(19)
(11)EP 3 309 672 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
18.04.2018 Bulletin 2018/16

(21)Application number: 17196639.3

(22)Date of filing:  16.10.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/0488(2013.01)
(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
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 17.10.2016 CN 201610902435

(71)Applicant: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
Beijing 100085 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • DAI, Lin
    Beijing, Beijing 100085 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Peng
    Beijing, Beijing 100085 (CN)
  • XIONG, Dawei
    Beijing, Beijing 100085 (CN)

(74)Representative: dompatent von Kreisler Selting Werner - Partnerschaft von Patent- und Rechtsanwälten mbB 
Deichmannhaus am Dom Bahnhofsvorplatz 1
50667 Köln
50667 Köln (DE)

  


(54)METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RESTRAINING EDGE TOUCHES


(57) The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for restraining edge touches. The method includes: when determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquiring locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal; determining a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and when the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determining a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user. When the terminal is held via the single hand, by determining the certain restraining region at the edge of the screen, it may prevent the terminal from responding to undesired operations due to touching the screen via other fingers except for the thumb.




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present disclosure relates to the communication field, and more particularly, to a method and a device for restraining edge touches.

BACKGROUND



[0002] At present, phones have become general in daily life. In various scenarios, it requires a user to operate a phone with a single hand. In general, a screen of the phone is touched by a thumb. For example, when the user travels by bus, the thumb generally may swipe the screen to turn pages when the phone is operated by the single hand for reading an e-book. However, as other fingers may hold the phone, undesired operations may be resulted from touches of the screen via the other fingers.

SUMMARY



[0003] According to a first aspect of embodiments of the present disclosure, there is provided a method for restraining edge touches. The method includes:

when determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquiring locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal;

determining a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and

when the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determining a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user. Preferably, the two edges of the screen are located at opposing sides of the screen.



[0004] In an embodiment, acquiring locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal includes:

sensing the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.



[0005] In an embodiment, determining a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points includes:

if one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, determining the holding manner as the single-hand holding manner.



[0006] In an embodiment, determining a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner includes:

acquiring locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen, in which at least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen; and

determining a length of the restraining region according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.



[0007] In an embodiment, determining to trigger a touch restraining detection includes:

if detecting a signal to unlock the screen, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

if detecting that a preset application is started, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

if receiving an instruction to start the touch restraining detection, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection.



[0008] In an embodiment, the method further includes:

when determining to stop the touch restraining detection, disabling the restraining region such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.



[0009] In an embodiment, determining to stop the touch restraining detection includes:

if detecting that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, determining to stop the touch restraining detection; or

if detecting a signal to lock the screen, determining to stop the touch restraining detection;

if detecting that a preset application is closed, determining to stop the touch restraining detection;

if receiving an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection, determining to stop the touch restraining detection.



[0010] According to a second aspect of embodiments of the present disclosure, there is provided a device for restraining edge touches. The device includes:

an acquiring module, configured to, when it is determined to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquire locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal;

a first determining module, configured to determine a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and

a second determining module, configured to, when it is determined that the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determine a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.



[0011] In an embodiment, the acquiring module includes:

a first acquiring sub-module, configured to sense the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.



[0012] In an embodiment, the first determining module includes:

a first determining sub-module, configured to, if one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, determine the holding manner as the single-hand holding manner.



[0013] In an embodiment, the second determining module includes:

a second acquiring sub-module, configured to acquire locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen, in which at least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen; and

a second determining sub-module, configured to determine a length of the restraining region according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.



[0014] In an embodiment, the acquiring module includes:

a first detecting sub-module, configured to, if a signal to unlock the screen is detected, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

a second detecting sub-module, configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is started, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

a third detecting sub-module, configured to, if an instruction to start the touch restraining detection is received, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection.



[0015] In an embodiment, the device further includes:

a third determining module, configured to, when it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection, disable the restraining region such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.



[0016] In an embodiment, the third determining module includes:

a fourth detecting sub-module, configured to, if it is detected that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a fifth detecting sub-module, configured to, if a signal to lock the screen is detected, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a sixth detecting sub-module, configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is closed, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a seventh detecting sub-module, configured to, if an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection is received, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.



