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(11)EP 3 014 594 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.02.2020 Bulletin 2020/09

(21)Application number: 14738706.2

(22)Date of filing:  20.06.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G08C 17/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/043408
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/209793 (31.12.2014 Gazette  2014/53)

(54)

GRID SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CONTROL

GITTERSYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUR FERNSTEUERUNG

SYSTÈME DE GRILLE ET PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE À DISTANCE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 26.06.2013 US 201313928305

(43)Date of publication of application:
04.05.2016 Bulletin 2016/18

(73)Proprietor: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
Englewood, CO 80112 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • MARTCH, Henry, Gregg
    Parker, Colorado 80138 (US)
  • VANDUYN, Luke
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126 (US)

(74)Representative: Sadler, Peter Frederick 
Reddie & Grose LLP The White Chapel Building 10 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 8QS
London E1 8QS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 667 485
EP-A2- 2 045 789
WO-A1-2010/126495
US-A1- 2010 085 208
EP-A2- 1 096 453
WO-A1-2009/038259
WO-A2-2007/074417
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND


    Technical Field



    [0001] This invention relates to remote control systems and, more particularly, to a remote control system and related user interface for controlling an interactive menu of a video feed using a grid system.

    Description of the Related Art



    [0002] Remote controls are commonly used with a variety of audio and video devices. The devices and paired remote controls have varying levels of complexity and sophistication, often with dozens of functions that are capable of being controlled through the remote control. As the number of functions a device is capable of increases, the number of buttons that a remote control has also increases, leading to complicated and confusing remote control layouts.

    [0003] One common way to handle the increased functions of a device is by using a directional pad on the remote control to control a user interface that is displayed to the user. The directional pad generally has buttons to move a cursor up, down, left, and right, and an additional button to select the currently highlighted option. Although this method increases the functions that can be controlled through a remote control, it can also be very time consuming for the user, requiring users to press several buttons in a row to choose the function that they wish to execute. Given that the directional pad does not provide alternate functionality beyond item-by-item menu navigation and selection, the directional pad also adds buttons to remote controls that are already filled with buttons. It is not uncommon with today's electronics to see remote controls with 50 or more buttons. WO 2009/038259 A1 discloses a video device and a remote control. When the user holds the remote control with one hand in a normal position the remote control and the video device are in the numeric mode. In the numeric mode the remote control keys have their preset functionality. If the user holds the remote control with both hands at the extreme ends thereof, the remote control and the video device are in the alphanumeric mode. In this mode, the keys are displayed on the display of the video device.

    BRIEF SUMMARY



    [0004] In accordance with the present invention, a method and system according to the independent claims are provided. Favourable embodiments are defined in the dependent claims.

    [0005] In accordance with the present disclosure, a remote control with buttons arranged in a grid pattern is used to control an associated device. The remote control and associated device both utilize a grid pattern with the same number of columns and rows. Each button of the remote control corresponds to a user selectable option displayed on a user interface of the associated device. The user is able to control the associated device by selecting one of the user selectable options by pressing the corresponding button on the remote control.

    [0006] According to one embodiment, a video device includes a controller coupled to a display screen, a memory coupled to the controller, a user interface stored on the memory and configured to be output to the display screen, a menu stored on the memory and displayable on the user interface, and a receiver coupled to the controller. The menu contains a variety of user selectable options that are arranged in a grid pattern. These user selectable options correspond to a variety of buttons that are also arranged in a grid pattern on a remote control. Each of the user selectable options has a corresponding button on the remote control, located in the same relative position in the grid pattern. When a user presses one of the buttons in the grid pattern, the corresponding user selectable option is selected.

    [0007] In a further embodiment, the grid pattern contains at least three rows and at least three columns. In one embodiment, the size of the grid pattern can be changed, depending on the user selectable options being displayed. In another further embodiment, the video device will visually indicate a user selectable option when the corresponding button in the grid pattern has been touched by a user.

