(19)
(11)EP 3 338 167 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.11.2023 Bulletin 2023/44

(21)Application number: 16837314.0

(22)Date of filing:  17.08.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/01(2006.01)
G06F 1/16(2006.01)
G06F 3/0488(2022.01)
G06F 3/048(2013.01)
G06F 3/04886(2022.01)
G09G 5/00(2006.01)
G06F 3/147(2006.01)
G06F 3/0484(2022.01)
G06F 3/04847(2022.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
G06F 3/147; G09G 2354/00; G06F 1/1626; G06F 1/1652; G06F 1/1684; G06F 2203/0339; G06F 3/04886; G06F 3/04847; G06F 3/016; G06F 2203/04105
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2016/009049
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/030372 (23.02.2017 Gazette  2017/08)

(54)

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ELEKTRONISCHE VORRICHTUNG UND STEUERUNGSVERFAHREN DAFÜR

DISPOSITIF ÉLECTRONIQUE ET PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE ASSOCIÉ


(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: 18.08.2015 KR 20150116324

(43)Date of publication of application:
27.06.2018 Bulletin 2018/26

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 16677 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • PARK, Seong Woong
    Seoul 06276 (KR)
  • KANG, Byung Jin
    Seoul 05502 (KR)
  • KIM, Nam Hoi
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do 16509 (KR)
  • LEE, Do Hyung
    Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do 16846 (KR)
  • LEE, Sae Rom
    Seoul 01403 (KR)

(74)Representative: HGF 
HGF Limited 1 City Walk
Leeds LS11 9DX
Leeds LS11 9DX (GB)


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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

Technical Field



[0001] The present disclosure relates to an electronic device including a pressure sensor and a control method thereof.

Background Art



[0002] With the development of electronic technologies, various types of electronic products have been developed and supplied. In particular, portable electronic devices, which have a variety of functions, such as a smart phone, a tablet personal computer (PC), and the like have been increasingly used.

[0003] Most electronic devices being recently developed are equipped with a display, and a variety of displays, such as an active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display, a flexible display, a transparent display, a display with a curved region, and the like, are being developed.

[0004] The above information is presented as background information only to assist with an understanding of the present disclosure. No determination has been made, and no assertion is made, as to whether any of the above might be applicable as prior art with regard to the present disclosure.

[0005] US2015/062052 A1 concerns an electronic device displaying a user interface in a first display state. The device detects a first portion of a gesture on a touch-sensitive surface, including detecting intensity of a respective contact of the gesture. In response to detecting the first portion of the gesture, the device displays an intermediate display state between the first display state and a second display state. In response to detecting the end of the gesture: if intensity of the respective contact had reached a predefined intensity threshold prior to the end of the gesture, the device displays the second display state; otherwise, the device redisplays the first display state. After displaying an animated transition between a first display state and a second state, the device, optionally, detects an increase of the contact intensity. In response, the device displays a continuation of the animation in accordance with the increasing intensity of the respective contact.

[0006] US2008/024459 A1 concerns an apparatus including a display section with a touch screen, the touch screen being adapted to display at least one graphical user interface object and detect a touch position on the touch screen. The apparatus has a haptic feedback generating unit attached to the touch screen and is adapted to generating haptic feedback. A pressure sensing unit is attached to the touch screen and adapted to detect pressure applied to the touch screen. A controller section is adapted to control and drive the display section. The graphical user interface object displayed on the touch screen has a plurality of logical states. The controller section determines a current logical state of the graphical user interface object and a form of the haptic feedback to be generated depending on the detected touch position.

[0007] US2012/154329 A1 concerns an input apparatus capable of informing an operator of an execution state of a motion, executed based on pressing of keys and buttons after a predetermined period, through the keys and buttons pressed. An input apparatus has a touch sensor configured to detect a contact, a load detection unit configured to detect a pressure load on a touch face of the touch sensor, a tactile sensation providing unit configured to vibrate the touch face, and a control unit configured to control the tactile sensation providing unit when the pressure load detected by the load detection unit continuously satisfies a predetermined standard for a predetermined period such that a tactile sensation is provided to an object pressing the touch face.