[0017] According to a third aspect of embodiments of the present disclosure, there is provided an apparatus for restraining edge touches. The apparatus includes:

a processor; and

a memory configured to store an instruction executable by the processor;

in which the processor is configured to:

when determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquire locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal;

determine a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and

when the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determine a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.



[0018] It is to be understood that, both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the present disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0019] The accompanying drawings herein are incorporated in and become parts of the specification, illustrate embodiments consistent with the disclosure and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the disclosure.

Fig. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a method for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 2 is a schematic diagram illustrating a terminal according to an exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 3 is a schematic diagram illustrating a terminal according to another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 4 is schematic diagram illustrating a terminal according to another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a method for restraining edge touches according to another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 7 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 8 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 9 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 10 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 11 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 12 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 13 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 14 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 15 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment;

Fig. 16 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to yet another exemplary embodiment; and

Fig. 17 is a block diagram illustrating an apparatus for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0020] Descriptions will now be made in detail to exemplary embodiments, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. The following description refers to the accompanying drawings in which the same numbers in different drawings represent the same or similar elements unless otherwise represented. The implementations set forth in the following description of exemplary embodiments do not represent all implementations consistent with the disclosure. Instead, they are merely examples of devices and methods consistent with aspects related to the disclosure as recited in the appended claims.

[0021] Fig. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a method for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment. Referring to Fig, 1, the method is applied to a terminal and the method includes followings.

[0022] At act S11, when it is determined to trigger a touch restraining detection, locations of one or more touch points sensed by the terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal are acquired.

[0023] In an embodiment, when it is determined by the terminal to trigger the touch restraining detection, the terminal starts a touch restraining detecting function. The terminal starts to detect the location of the touch points at the edges of the screen. Specifically, the touch points may be caused by fingers. Temperature sensors, capacitance sensors and the like may be arranged at the edges of the terminal to sense the locations of the touch points at the edges of the screen.

[0024] At act S12, a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal is determined according to the locations of the one or more touch points.

[0025] In an embodiment, the holding manner may be determined according to the locations of the touch points. For example, according to common rules, when the terminal is held via two hands by the user, there may be more than one touch point sensed at each edge of the screen. When the terminal is held via a single hand, a thumb may be placed at one edge of the terminal. Therefore, only one touch point is sensed at one edge of the terminal, and one or more touch points are sensed at another edge of the terminal. Furthermore, according to the locations of the touch points, it may be determined whether the terminal is held by a single right hand or a single left hand. Therefore, by making simple rules, the holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal may be determined according to the locations of the touch points.

[0026] At act S313, when it is determined that the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating the terminal is held by a single hand, a restraining region is determined at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.

[0027] In an embodiment, when it is determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner according to the locations of the one or more touch points, the restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner is determined, such that the touch points sensed by the terminal within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user. For example, when the holding manner is a right-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single right hand, only one touch point is sensed at the right edge of the screen while at least two touch points are sensed at the left edge of the screen. Therefore, corresponding to the right-hand holding manner, the restraining region is determined proximate to the left edge of the screen. The restraining region may prevent the terminal from responding to undesired operations due to touching the screen via other fingers except for the thumb.

[0028] It is to be noted that, the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments are mostly suitable for the terminal in a portrait mode. In general, when the terminal is in a landscape mode, it is unlikely to hold the terminal via one hand. Therefore, the method is less applied to the terminal in the landscape mode. However, the present disclosure is not limited to apply the method to the terminal in the portrait mode.

[0029] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, when it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection, the locations of the one or more touch points sensed by the terminal at the two edges of the screen are acquired. The holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal is determined according to the locations of the one or more touch points. The restraining region is determined at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner when the holding manner is determined to be the single-hand holding manner, such that the touch points within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user. When the terminal is held via the single hand, by determining the restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, it may prevent the terminal from responding to undesired operations due to touching the screen via other fingers except for the thumb.

[0030] Alternatively, on the basis of embodiments illustrated as Fig. 1, acquiring the locations of the one or more touch points sensed by the terminal at the two edges of the screen of the terminal includes followings. The locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen are sensed via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.