    [0008] In yet another embodiment, the remote control buttons are dual-function. The buttons arranged in the grid pattern are used to highlight and select corresponding user selectable options when the user interface displays the user selectable options in a grid pattern. When the user interface does not display the user selectable options in a grid pattern, the video device transmits a signal to the remote control to enter into a "standard mode" in which the remote control executes different functions for button presses. In standard mode, the buttons arranged in the grid pattern execute a variety of static pre-set functions, such as play, pause, stop, rewind, up, down, left, right, and back.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0009] 

    FIG. 1 is a remote control system according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a remote control according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a video device according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 4 is a remote control system with a grid pattern according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 5 is a flowchart of the remote control system of FIG. 4.

    FIG. 6 is a flowchart of the operation of a video device according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 7 is a remote control system having a dual-function remote control according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 8 is a flowchart of the dial-function remote control of FIG. 7 according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0010] FIG. 1 shows a remote control system 10 according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. The remote control system 10 includes a remote control 12 and a video device 14. The video device 14 is generally a set-top box, but may be any device that displays video, such as a DVD player. The remote control 12 is paired with and used to control the video device 14, with functions of the video device being executed when a user presses assorted buttons on the remote control 12. The video device 14 is coupled to a display screen 16 and displays video feed and menus or other visuals. A user views the display screen 16, in part, to see a menu that the user interacts with in order to control the device with the remote control 12.

    [0011] The remote control 12 has a plurality of buttons 20 located such that a user can view and interact with the buttons 20. At least some of the buttons 20 are arranged in a grid pattern 22 on the remote control 12. The grid pattern 22 can have any number of columns and rows, but preferably has at least three columns, and at least three rows. On the display screen 16 the video device 14 outputs a user interface 30, which provides a number of user selectable options 32 to the user for control of the video device 14. At least some of the user selectable options 32 are also arranged in the same grid pattern 22 as the buttons 20 on the remote control 12. Each one of the user selectable options 32 that is arranged in the grid pattern 22 corresponds to each one of the buttons 20 that are arranged in the grid pattern 22. For example, as shown in FIG. 1, the top, left button "1" corresponds to the top, left selectable option "1," and the middle button "5" corresponds to the middle selectable option "5." The corresponding buttons 20 and user selectable options 32 provide a way to select options and execute functions on the video device with a relatively low number of buttons 20.

    [0012] FIG. 2 shows a block diagram of the remote control 12. The remote control 12 contains a first controller 40, touch sensor 42, button sensor 44, first memory 46 and first receiver/transmitter 48. The first controller 40 is coupled to the touch sensor 42, button sensor 44, memory 46 and receiver/transmitter 48. The first controller 40 can be any microprocessor or other logic controller capable of processing input and output functions.

    [0013] The touch sensor 42 is a sensor capable of detecting an object that is touching or in close proximity to the sensor. The sensor may be any common touch sensor, such as capacitive touch sensors, inductive touch sensors, resistive touch sensors or any other suitable sensor. The object that is touching the sensor is generally a finger, but may also be a stylus or any other object used for touch functionality. The touch sensor 42 is located under the buttons 20, particularly the buttons 20 that are arranged in the grid pattern 22. The touch sensor senses the position of a finger or other object on the buttons 20 that are arranged in the grid pattern 22 to determine which button is being touched. The touch sensor is coupled to the first controller 40, which processes the output of the touch sensor 42.

    [0014] The button sensor 44 is generally a pressure sensitive sensor located under the buttons 20. The button sensor 44 detects when an object, preferably a finger, presses a button. The button sensor 44 is used to detect when a user desires to select one of the user selectable options 32 using the grid pattern 22, or is used to execute a variety of static functions that may be assigned to assorted buttons 20. Upon pushing the button, the button sensor 44 will output a signal to the controller 40, which processes and sends the signal to the video device.

    [0015] In alternative embodiments, the button sensor could also be the touch sensor 42. In such an embodiment, the button sensor 44 would register touches that are different from those that the touch sensor 42 is configured to register. For example, the button sensor 44 could register a finger double-tapping the touch sensor 42, or any other specific touch motion.

    [0016] The first memory 46 is coupled to the first controller 40 and used to store instructions, data, and other information. The first memory 46 is generally any non-volatile memory, such as ROM or Flash memory, but may include any memory device, such as DRAM or SRAM. The first memory stores instructions for the first controller 40, as well as other information and data related to the remote control 12 or video device 14.

