the arrangement of the continuous contacting portion 122 of varying densities may be employed, such as those employed in the input device 42 shown in FIG. 14. Further, in the input device 62, the arrangement of the contact portion 122 which constitutes a different set of non-continuous positional relationship such as is employed in the input device 52 may be employed as shown in FIG. 15 (d). Using these input devices 62, the user adjusts the angle of the finger touching, for example, either a touch at a flat portion of the finger or touch near side, by performing the distinguishing such, different data at the same finger the it is possible to input to the tablet computer 11.

The input device 62 described above is provided with the main body portion of the wearable fingerstall type independently for each finger, two or more of the body portion attachable to a finger, for example, five fingers all hand in a body portion of the glove can be mounted, it may be each contact portion arranged at a different positional relationship is provided structure is adopted in the fingertip portion.

[2.6. Sixth Modification]
In the touch tool system 7 according to the sixth modified example, the input device 72 of the divider type is used. Although conventional dividers are used to take mainly measure the length of the object, the input device 72 is used when you want to enter such a repetition different positions circle segment and the same diameter of the same length .

Figure 17 is a diagram showing an example of a touch tool system 7 using the appearance and the input device 72 of the input device 72. As shown in FIG. 17 (a), the input device 72 is the main body portion 721 and the main body portion 2 legs of the contact portion 122 disposed on each of the front end portion of the 721 (one each with a structure similar to that of divider It has a number) and.

As shown in FIG. 17 (b), with respect to drafting the canvas that is displayed on the multi-touch panel 111 in accordance with the application, if you want to put draw the user, for example, repeatedly different positions of a line segment of the same length, the user is the line segment the two leg destination input device 72 opened in length, it is only necessary to touch the position you want to put draw a line segment.

Incidentally, in the input device 72, by arranging the contact portions 122 of the different example three positional relationship with each other in each leg destination, the leg destination either side in the tablet terminal 11 is to be identified whether the touch It can also be. That way, for example, if you want to give the arrow example in one of the line segments of the same length, by changing the direction of touching the input device 72, it is possible to input of a line segment with an arrow the direction desired. Note that this time, contact portions 122 of the three points so as to touch the always multi-touch panel 111 simultaneously regardless opening angle of the input device 72, it is necessary to adjust the placement and angle, shape.

Further, an input device 72 for the line, an input device 72 for a circle, as in may be available different input device 72 in accordance with the kind of figure drawing. By arranging a plurality of contact portions 122 of the different positional relationship Ashisaki their input device 72 to each other, it is possible to allow identify individual input device 72 to the tablet terminal 11.

[2.7. Seventh Modification]
In the touch tool system 8 according to the seventh modification, as the input device, it is used the same as the input device 32 according for example to a second modification. However, the input device to be used in the touch tool system 8, family members (for example, father, mother, brother, brother, sister, etc.) each of the figures is attached.

Tablet device 11 are differentiated management of various data corresponding to each of the members as different accounts. Then, each member of the family by touching an input device with a their own figures to the multi-touch panel 111, it is possible to log in to the tablet terminal 11 in your account.

Furthermore, the tablet terminal 11 can also manage shared account multiple members. For example, by brother and his brother put them simultaneously on a multi-touch panel 111 bring their own input devices, respectively, can be logged by the brother and his brother shared account of the tablet terminal 11.

The touch in tool system 8 can only be done for example touch call even if the input device of the personal data of the individual members of each application managed.

For example, after doing partway start from the beginning there is a brother game, save (save) the state, then, after the brother did partway start the same game from the beginning, was the state to save (save) and to. Thereafter, if the brother to resume the game, brother by touching his input device at the start screen of the game in multi-touch panel 111, the tablet device its own save data (various parameter data for the game restart) 11 to read in, it is possible to perform the game resumed from the state at the time of the previous save.

Thus, in the touch tool system 8, touch area data input by the touch operation of the input device is used as data for various authentication.