[0031] In an embodiment, the temperature sensors are arranged at edges of the terminal. As illustrated in Fig. 2, a plurality of temperature sensors are arranged at both of the left and the right edges of the terminal. By detecting temperature of fingers via the temperature sensors, the locations of the one or more touch points are sensed. For example, as the temperature of a human ranges normally from 36 degree centigrade to 38 degree centigrade, when the temperature sensed by a temperature sensor is in a range from 36 degree centigrade to 38 degree centigrade, it may be determined that the temperature sensed by the temperature sensor is of the fingers so as to determine the locations of the one or more touch points. As illustrated in Fig. 3, certain locations of the touch points caused by the thumb and other fingers may be determined according to the sensed temperature. The holding manner may be determined according to the locations of the touch points. For example, according to the locations of the touch points illustrated in Fig. 3, it is determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner and it may be further determined that the single-hand holding manner is a left-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single left hand.

[0032] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen are sensed via the temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the terminal. Since the temperature sensors are developed enough, by sensing the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via the temperature sensors, not only the locations are acquired quickly, but also it is easy to implement and cost is low.

[0033] Alternatively, determining the holding manner according to the locations of the one or more touch points includes followings. When one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen while at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, it is determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner.

[0034] As illustrated in Fig. 3, one touch point is sensed at the left edge of the terminal (the left edge is the first edge), while three touch points are sensed at the right edge of the terminal (the right edge is the second edge). According to the locations of the touch points, it may be determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner. Thus, the restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner is determined. As illustrated in Fig. 4, the restraining region is determined proximate to the locations of the touch points caused by other fingers except for the thumb. Therefore, when the other fingers except for the thumb touch the screen within the restraining region, the terminal do not respond to that so as to avoid undesired operations. The restraining region may include separate regions as illustrated in Fig. 4, or the restraining region may be an integral region including three separate regions as illustrated in Fig. 4, which is not limited in embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0035] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, if one touch point is sensed at the first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at the second edge of the screen, it is determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner. The method is simple and is easy to implement, thus to quickly determine the holding manner.

[0036] Fig. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a method for restraining edge touches according to another exemplary embodiment. The method is applied to a terminal. On the basis of the embodiments illustrated as Fig. 1, illustrated as Fig. 5, determining the restraining region at the one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner includes followings.

[0037] At act S51, locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen are acquired. At least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0038] In an embodiment, in order to avoid undesired operations caused by other fingers except for the thumb, it is required to determine the restraining region proximate to an edge at which at least two touch points are sensed. Therefore, the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen are acquired, and at least two touch points are sensed at the third edge. As illustrated in Fig. 4, the right edge of the terminal is determined as the third edge.

[0039] At act S52, a length of the restraining region is determined according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0040] In an embodiment, the length of the restraining region may be determined by the terminal according to the maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen or a center point of a length of the restraining region may be set by the terminal. Thus, a location and a size of the restraining region may be updated according to the locations of the touch points, thereby preventing the undesired operations more flexibly. As illustrated in Fig. 4, the terminal may determine the length of the restraining region according to the distance between a topmost touch point and a bottommost touch point sensed at the right edge of the screen, thereby ensuring an effective prevention of undesired operations caused by other fingers except for the thumb. A width of the restraining region may be a defaulted value, for example, the width of the restraining region may be 0.3cm, which is not limited in embodiments of the present disclosure. An area of the restraining region may be determined according to the length and the width. When the other fingers except the thumb holds at the edges of screen, corresponding touch points sensed within the restraining region are not responded. That is, when the other fingers touch or click the screen within the restraining region, the touch or the click is invalid. Therefore, if the undesired operations are caused by the other fingers except for the thumb when the terminal is held by the single hand, the terminal is prevented from responding to the undesired operations.

[0041] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, by acquiring the locations of the at least two touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen, the length of the restraining region is determined according to the maximum distance between the locations of the touch points. Therefore, the location and the size of the restraining region are updated flexibly according to the locations of the touch points, so as to prevent the undesired operations more flexibly.

[0042] Further, on the basis of embodiments illustrated as Fig. 1, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection includes followings.