    [0017] The receiver/transmitter 48 is coupled to the first controller 40 and configured to send and receive wireless signals. The wireless signals are generally radio signals, such as RF4CE or Bluetooth, but can also be infrared signals or any other wireless signal. In a preferred embodiment, the remote control 12 and video device 14 are in two-way communication with each other. The remote control 12 sends signals to the video device primarily to instruct the video device to execute the assorted functions associated with the buttons 20 located on the remote control, or any other instructions or information that the video device needs from the remote control. The video device 14 also sends signals to the remote control 12. These signals are received by the receiver 48, and are configured to instruct the remote control 12 of the state of the video device, or to provide other information to the remote control such as software updates. In an alternative embodiment, the remote control 12 may contain only a transmitter, and is not configured to receive wireless signals.

    [0018] FIG. 3 shows a block diagram of the video device 14. The video device contains a second controller 50, second transmitter/receiver 52, second memory 54 and output 56. The second controller 50 is coupled to the second memory, second transmitter/receiver and output of the video device, and acts a processor for inputs and outputs of the video device. The second controller 50 is preferably a microprocessor, but can be any device capable of logic functions and processing inputs and outputs.

    [0019] The second transmitter/receiver 52 is configured to receive and transmit signals with the first transmitter 48 of the remote control 12. The second receiver/transmitter 52 performs many of the same functions described above with respect to the first receiver/transmitter 48 of the remote control 12. The receiver 52 may also be configured to receive radio signals over Wi-Fi, or receive a wired internet, satellite or cable connection in order to receive video information from a remote server.

    [0020] The second memory 54 is coupled to the second controller 50, and configured to store instructions and other data. The memory 54 may be any volatile or non-volatile memory, such as Flash, ROM or RAM. In some embodiments, the memory 54 may consist of multiple types of memory, such as volatile memory for storing temporary instructions or data, and non-volatile memory for storing permanent instructions or data.

    [0021] The output 56 is coupled to the controller 50, and configured to connect to the display screen 16. The output 56 is an analog or digital video, audio or audio/video output, such as HDMI, DVI, composite video, VGA or component video. The output 56 is used to connect the video device 14 to the display screen 16 in order to display information or entertainment the user. The user interface 30, and related grid pattern 22 and user selectable options 32, are viewed by the user via the output 56 and display screen 16.

    [0022] FIGs. 4-6 show the remote control system 10 utilizing the grid pattern 22. The user first enters into the user interface on the video device 14. This can be performed automatically upon start-up of the video device 14, or may be entered via instruction by the remote control 12. Once the user interface 30 has been entered, the user views the user interface 30 on the display screen 16. The user interface 30 will have a variety of functions, at least some of which will utilize the grid pattern 22. When a user desires to perform a function or functions using the grid pattern 22, the video device 14 will display the grid pattern 22 on the display screen 16.

    [0023] As shown in FIGs. 5 and 6, the remote control 12 and associated touch sensor 42 will first detect a finger or other object touching the buttons 20 at 102. When the touch sensor 42 detects a finger touching a specific button 20, it will transmit this data to the video device 14 through the first transmitter 48. Upon receiving the signal from the remote control 12, the video device 14 will highlight the corresponding user selectable option 32 on the user interface at 104. As the user moves their finger around the remote control 12 to different buttons 20, the video device 14 visually indicates the user selectable options 32 that correspond to the button currently being touched at 104. The visual indication may be changing the color of the use selectable option 32, placing a border around the option 32, enlarging the option 32 or any other suitable means to indicate the option. In this way, the user can move their finger around the buttons that are arranged in the grid pattern 22 and view which button 20 they are currently touching by showing the corresponding user selectable option 32 on the display screen 16. This allows users to use the remote control 12 in low-light environments, common for television or movie watching. In addition to viewing the corresponding user selectable option 32 highlight on the screen, the remote control 12 may provide tactile feedback to the user in order to distinguish between the different buttons 20 in the grid pattern 22. For example, the buttons may be separated by a raised or lowered channel, allowing a user to feel the border between different buttons so that they may feel when they have moved their finger to a new button 20. Alternatively, the buttons may provide a brief vibration when the touch sensor 42 detects that the user has moved their finger from one button to another.