[2.8. Other Modifications]
In addition to the modifications described above, various modifications are conceivable. For example, in many embodiments and modifications described above, the touch area by each of the plurality of contact portions 122 is seen as a point. Then, based on the shape (positional relationship) specified by these points, the identification of each input device is performed. Alternatively, based on the shape of the touch area itself by respective contact portions 122 may be configured to adopt the identification of each input device is performed.

For example, the shape of the surface itself contact portion 122 is in contact with or in proximity to the multi-touch panel 111 by the respective different shapes such as a triangle or a quadrangle, entering the touch area data indicating their different shapes to the tablet terminal 11 can. Tablet device 11 based on the shape indicated by the touch area data inputted as such, by reading the instruction processing data group from the example process DB, executes various processes in accordance with an input device used in touch it can.

Further, in the embodiments and modifications described above, multi-touch panel 111 has been assumed to be projective capacitive, other methods may be employed. Incidentally, in which case, it is necessary material or the like in accordance with scheme adopted is selected as a material of the input device. For example, the method other than the capacitive type, the input device need not be configured of a conductive material.

Further, in the embodiments and modifications described above, although the panel display and the touch pad is assumed that multi-touch panel 111 is used that is integrated, for example, each disposed in a different housing display device and the touch pad data communication cable or the like configured to be connected to the computer 112 may be employed by. Incidentally, the case, for example, panel display may be integrated into the same housing as the computer 112.

Further, in the embodiments and modifications described above, it is assumed that the tablet terminal 11 multi-touch panel 111 and the computer 112 are integrated is used, the multi-touch panel display and computer located in each different housing for example data communication cables those connected may be used instead of the tablet terminal 11 by.

In the embodiments and modifications described above, although the tablet terminal 11 is assumed to be changed to various tools by executing the processing in accordance with various applications on the computer 112 to the tablet device 11 comprises, for example, a tablet terminal 11 only it serves as a specific tool according a ROM (Read only Memory) or the like written applications may be hardware configured as a so-called special-purpose machine.

In the description of the embodiments and modifications described above, although not specifically mentioned for embodiment tablet terminal 11 to communicate external communication equipment and data, tablet terminal 11 comprises a wireless or wired communication unit, such as a mobile phone necessary data from the outside via a communication network, the Internet, etc. may be acquired configured to be able to. For example, the world map information, such as recipe information, by enabling the data acquisition from the Internet, the tablet terminal 11 can function as more convenient tool.

Above As I mentioned, according to the input device according to the present invention, can be input to the multi-touch pad with one touch multiple locations or predetermined shape having a predetermined positional relationship. In particular, by using an input device according to the present invention, and many of the fine points and complicated shape having a predetermined positional relationship, that it is possible to perform impossible input with a finger or a conventional stylus, etc. it is a noteworthy point. Therefore, the input device according to the present invention, authentication, specification of an application to be used, such as calling data to be used can be widely used in applications that require some sort of identification.

Furthermore, the information according to the input device according to the present invention, in addition to the specification of possible locations in the conventional stylus, etc., in the direction (the direction of the input device) and a conventional stylus etc. such rotation is the change that could not enter it is possible to input of. Therefore, for example, the direction the image pasting and games simultaneous designation of the moving direction and the direction of the face of the characters in the scene of while you specify, such as the conventional is impossible or difficult was the input easily and in a natural sense it can be carried out.

Therefore, the input device according to the present invention, the program according to the present invention, when used in conjunction with data processing method or the data processing apparatus, functions as an extremely user-friendly input means.

Input device, a program, a data processing method and data processing apparatus can be widely used in manufacturing and service industries and their manufacture service industry to sell them.