[0043] If a signal to unlock the screen is detected, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0044] Alternatively, if it is detected that a preset application is started, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0045] Alternatively, if an instruction to start the touch restraining detection is received, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0046] In an embodiment, only when conditions to trigger the touch restraining detection are satisfied, the touching restraining detection is triggered by the terminal. For example, when the screen of the terminal is locked, the touch restraining detection is not triggered. When the signal to unlock the screen is received, the touch restraining detection is triggered. Alternatively, when a preset application, such as WeChat, QQ (message applications) or TaoBao (shopping application) and the like, is started, the touch restraining detection is triggered. When another application which is not the preset application is started, the touch restraining detection is not triggered. Alternatively, when it is required to start the touch restraining detection for the user, by sending the instruction to start the touch restraining detection to the terminal, for example by words, special keys, special patterns, voices and the like, the touch restraining detection is triggered.

[0047] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, when the signal to unlock the screen is detected, or it is detected that the preset application is started, or the instruction to start the touch restraining detection is received, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection. Only when the conditions to trigger the touch restraining detection are satisfied, the terminal triggers the touch restraining detection. Therefore, it avoids extra power consumption result from unnecessary touch restraining detections, and furthermore loads of a processor of the terminal may be alleviated.

[0048] Further, on the basis of embodiments illustrated as Fig. 1, the method for restraining edge touches may further include followings. When it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection, the restraining region is disabled, such that the touch points sensed in the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.

[0049] In an alternative embodiment, determining to stop the touch restraining detection includes followings.

[0050] If it is detected that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0051] Alternatively, if the signal to lock the screen is detected, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0052] Alternatively, if it is determined that the preset application is closed, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0053] Alternatively, if the instruction to stop the touch restraining detection is received, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0054] In an embodiment, it is required to stop the touch restraining detection in some cases. The restraining region is disabled such that the terminal may respond to the touch points sensed in the screen anywhere. For example, when it is detected that the terminal is not held by the single-hand holding manner, such as the terminal is held by two hands or the terminal is placed fixedly, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection. Alternatively, when the signal to lock the screen is detected, for example the screen of the terminal is locked when the terminal is standby or in a preset mode for saving power, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection. Alternatively, when it is detected that the preset application, such as WeChat, QQ, TaoBao the like, is closed, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection. Alternatively, when the touch restrained detection is not required for the user, by sending the instruction to stop the touch restraining detection to the terminal, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0055] With the method for restraining edge touches according to embodiments of the present disclosure, when it is detected that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, or the signal to stop the touch restraining detection is detected, or it is detected that the preset application is closed, or the instruction to stop the touch restraining detection is received, the touch restraining detection is stopped on time. Therefore, it is ensured that the operations input by the user may be responded in any region in the screen. Furthermore, by stopping the touch restraining detection on time, the power consumption of the terminal may be reduced and the loads of the processor of the terminal may be alleviated.

[0056] Fig. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment. As illustrated in Fig. 6, the device includes an acquiring module 11, a first determining module 12 and a second determining module 13.

[0057] The acquiring module 11 is configured to, when it is determined to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquire locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal.

[0058] The first determining module 12 is configured to determine a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points.

[0059] The second determining module 13 is configured to, when it is determined that the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determine a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.

[0060] Regarding to the device described in above embodiments, detailed operation manners of each module has been described in detail in corresponding method embodiments, which is not elaborated herein.

[0061] Fig. 7 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to another exemplary embodiment. As illustrated in Fig. 7, the acquiring module 11 includes a first acquiring sub-module 111.

[0062] The first acquiring sub-module 111 is configured to sense the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.

[0063] In an alternative embodiment, as illustrated in Fig. 7, the first determining module 12 includes a first determining sub-module 121.

[0064] The first determining sub-module 121 is configured to, if one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, determine the holding manner as the single-hand holding manner.

[0065] In an alternative embodiment, as illustrated in Fig. 7, the second determining module 13 includes a second acquiring sub-module 131 and a second determining module 132.

[0066] The second acquiring sub-module 131 is configured to acquire locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen. At least touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0067] The second determining sub-module 132 is configured to determine a length of the restraining region according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0068] Regarding to the device described in above embodiments, detailed operation manners of each module has been described in detail in corresponding method embodiments, which is not elaborated herein.

[0069] Figs. 8 to 10 illustrate the acquiring module 11. In an alternative embodiment, the acquiring module 11 includes a first detecting 112. In an alternative embodiment, the acquiring module 11 includes a second detecting sub-module 113. In an alternative embodiment, the acquiring module 11 includes a third detecting sub-module 114.