    [0024] Once a user has touched the button 20 that corresponds to the user selectable option 32 that they wish to select, they will select that option by pressing the button 20. The button sensor 44 will detect when a button has been pressed, and transmit the information to the video device through the transmitter 48 at 106. When the video device receives the signal indicating that button has been pressed, it will select the user selectable option 32 corresponding to the button being pressed at 108. If a button 20 that is not a part of the grid pattern 22 is pressed, or if the grid pattern 22 is not currently in use, the button's pre-set function, such as power, volume, channel or other functions, will be transmitted to the video device 14.

    [0025] FIGs. 7-8 show an embodiment of the remote control system 10 wherein the remote control 12 is a dual-function device. The remote control 12 uses buttons 20, particularly the buttons arranged in the grid pattern 22, as dual-function buttons. Each button arranged in the grid pattern 22 has a pre-set function, as well as functioning as the corresponding button to a user selectable option 32. The remote control 12 receives signals from the video device 14 that instruct the remote control which of the dual-function modes it will enter. When the video device is displaying a grid pattern 22 on the user interface, it will instruct the remote control 12 to enter a "grid mode," and when the video device is not displaying the grid pattern 22, it will instruct the remote control 12 to enter a "standard mode."

    [0026] The buttons 20 that are arranged in the grid pattern 22 also have at least one pre-set function each that is performed when in "standard mode." For example, a button may have the function of DVR, Guide, Search, Select, or a directional function such as up, down, left or right. In a preferred embodiment, these functions will be visually labeled on the remote control 12, as seen in Fig. 7. When the video device 14 is in "standard mode" these pre-set, labeled functions will execute upon a user pressing one of the buttons 20. When functioning in "standard mode," the remote control 12 will function in a similar fashion to a standard remote control, wherein each button has a pre-set function.

    [0027] When the video device 14 displays the user selectable options 32 in a grid pattern on the display screen 16, it sends a signal to the remote control 12 to enter into a "grid mode." The grid mode changes the functionality of the buttons 20 arranged in the grid pattern 22 from the pre-set functions of the "standard mode" to functioning as corresponding buttons to the user selectable options 32. While in grid mode, each of the buttons of the grid pattern 22 act to select the corresponding user selectable option 32 of the user interface 30. For example, with respect to Fig. 7, when in grid mode, a user touching the "guide" button will highlight the user selectable option "C" which will type the letter C into a search query or other text input.

    [0028] In an alternative embodiment, the user may select between "grid mode" and "standard mode" even when the grid pattern 22 is being displayed on the user interface 30. Many users will be used to the standard functionality of a remote control, and therefore will desire to use the "standard mode" to navigate through the user selectable options 32 using a directional pad.

    [0029] The various embodiments described above can be combined to provide further embodiments. Aspects of the embodiments can be modified, if necessary to employ concepts of the various patents, applications and publications to provide yet further embodiments.

    [0030] These and other changes can be made to the embodiments in light of the above-detailed description. In general, in the following claims, the terms used should not be construed to limit the claims to the specific embodiments disclosed in the specification and the claims, but should be construed to include all possible embodiments along with the full scope to which such claims are entitled. Accordingly, the claims are not limited by the disclosure.


    Claims

    1. A method comprising the following steps executed by a video device (14):

    outputting a user interface stored on a memory of the video device to a display screen;

    outputting a plurality of user selectable options arranged in a grid pattern, the grid pattern of the menu comprising a plurality of rows and columns, on the user interface;

    receiving wireless signals from a remote control having a plurality of buttons arranged in a same grid pattern as the plurality of user selectable options, each one of the plurality of buttons corresponding to one of the plurality of user selectable options;

    highlighting one of the plurality of user selectable options in response to a user touching the corresponding one of the plurality of buttons on the remote control; and

    selecting one of the plurality of user selectable options in response to the user pressing the corresponding one of the plurality of buttons on the remote control,

    wherein the method further comprises changing the number of rows and columns in the grid pattern of the menu based on what user selectable options are being displayed;

    the method further comprising, at a remote control (12):