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  1. A plurality of contact portions for detecting the contact or close positions on the multi-touch pad by touching or in proximity to the multi-touch pad,
    It said plurality of at least two input contact portion is arranged to simultaneously contact with or close to the multi-touch pad while maintaining a predetermined positional relationship with each other device of the contact portion.
  2. A body portion of tubular shape,
    The input device according the plurality of contact portions to claim 1 which is disposed on the end face one axial direction to a vertical cylindrical shape of the body portion.
  3. Equipped with a card-shaped main body,
    Wherein the input device of the plurality of contact portions claim 1 disposed on at least one surface of front and back surfaces of the main body portion.
  4. An input device according to any one of claims 1 to 3 can be changed by a predetermined operation on the input device a predetermined positional relationship by a user of the at least two contact portions.
  5. Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
    Contact portions simultaneously contact or proximate to the multi-touch pad when said plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is brought close to any portion of the region disposed on the multi-touch pad wherein as the at least two contact portions arranged in a predetermined positional relationship is always included, the input device according to claim 1, wherein the plurality of contact portions are arranged to in a.
  6. Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
    Contact portions simultaneously contact or proximate to the multi-touch pad when said plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is brought close to one portion of the region being arranged on the multi-touch pad the positional relationship between the at least two contact portions the are arranged in a predetermined positional relationship contained within the inside region where the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is convexly curved in the use state is arranged one at least two contact portions and the portions are arranged in the predetermined positional relationship contained in said multi-touch pad simultaneously in contact with or close to contact portion when brought close to other different parts of the multi-touch pad an input device according to claim 1 in which the positional relationship is so different, the plurality of contact portions are arranged.
  7. A body portion of the possible thin-walled bag-shaped attachment to a fingertip,
    Wherein the plurality of contact over the areas which may be in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad when at least the body portion is brought close to the fingertip mounted on the multi-touch pad of the outer surface of the body portion An input device according to claim 5 or 6 parts are arranged.
  8. At least a portion of the cylindrical side surface, a body portion having at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls,
    Wherein the plurality of contact portions the cylindrical side of the surface of the body portion, the input of claim 5 or 6 is disposed on the portion comprising at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls device.
  9. Comprising a contact portion for detecting the contact or close positions on the multi-touch pad by touching or in proximity to the multi-touch pad,
    When the contact portion is in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad, the shown lines or areas of a predetermined shape as a whole position detected by the said multi-touch pad by contact portions, the contact portion is of a predetermined input device forming the surface shape.
  10. The contact portion is constituted by a plurality of contact portions which constitute the same said predetermined surface shapes,
    Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
    When the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is curved in a convex is any portion of the region disposed in close proximity to the multi-touch pad in the use state, at least one contact of the plurality of contact portions parts always in contact or in proximity to the multi-touch pad, input device of claim 9, wherein the plurality of contact portions are arranged.
  11. The contact portion is constituted by a plurality of contact portions forming a different said predetermined surface shapes,
    Wherein the plurality of contact portions is disposed on the surface which is convexly curved in the use state,
    When the plurality of contact portions of the surface which is curved in a convex is any portion of the region disposed in close proximity to the multi-touch pad in the use state, at least one contact of the plurality of contact portions parts always in contact or in proximity to the multi-touch pad, input device of claim 9, wherein the plurality of contact portions are arranged.
  12. A body portion of the possible thin-walled bag-shaped attachment to a fingertip,
    Wherein the plurality of contact over the areas which may be in contact with or close to the multi-touch pad when at least the body portion is brought close to the fingertip mounted on the multi-touch pad of the outer surface of the body portion An input device according to claim 10 or 11 parts is arranged.
  13. At least a portion of the cylindrical side surface, a body portion having at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls,
    Wherein the plurality of contact portions the cylindrical side of the surface of the body portion, the input according to claim 10 or 11 is disposed on a portion comprising at least a portion of the shape of the outer surface of the conical side face and balls device.
  14. An input device according to any one of claims 1 to 13 display or shape for enabling identification in a predetermined direction of the input device to the user is visibly formed externally to the user.
  15. An input device according to any one of claims 1 to 14 display or shape for enabling identifying the input device to the user from the input device of the other of the same kind are visibly formed externally to the user.
  16. A computer connected to the multi-touch pad,
    And processing each stores one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between two or more points, stores one or more data in association with the positional relationship data relates each of the one or more positional relationship data,
    A process of acquiring the position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