[0070] The first detecting sub-module 112 is configured to, if a signal to unlock the screen is detected, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0071] The second detecting sub-module 113 is configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is started, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0072] The third detecting sub-module 114 is configured to, if an instruction to start the touch restraining detection is received, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0073] Regarding to the device described in above embodiments, detailed operation manners of each module has been described in detail in corresponding method embodiments, which is not elaborated herein.

[0074] Fig. 11 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to still another exemplary embodiment. As illustrated in Fig. 11, the device further includes a third determining module 14.

[0075] The third determining module 14 is configured to, when it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection, disable the restraining region such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.

[0076] Figs. 12 to 15 illustrate the third determining module 14. In an alternative embodiment, the third determining module 14 includes a fourth detecting sub-module 141. In an alternative embodiment, the third determining module 14 includes a fifth detecting sub-module 142. In an alternative embodiment, the third determining module 14 includes a sixth detecting sub-module 143. In an alternative embodiment, the third determining module 14 includes a seventh detecting sub-module 144.

[0077] The fourth detecting sub-module 141 is configured to, if it is detected that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0078] The fifth detecting sub-module 142 is configured to, if a signal to lock the screen is detected, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0079] The sixth detecting sub-module 143 is configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is closed, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0080] The seventh detecting sub-module 144 is configured to, if an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection is received, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0081] Regarding to the device described in above embodiments, detailed operation manners of each module has been described in detail in corresponding method embodiments, which is not elaborated herein.

[0082] Fig. 16 is a block diagram illustrating a device for restraining edge touches according to yet another exemplary embodiment. As illustrated in Fig. 16, the device includes a processor 12, and a memory 22.

[0083] The memory 22 is configured to store an instruction executable by the processor 21.

[0084] The processor 21 is configured to when determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquire locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal; to determine a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and when the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, to determine a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed in the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.

[0085] Regarding to the device described in above embodiments, detailed operation manners of each module has been described in detail in corresponding method embodiments, which is not elaborated herein.

[0086] Fig. 17 is a block diagram illustrating an apparatus for restraining edge touches according to an exemplary embodiment. For example, the apparatus 800 may be a mobile phone, a computer, a digital broadcasting terminal, a messaging device, a game console, a tablet device, a medical device, fitness equipment, a Personal Digital Assistant PDA, and the like.

[0087] Referring to Fig. 17, the apparatus 800 may include the following one or more components: a processing component 802, a memory 804, a power component 806, a multimedia component 808, an audio component 810, an Input/Output (I/O) interface 812, a sensor component 814, and a communication component 816.

[0088] The processing component 802 typically controls overall operations of the apparatus 800, such as the operations associated with display, telephone calls, data communications, camera operations, and recording operations. The processing component 802 may include one or more processors 820 to execute instructions to perform all or part of the acts in the above described methods. Moreover, the processing component 802 may include one or more modules which facilitate the interaction between the processing component 802 and other components. For instance, the processing component 802 may include a multimedia module to facilitate the interaction between the multimedia component 808 and the processing component 802.

[0089] The memory 804 is configured to store various types of data to support the operation of the apparatus 800. Examples of such data include instructions for any applications or methods operated on the apparatus 800, contact data, phonebook data, messages, pictures, video, etc. The memory 804 may be implemented using any type of volatile or non-volatile memory devices, or a combination thereof, such as a static random access memory (SRAM), an electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM), an erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), a programmable read-only memory (PROM), a read-only memory (ROM), a magnetic memory, a flash memory, a magnetic or optical disk.

[0090] The power component 806 provides power to various components of the apparatus 800. The power component 806 may include a power management system, one or more power sources, and any other components associated with the generation, management, and distribution of power in the apparatus 800.

[0091] The multimedia component 808 includes a screen providing an output interface between the apparatus 800 and the user. In some embodiments, the screen may include a liquid crystal display (LCD) and a press panel (TP). If the screen includes the touchable panel, the screen may be implemented as a touch screen to receive input signals from the user. The touchable panel includes one or more touch sensors to sense touches, swipes, and other gestures on the touchable panel. The touch sensors may not only sense a boundary of a touch or swipe action, but also sense a duration time and a pressure associated with the touch or swipe action. In some embodiments, the multimedia component 808 includes a front camera and/or a rear camera. The front camera and/or the rear camera may receive external multimedia data while the apparatus 800 is in an operation mode, such as a photographing mode or a video mode. Each of the front camera and the rear camera may be a fixed optical lens system or have focus and optical zoom capability.