    receiving a signal at the remote control from the video device, the remote control configured to enter into a grid mode in response to a first signal, and a standard mode in response to a second signal;

    entering into the grid mode comprising: sensing a finger position on a plurality of buttons arranged in a grid pattern, the grid pattern of the menu comprising a plurality of rows and columns, on the remote control, the plurality of buttons corresponding to a user interface with a plurality of user selectable options arranged in the same grid pattern as the plurality of buttons,

    wherein each of the plurality of user selectable options corresponds to one of the plurality of buttons;

    transmitting the finger position to a video device, the video device configured to output to a display screen and to visually indicate the user selectable option that corresponds to the button touched by the sensed finger;

    detecting one of the plurality of buttons being pressed; and transmitting the button press to the video device, the video device configured to select the user selectable option corresponding to the pressed button; and

    entering into the standard mode comprising:
    detecting one of the plurality of buttons being pressed; and transmitting the button press to the video device, the video device configured to execute a pre-set function tied to the pressed button.


     
    2. The method of claim 1, further comprising transmitting a signal to the remote control to configure the buttons to execute a pre-set static function.
     
    3. The method of claim 1, further comprising at the remote control providing tactile feedback when a user moves their finger from one of the buttons to another of the buttons.
     
    4. The method of claim 3, wherein the tactile feedback is a physical structure positioned between each of the plurality of buttons arranged in the grid pattern.
     
    5. A system comprising a video device and a remote control configured to carry out the method of any of claims 1 to 4.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren, umfassend die folgenden Schritte, die durch eine Videovorrichtung (14) ausgeführt werden:

    Ausgeben einer in einem Speicher der Videovorrichtung gespeicherten Benutzerschnittstelle an einen Anzeigebildschirm;

    Ausgeben mehrerer benutzerauswählbarer Optionen, die in einem Gittermuster angeordnet sind, wobei das Gittermuster des Menüs mehrere Zeilen und Spalten auf der Benutzerschnittstelle umfasst;

    Empfangen von Funksignalen von einer Fernbedienung mit mehreren Tasten, die in einem selben Gittermuster wie die mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen angeordnet sind, wobei jede der mehreren Tasten einer der mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen entspricht;

    Hervorheben einer der mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen als Reaktion darauf, dass ein Benutzer die entsprechende der mehreren Tasten auf der Fernbedienung berührt; und

    Auswählen einer der mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen als Reaktion darauf, dass der Benutzer die entsprechende der mehreren Tasten auf der Fernbedienung drückt, wobei das Verfahren ferner ein Ändern der Anzahl von Zeilen und Spalten in dem Gittermuster des Menüs basierend auf den angezeigten benutzerauswählbaren Optionen umfasst;

    wobei das Verfahren ferner Folgendes an einer Fernbedienung (12) umfasst:

    Empfangen eines Signals an der Fernbedienung von der Videovorrichtung, wobei die Fernbedienung konfiguriert ist, um als Reaktion auf ein erstes Signal in einen Gittermodus und als Reaktion auf ein zweites Signal in einen Standardmodus einzutreten;

    Eintreten in den Gittermodus, Folgendes umfassend:

    Erfassen einer Fingerposition auf mehreren Tasten, die in einem Gittermuster angeordnet sind, wobei das Gittermuster des Menüs mehrere Zeilen und Spalten auf der Fernbedienung umfasst, wobei die mehreren Tasten, die einer Benutzerschnittstelle mit mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen entsprechen, in dem selben Gittermuster wie die mehreren Tasten angeordnet sind, wobei jede der mehreren benutzerauswählbaren Optionen einer der mehreren Tasten entspricht;

    Übertragen der Fingerposition an eine Videovorrichtung, wobei die Videovorrichtung konfiguriert ist, um die Fingerposition an einen Anzeigebildschirm auszugeben und um die benutzerauswählbare Option, die der von dem erfassten Finger berührten Taste entspricht, visuell anzugeben;

    Feststellen einer der mehreren gedrückten Tasten; und

    Übertragen des Tastendrucks an die Videovorrichtung, wobei die Videovorrichtung konfiguriert ist, um die benutzerauswählbare Option auszuwählen, die der gedrückten Taste entspricht; und