    From among one or more positional relationship data stored in the processing for the storage, the process of searching the positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by the position data group acquired from the multi-touch pad,
    A process of reading one or more data stored in the process of the memory in association with the positional relationship data retrieved in the process of the search,
    Program for executing a process in accordance with one or more data read in the process of the reading.
  17. The process of specifying the region having one or more positions, or one or more of each shape based on the positions of two or more points represented by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring is executed by the computer,
    In the above process in accordance with one or more data, the program according to claim 16 for executing a process corresponding to a region having a specific position or shape in the process of the specific to the computer.
  18. To execute the process of specifying one or more directions on the basis of the positions of two or more points represented by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring in the computer,
    In the above process in accordance with one or more data, the program according to claim 16 or 17 to execute the processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of identifying the direction to said computer.
  19. As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of identifying the direction to select the image data to be determined in accordance with the specified direction from a plurality of image data defined of order, or the first image data image an image area of ​​a predetermined size to generate image data representing the partial image cut out at the position that is determined in accordance with the specified direction from a display device for displaying an image of the image data the selected or generated as shown program according to claim 18 for executing a process of outputting to the computer to.
  20. The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
    To execute the process of displaying an image showing the appearance of a predetermined object,
    Predetermined range based on a position as a processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the position of the two or more points indicated by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring is displayed in the object an inner, and only when the direction identified in the process of identifying the direction is a predetermined direction, the program according to claim 18 for executing a predetermined process on the computer.
  21. The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
    To execute the process of displaying a predetermined image,
    As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the position of the two or more points indicated by the position data group acquired in the process of the acquisition of the display to have the predetermined image in the processing for the display claims a partial image displayed on the area specified to execute a process of displaying replaced by partial image is varied according to a predetermined rule according to the specified direction in the process of identifying the direction to said computer by the program according to 18.
  22. The computer connected to the multi-touch pad is a touch panel for displaying images,
    To execute the process of reproducing a predetermined sound,
    As processing corresponding to the direction identified in the process of specifying the direction, the volume of the notes in the process of the reproduction, the process of changing in accordance with a predetermined rule in accordance with the specified direction in the process of specifying the direction program according to claim 18 for causing the computer to execute.
  23. In the process of the acquiring, to execute the processing for obtaining two or more position data groups to said computer,
    In the process of the search relates each of the two or more position data group acquired in the process of the acquiring, by performing a search of the positional relationship data to said computer,
    In the process of the reading relates to each of the two or more positional relationship data retrieved in the process of the search, to perform the reading of the one or more data to the computer,
    In the process according to one or more of the data the read, program according to any one of claims 16 to 22 to execute processing in accordance with one or more data of two or more sets read in the processing of the reading to the computer.
  24. Connected to the multi-touch pad data processing apparatus stores one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between each 2 or more points, the one or more in association with the positional relationship data relates each positional relationship data and storing one or more data,
    Wherein the data processing apparatus, acquiring the position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
    Wherein the data processing device, from among one or more positional relationship data stored in the step of storing, retrieving positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by the position data group acquired from the multi-touch pad ,
    A step of the data processing apparatus, reading one or more data stored in said step of storing in association with the positional relationship data retrieved in the step of the search,
    Wherein the data processing apparatus, data processing method and a step of executing a process in accordance with one or more data read out in said reading step.
  25. Storage means for each store one or more positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship between two or more points, stores one or more data in association with the positional relationship data relates each of the one or more positional relationship data,
    Obtaining means for obtaining a position data group of two or more position data associated with each other respectively show respective positions of the two or more points indicating an arbitrary positional relationship from the multi-touch pad,
    From among one or more positional relationship data stored in the storage means, search means for searching a positional relationship data indicating a positional relationship indicated by position data group acquired by the acquisition unit,
    Reading means for reading one or more data stored by said storage means in association with the positional relationship data retrieved by the retrieving means,
    A data processing apparatus and a processing execution means that executes processing in accordance with one or more data read by the reading means.
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