[0092] The audio component 810 is configured to output and/or input audio signals. For example, the audio component 810 includes a microphone (MIC) configured to receive an external audio signal when the apparatus 800 is in an operation mode, such as a call mode, a recording mode, and a voice recognition mode. The received audio signal may be further stored in the memory 804 or transmitted via the communication component 816. In some embodiments, the audio component 810 further includes a speaker to output audio signals.

[0093] The I/O interface 812 provides an interface for the processing component 802 and peripheral interface modules, such as a keyboard, a click wheel, buttons, and the like. The buttons may include, but are not limited to, a home button, a volume button, a starting button, and a locking button.

[0094] The sensor component 814 includes one or more sensors to provide status assessments of various aspects of the apparatus 800. For instance, the sensor component 814 may detect an open/closed status of the apparatus 800 and relative positioning of components (e.g. the display and the keypad of the apparatus 800). The sensor component 814 may also detect a change in position of the apparatus 800 or of a component in the apparatus 800, a presence or absence of user contact with the apparatus 800, an orientation or an acceleration/deceleration of the apparatus 800, and a change in temperature of the apparatus 800. The sensor component 814 may include a proximity sensor configured to detect the presence of nearby objects without any physical contact. The sensor component 814 may also include a light sensor, such as a CMOS or CCD image sensor, for use in imaging applications. In some embodiments, the sensor component 814 may also include an accelerometer sensor, a gyroscope sensor, a magnetic sensor, a pressure sensor, or a temperature sensor.

[0095] The communication component 816 is configured to facilitate wired or wireless communication between the apparatus 800 and other apparatuses. The apparatus 800 can access a wireless network based on a communication standard, such as WIFI, 2G, or 3G, or a combination thereof. In one exemplary embodiment, the communication component 816 receives a broadcast signal or broadcast associated information from an external broadcast management system via a broadcast channel. In one exemplary embodiment, the communication component 816 further includes a near field communication (NFC) module to facilitate short-range communications. For example, the NFC module may be implemented based on a radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, an infrared data association (IrDA) technology, an ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, a Bluetooth (BT) technology, and other technologies.

[0096] In exemplary embodiments, the apparatus 800 may be implemented with one or more application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), digital signal processors (DSPs), digital signal processing devices (DSPDs), programmable logic devices (PLDs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), controllers, micro-controllers, microprocessors, or other electronic components, for performing the method for transmitting an uplink signal.

[0097] In exemplary embodiments, there is also provided a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having instructions, such as the memory 804 including instructions. The instructions may be executed by the processors 820 of the apparatus 800 to perform the above method for restraining edge touches. For example, the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium may be a ROM, a RAM, a CD-ROM, a magnetic tape, a floppy disc, an optical data storage device, and the like.

[0098] There is provided a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, when instructions stored therein are executed by a processor of a mobile terminal, causing the mobile terminal to perform a method for restraining edge touches. The method includes following.

[0099] When determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal are acquired.

[0100] A holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal is determined according to the locations of the one or more touch points.

[0101] When the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, a restraining region is determined at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.

[0102] In an embodiment, acquiring the locations of the one or more touch points sensed by the terminal at two edges of the screen of the terminal includes followings.

[0103] The locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen are sensed via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.

[0104] In an embodiment, determining the holding manner according to the locations of the one or more touch points includes followings.

[0105] If one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, it is determined that the holding manner is the single-hand holding manner.

[0106] In an embodiment, determining the restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner includes followings.

[0107] Locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen are acquired. At least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0108] A length of the restraining region is determined according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.

[0109] In an embodiment, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection includes followings.

[0110] If detecting a signal to unlock the screen, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

[0111] Alternatively, if detecting that a preset application is started, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

[0112] Alternatively, if receiving an instruction to start the touch restraining detection, it is determined to trigger the touch restraining detection.

[0113] In an embodiment, the method further includes followings.

[0114] When determining to stop the touch restraining detection, the restraining region is disabled such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.

[0115] In an embodiment, determining to stop the touch restraining detection includes followings.

[0116] If detecting that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection; or

[0117] Alternatively, if detecting a signal to lock the screen, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection;

[0118] Alternatively, if detecting that a preset application is closed, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection;

[0119] Alternatively, if receiving an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection, it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection.