    Eintreten in den Standardmodus, Folgendes umfassend:

    Feststellen einer der mehreren gedrückten Tasten; und

    Übertragen des Tastendrucks an die Videovorrichtung, wobei die Videovorrichtung konfiguriert ist, um eine voreingestellte Funktion auszuführen, die an die gedrückte Taste gebunden ist.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend das Übertragen eines Signals an die Fernbedienung, um die Tasten zu konfigurieren, um eine voreingestellte statische Funktion auszuführen.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend ein Bereitstellen einer taktilen Rückmeldung an der Fernbedienung, wenn ein Benutzer seinen Finger von einer der Tasten zu einer anderen der Tasten bewegt.
     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 3, wobei die taktile Rückmeldung eine physische Struktur ist, die zwischen jeder der mehreren Tasten in dem Gittermuster angeordnet ist.
     
    5. System, umfassend eine Videovorrichtung und eine Fernbedienung, die konfiguriert sind, um das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4 durchzuführen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé comprenant les étapes suivantes exécutées par un dispositif vidéo (14) :

    l'émission d'une interface utilisateur stockée sur une mémoire du dispositif vidéo sur un écran d'affichage ;

    l'émission d'une pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur agencées selon un motif de grille, le motif de grille du menu comprenant une pluralité de lignes et de colonnes, sur l'interface utilisateur ;

    la réception de signaux sans fil d'une télécommande ayant une pluralité de boutons agencés selon un même modèle de grille que la pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur,

    chacun de la pluralité de boutons correspondant à l'une de la pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur ;

    la mise en évidence de l'une de la pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur en réponse à un utilisateur touchant le bouton correspondant de la pluralité de boutons sur la télécommande ; et

    la sélection de l'une de la pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur en réponse à l'utilisateur pressant le bouton correspondant de la pluralité de boutons sur la télécommande, le procédé comprenant en outre la modification du nombre de lignes et de colonnes dans le modèle de grille du menu en fonction des options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur qui sont affichées ;

    le procédé comprenant en outre, au niveau d'une télécommande (12) :

    la réception d'un signal au niveau de la télécommande depuis le dispositif vidéo, la télécommande étant configurée pour entrer dans un mode de grille en réponse à un premier signal, et dans un mode standard en réponse à un second signal ;

    l'entrée en mode grille comprenant : la détection d'une position de doigt sur une pluralité de boutons agencés selon un motif de grille, le motif de grille du menu comprenant une pluralité de lignes et de colonnes, sur la télécommande, la pluralité de boutons correspondant à une interface utilisateur avec une pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur agencée selon le même motif de grille que la pluralité de boutons, chacune de la pluralité d'options sélectionnables par l'utilisateur correspondant à l'un de la pluralité de boutons ;

    la transmission de la position du doigt à un dispositif vidéo, le dispositif vidéo étant configuré pour émettre sur un écran d'affichage et pour indiquer visuellement l'option sélectionnable par l'utilisateur qui correspond au bouton touché par le doigt détecté ;

    la détection d'un bouton parmi la pluralité de boutons étant pressé ; et la transmission de la pression de bouton au dispositif vidéo, le dispositif vidéo étant configuré pour sélectionner l'option sélectionnable par l'utilisateur correspondant au bouton pressé ; et

    l'entrée en mode standard comprenant :
    la détection d'un bouton parmi la pluralité de boutons étant pressé ; et la transmission de la pression du bouton au dispositif vidéo, le dispositif vidéo étant configuré pour exécuter une fonction prédéfinie liée au bouton pressé.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre la transmission d'un signal à la télécommande pour configurer les boutons pour exécuter une fonction statique prédéfinie.
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre au niveau de la télécommande la fourniture d'une rétroaction tactile lorsqu'un utilisateur déplace son doigt d'un des boutons à un autre des boutons.
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 3, dans lequel la rétroaction tactile est une structure physique positionnée entre chacun de la pluralité de boutons agencés dans le motif de grille.
     
    5. Système comprenant un dispositif vidéo et une télécommande configurés pour mettre en Ĺ“uvre le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4.
     




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