[0008] US2014/253504 A1 concerns a system comprising a mobile device and an assembly of sensors that are attached to the device and that provide added control functions of the device. The sensors may consist of flex pressure or motion sensors or essentially any sensor construct that can receive tactile input from the touch of a user. The sensors are connected to the device through input-output pins or through a proprietary wireless communication protocol. The sensors transfer user actions to provide commands to the device to operate the specific functionalities associated with the sensor data. In certain embodiments, the pressure sensors are formed in an array such that a chain of sensor inputs maps a movement by the user to an action performed by the device. With the appropriate mechanical expedients, haptic capabilities are provided such that feedback to the user is provided by pressure or vibration sensations on the device.

[0009] US2007/222768 A1 concerns a method of navigating, organising, browsing, searching, and selecting information objects and/or content in a ring based structure, wherein the relation between rings are clear and easily grasped. The method is particularly well suited for navigating in media content. The method comprises locating a number of information objects, displaying one or more of the information objects on a display in a ring based structure comprising one or more rings, and changing the size of a specific ring by selecting the specific ring. By this enlargement, the visibility of information objects comprised in the specific ring is increased, and the individual information objects visually present in the ring, may readily be selected from the enlarged ring.

Disclosure of Invention



[0010] In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, an electronic device is provided according to claim 1.

[0011] In accordance with another aspect of the present disclosure, a control method of an electronic device is provided according to claim 10.

[0012] Other aspects, advantages, and salient features of the disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses various embodiments of the present disclosure.

Advantageous Effects of Invention



[0013] According to various embodiments of the present disclosure, an excellent user experience may be provided by providing a visual and tactile effect based on a pressure applied to an electronic device while minimizing power consumption of the electronic device.

Brief Description of Drawings



[0014] The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of certain embodiments of the present disclosure will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIGS. 2a and 2b are diagrams illustrating a location of a pressure sensor according to various embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIGS. 3a and 3b are graphs illustrating a pressure value provided to a control module according to various embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIGS. 4a to 4c are diagrams illustrating an operation for applying a blur effect to a display screen according to various embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIGS. 5a to 5c are diagrams illustrating an operation for displaying a volume adjustment object on a display according to various embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a method for controlling an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure; and

FIG. 7 is a block diagram of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.



[0015] Throughout the drawings, it should be noted that like reference numbers are used to depict the same or similar elements, features, and structures.

[Mode for Invention]



[0016] The following description with reference to the accompanying drawings is provided to assist in a comprehensive understanding of various embodiments of the present disclosure as defined by the appended claims.

[0017] An electronic device according to various embodiments of the present disclosure may include at least one of smartphones, tablet personal computers (PCs), mobile phones, video telephones, electronic book readers, desktop PCs, laptop PCs, netbook computers, workstations, servers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), portable multimedia players (PMPs), Moving Picture Experts Group phase 1 or phase 2 (MPEG-1 or MPEG-2) audio layer 3 (MP3) players, mobile medical devices, cameras, or wearable devices. According to various embodiments, a wearable device may include at least one of an accessory type of a device (e.g., a timepiece, a ring, a bracelet, an anklet, a necklace, glasses, a contact lens, or a head-mounted-device (HMD)), one-piece fabric or clothes type of a device (e.g., electronic clothes), a body-attached type of a device (e.g., a skin pad or a tattoo), or a bio-implantable type of a device (e.g., implantable circuit).

[0018] FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0019] Referring to FIG. 1, an electronic device 100 may include a display 110, an input module 120, a sensor module 130, a motor 140, and a control module 150.

[0020] Content may be displayed on a display screen of the display 110. The content, for example, may include a picture, a video, an application execution screen, a user interface, an icon, a notification message, and the like.

[0021] According to an embodiment, the display 110 may include a flat region (or a main display region) and a curved region (or a sub-display region). According to an embodiment, the display 110 may include at least one (e.g., two) curved region. For example, the display 110 may include the curved regions, which are connected with the flat region, at left and right sides of the flat region. According to another embodiment, the display 110 may include only the flat region except the curved region.

[0022] The input module 120 may receive a user manipulation. According to an embodiment, the input module 120 may include a touch sensor panel that senses a touch manipulation of a user or a pen sensor panel that senses a pen manipulation of a user. According to an embodiment, the input module 120 may not only sense the user manipulation inputted through a direct contact with the panel (e.g., the touch sensor panel or the pen sensor panel), but it may also sense the user manipulation inputted within a specific distance without a direct contact with the panel.

[0023] According to an embodiment, the input module 120 and the display 110, for example, may be implemented with a touch screen that is capable of performing a display function and sensing the touch manipulation at the same time. In the touch screen, the touch sensor panel (or the pen sensor panel) may be disposed on the display panel.