[0120] Other embodiments of the disclosure will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the disclosure disclosed here. This application is intended to cover any variations, uses, or adaptations of the disclosure following the general principles thereof and including such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art.


Claims

1. A method for restraining edge touches, comprising:

when determining to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquiring (S11) locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal;

determining (S12) a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and

when the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determining (S13) a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.


 
2. The method according to claim 1, wherein acquiring (S11) locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal comprises:

sensing the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.


 
3. The method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein determining (S12) a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points comprises:

if one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, determining the holding manner as the single-hand holding manner.


 
4. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein determining (S13) a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner comprises:

acquiring (S51) locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen, wherein at least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen; and

determining (S52) a length of the restraining region according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.


 
5. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein determining to trigger a touch restraining detection comprises:

if detecting a signal to unlock the screen, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

if detecting that a preset application is started, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

if receiving an instruction to start the touch restraining detection, determining to trigger the touch restraining detection.


 
6. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising:

when determining to stop the touch restraining detection, disabling the restraining region such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.


 
7. The method according to claim 6, wherein determining to stop the touch restraining detection comprises:

if detecting that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, determining to stop the touch restraining detection; or

if detecting a signal to lock the screen, determining to stop the touch restraining detection;

if detecting that a preset application is closed, determining to stop the touch restraining detection;

if receiving an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection, determining to stop the touch restraining detection.


 
8. A device for restraining edge touches, comprising:

an acquiring module (11), configured to, when it is determined to trigger a touch restraining detection, acquire locations of one or more touch points sensed by a terminal at two edges of a screen of the terminal;

a first determining module (12), configured to determine a holding manner indicating how to hold the terminal according to the locations of the one or more touch points; and

a second determining module (13), configured to, when it is determined that the holding manner is a single-hand holding manner indicating that the terminal is held by a single hand, determine a restraining region at one edge of the screen corresponding to the single-hand holding manner, such that touch points sensed within the restraining region do not trigger the terminal to respond to operations input by a user.


 
9. The device according to claim 8, wherein the acquiring module (11) comprises:

a first acquiring sub-module (111), configured to sense the locations of the one or more touch points at the two edges of the screen via temperature sensors arranged at the two edges of the screen.


 
10. The device according to claim 8 or 9, wherein the first determining module (12) comprises:

a first determining sub-module (121), configured to, if one touch point is sensed at a first edge of the screen and at least two touch points are sensed at a second edge of the screen, determine the holding manner as the single-hand holding manner.


 
11. The device according to any one of claims 8 to 10, wherein the second determining module (13) comprises:

a second acquiring sub-module (131), configured to acquire locations of touch points sensed at a third edge of the screen, wherein at least two touch points are sensed at the third edge of the screen; and

a second determining sub-module (132), configured to determine a length of the restraining region according to a maximum distance between the locations of the touch points sensed at the third edge of the screen.


 
12. The device according to any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein the acquiring module (11) comprises:

a first detecting sub-module (112), configured to, if a signal to unlock the screen is detected, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

a second detecting sub-module (113), configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is started, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection; or

a third detecting sub-module (114), configured to, if an instruction to start the touch restraining detection is received, determine to trigger the touch restraining detection.


 
13. The device according to any one of claims 8 to 12, comprising:

a third determining module (14), configured to, when it is determined to stop the touch restraining detection, disable the restraining region such that the touch points sensed within the restraining region trigger the terminal to respond to the operations input by the user.


 
14. The device according to claim 13, wherein the third determining module (14) comprises:

a fourth detecting sub-module (141), configured to, if it is detected that the holding manner is not the single-hand holding manner, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a fifth detecting sub-module (142), configured to, if a signal to lock the screen is detected, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a sixth detecting sub-module (143), configured to, if it is detected that a preset application is closed, determine to stop the touch restraining detection; or

a seventh detecting sub-module (144), configured to, if an instruction to stop the touch restraining detection is received, determine to stop the touch restraining detection.


 
15. An apparatus for restraining edge touches, comprising:

a processor (21); and

a memory (22) configured to store an instruction executable by the processor (21);

wherein the processor (21) is configured to perform the method according to any one of claims 1 to 7.


 




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