[0024] According to an embodiment, the sensor module 130 may sense a state of the electronic device 100. According to an embodiment, the sensor module 130 includes a pressure sensor 131 and a sensor hub 133.

[0025] According to an embodiment, the pressure sensor 131 may sense a pressure (or a force) applied to the electronic device 100. According to an embodiment, the pressure sensor 131 may include a force sensing resistor (FSR) sensor. The FSR sensor may include a FSR device of which the resistance decreases as a pressure (or a force) applied to a surface thereof increases. The FSR sensor may sense the pressure applied to the electronic device 100 based on the resistance change of the FSR device. According to an embodiment, the sensor module 130 may include at least one (e.g., plural) the pressure sensor 131.

[0026] According to an embodiment, the sensor module 130 provides the control module 150 with a pressure value corresponding to the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor 131. According to an embodiment, a pressure value corresponding to the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor 131 is sent to the control module 150 through the sensor hub 133. It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that,, a pressure value corresponding to the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor 131 may be sent to the control module 150 without going through the sensor hub 133. For example, in the case where the electronic device 100 does not include the sensor hub 133, a pressure value corresponding to the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor 131 may be directly sent to the control module 150.

[0027] The sensor hub 133 controls an operation of a sensor (e.g., the pressure sensor 131) included in the sensor module 130. According to an embodiment, the sensor hub 133 provides the pressure value received from the pressure sensor 131 to the control module 150.

[0028] According to an embodiment, the sensor hub 133 determines an interval (or a range) to which the pressure value received from the pressure sensor 131 belongs. For example, if the received pressure value is less than a first pressure value, the sensor hub 133 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to a first interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than a second pressure value, the sensor hub 133 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to a second interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the second pressure value, the sensor hub 133 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to a third interval. According to an embodiment, in the case where the sensor module 130 includes a plurality of pressure sensors 131, the sensor hub 133 may determine an interval (or a range), to which a plurality of pressure values received from the pressure sensors 131 belong, by using a representative value of the pressure values received from the pressure sensors 131. For example, the sensor hub 133 may determine an interval, to which a plurality of pressure values belong, by using an average value of the pressure values received from the pressure sensors 131. As another example, the sensor hub 133 may determine an interval, to which a plurality of pressure values belong, by using a maximum value of the pressure values.

[0029] According to an embodiment, the sensor hub 133 sends a pressure value to the control module 150 based on an interval to which the pressure value received from the pressure sensor 131 belongs.

[0030] The motor 140 may convert an electrical signal into a mechanical vibration. According to an embodiment, the motor 140 may generate the following effects: vibration, haptic effect, and the like. For example, if the pressure sensor 131 senses a pressure of a specific interval, the motor 140 may generate a haptic effect under control of the control module 150.

[0031] The control module 150 may control overall operations of the electronic device 100. For example, the control module 150 may respectively control elements (e.g., the display 110, the input module 120, and the sensor module 130) of the electronic device 100 and process information (or interrupt or command) received from the elements.

[0032] According to an embodiment, the control module 150 may be a system on chip (SoC) (e.g., an AP) that includes a processor (or a CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU), a video processor, and the like.

[0033] According to an embodiment, the control module 150 performs an operation that corresponds to the pressure value received from the sensor module 130. According to an embodiment, the control module 150 may receive a pressure value from the sensor hub 133 though it is also disclosed for the purposes of illustration that the pressure value could be directly received from the pressure sensor 131. It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that, the control module 150 may determine an interval (or a range) to which the pressure value received from the sensor module 130 belongs. For example, if the received pressure value is less than the first pressure value, the control module 150 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the first interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the control module 150 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the second interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the second pressure value, the control module 150 may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the third interval. It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that in the case where a plurality of pressure values are received from the pressure sensors 131, the control module 150 may determine an interval (or a range), to which the received pressure values belong, by using a representative value of the received pressure values. For example, the control module 150 may determine an interval, to which a plurality of pressure values belong, by using an average value of the pressure values received from the pressure sensors 131. As another example, the control module 150 may determine an interval, to which a plurality of pressure values belong, by using a maximum or minimum value of the pressure values received from the pressure sensors 131.

[0034] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value of a specific interval (e.g., the second interval) is received from the sensor module 130, the control module 150 may generate a haptic effect by using the motor 140. For example, if a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value is received, the control module 150 may generate a haptic effect by using the motor 140. If a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value is received, the control module 150 may generate a haptic effect corresponding to the received pressure value by using the motor 140. For example, as the received pressure value becomes greater, a magnitude of a haptic effect may become greater. As another example, as the received pressure value becomes greater, the duration of the haptic effect may become longer or shorter.

[0035] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value of a specific interval (e.g., a pressure value that belongs to the second interval) is received from the sensor module 130, the control module 150 may apply a blur effect to a display screen. This will be described later with reference to FIGS. 4a to 4c.

[0036] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value of a specific interval (e.g., a pressure value that belongs to the second interval) is received from the sensor module 130, the control module 150 may display a volume adjustment object on the display screen. This will be described later with reference to FIGS. 5a to 5c.

[0037] FIGS. 2a and 2b are diagrams illustrating a location of a pressure sensor according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0038] FIG. 2a is a front view of an electronic device 200 (e.g., the electronic device 100 of FIG. 1), and FIG. 2b is a section of the electronic device 200 (e.g., the electronic device 100 of FIG. 1) taken along line 5 in a horizontal direction.

[0039] Referring to FIGS. 2a and 2b, a display 210 (e.g., the display 110 of FIG. 1) may include a flat region (or a main display region) 211 and a curved region (or a sub-display region) 213-1 or 213-2. According to an embodiment, the display 210 may include at least one (e.g., two) curved region.

[0040] According to an embodiment, a pressure sensor (231-1, 231-2) (e.g., the pressure sensor 131 of FIG. 1) may be disposed under at least a portion of the curved region (213-1, 213-2). For example, referring to FIGS. 2a and 2b, a plurality of pressure sensors 231-1 and 231-2 may be disposed under the curved region (213-1, 213-2) and may be spaced apart from each other by a specific distance. According to various embodiments, the pressure sensor (231-1, 231-2) may be disposed at the flat region 211 of the display 210 as well as in the curved region (213-1, 213-2) of the display 210. According to various embodiments, the pressure sensor (231-1, 231-2) may be disposed on an upper portion (e.g., an upper portion of the display 210) or a lower portion (e.g., a lower portion of the display 210) of a front surface of the electronic device 200. According to an embodiment, the pressure sensors 231-1 and 231-2 may sense the pressures applied to the electronic device 200 at the specific locations.

[0041] According to an embodiment, the pressure sensor (231-1, 231-2) may include a left pressure sensor 231-1 and a right pressure sensor 231-2. Referring to FIGS. 2a and 2b, the left pressure sensor 231-1 may be disposed at the left side (or a left curved region of the display 210) of the electronic device 200 and sense a pressure applied from the left of the electronic device 200. The right pressure sensor 231-2 may be disposed at the right side (or a right curved region of the display 210) of the electronic device 200 and sense a pressure applied from the right of the electronic device 200. According to an embodiment, the pressure sensor (231-1, 231-2) may include the plurality of left pressure sensors 231-1 and the plurality of right pressure sensors 231-2.

[0042] FIGS. 3a and 3b are graphs illustrating a pressure value provided to a control module according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0043] In graphs illustrated in FIGS. 3a and 3b, X-axis indicates the pressure sensed by a pressure sensor (e.g., the pressure sensor 131), and Y-axis indicates a pressure value sent from a sensor hub (e.g., the sensor hub 133) to a control module (e.g., the control module 150).

[0044] Referring to FIG. 3a, the sensor hub provides the control module with a pressure value (i.e., an interval value) that represents an interval to which a pressure belongs. For example, if the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to a first interval, the sensor hub provides the control module with a pressure value (e.g., a first interval value) that represents the first interval. If the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to a second interval, the
sensor hub provides the control module with a pressure value (e.g., a second interval value) that represents the second interval. If the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to a third interval, the sensor hub provides the control module with a pressure value (e.g., a third interval value) that represents the third interval.

[0045] If an interval to which a pressure belongs is changed if the sensor hub sends an interval value to the control module, the sensor hub may send an interval value of the changed interval to the control module. For example, if a pressure, which belongs to an interval different from an interval to which the pressure received shortly before belongs, is received from the pressure sensor, the sensor hub sends an interval value of the changed interval to the control module. If a pressure, which belongs to an interval that is the same as an interval to which the pressure received shortly before belongs, is received from the pressure sensor, the sensor hub does not send an interval value to the control module.

[0046] Power may be consumed unnecessarily in the case where all pressure values respectively corresponding to the pressures sensed by a pressure sensor are sent to the control module, but according to the above-described embodiment, the power consumption may be reduced by sending an interval value of an interval to which the sensed pressure belongs to the control module in the case where an interval is changed.

[0047] Referring to FIG. 3b, if the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to a specific interval (e.g., the second interval), the sensor hub may send a pressure value corresponding to the received pressure to the control module. If the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to another interval, the sensor hub may send a pressure value that represents an interval to which the received pressure belongs. For example, if the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to the second interval, the sensor hub may provide the control module with the pressure value corresponding to the received pressure, and if the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to the first or third interval, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a pressure value (i.e., the first or third interval value) that represents an interval to which the pressure belongs.

[0048] According to an embodiment, in the case where the sensor module includes a plurality of pressure sensors, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a representative value that represents pressure values respectively corresponding to the pressures received from the pressure sensors if the pressures received from the pressure sensors belong to the second interval. For example, the sensor hub may provide the control module with an average value, a maximum value, or a minimum value of pressure values respectively corresponding to the pressures received from a plurality of pressure sensors. As another example, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a representative value (e.g., an average value) of pressure values respectively corresponding to pressures, which belong to the second interval, from among the pressures received from a plurality of pressure sensors.

[0049] According to an embodiment, if the pressure received from the pressure sensor belongs to the second interval, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a pressure value corresponding to the received pressure regardless of an interval change. That is, if the received pressure belongs to the first or third interval, the sensor hub may compare the received pressure with the pressure received shortly before. If the comparison result indicates that an interval is changed, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a pressure value of the changed interval. If the received pressure belongs to the second interval, the sensor hub may provide the control module with a pressure value corresponding to the pressure received from the pressure sensor regardless of an interval change.

[0050] Power may be consumed unnecessarily in the case where all pressure values respectively corresponding to the pressures sensed by the pressure sensor are sent to the control module, but according to the above-described embodiment, the power consumption may be reduced by sending a pressure value corresponding to a pressure, which belongs to a specific interval, to the control module in real time and by sending, when an interval is changed, a pressure value corresponding to the changed interval to the control module, with regard to a pressure that leaves a designated interval.

[0051] FIGS. 4a to 4c are diagrams illustrating an operation for applying a blur effect to a display screen according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0052] Referring to FIG. 4a, a user may apply a pressure to an electronic device 400 (e.g., the electronic device 100 of FIG. 1) while gripping the electronic device 400. If a pressure P applied to the electronic device 400 is less than a first pressure P1, a control module (e.g., the control module 150 of FIG. 1) may receive a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that is less than the first pressure P1. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value corresponding to a pressure (e.g., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the first interval) less than the first pressure P1 is received, the control module may not perform any operation.

[0053] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value corresponding to a pressure of a specific interval (e.g., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval) is received from a sensor module (e.g., the sensor module 130 of FIG. 1), the control module may apply a blur effect to a display screen. For example, referring to FIG. 4b, if the pressure P applied to the electronic device 400 is greater than or equal to the first pressure P1 and is less than the second pressure P2, the pressure value corresponding to the pressure P may be sent to the control module. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value corresponding to the first pressure P1 and is less than the second pressure value corresponding to the second pressure P2 is received, the control module may generate the blur effect on the display screen. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value corresponding to the first pressure P1 and is less than the second pressure value corresponding to the second pressure P2 is received, the control module 150 may generate a blur effect of a magnitude, which corresponds to the received pressure value, on the display screen. That is, as the pressure applied to the electronic device 400 becomes greater, a magnitude of the blur effect may become greater.

[0054] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that is greater than or equal to the second pressure P2 (e.g., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the third interval) is received, the control module may turn off power to a display 410. For example, referring to FIG. 4c, if the pressure P applied to the electronic device 400 is greater than or equal to the second pressure P2, power of the display 410 may be turned off.

[0055] According to an embodiment described with reference to FIGS. 4a to 4c, a user may conveniently turn off power to the display 410 without a separate input of touching a power button while gripping the electronic device 400. A user experience may be maximized by providing a visual effect that is changed according to a pressure value that corresponds to a specific pressure interval (e.g., from the first pressure P1 to the second pressure P2).

[0056] FIGS. 5a to 5c are diagrams illustrating an operation for displaying a volume adjustment object on a display according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0057] Referring to FIG. 5a, a user may apply a pressure to an electronic device 500 while gripping the electronic device 500 (e.g., the electronic device 100 of FIG. 1). If the pressure P applied to the electronic device 500 is less than the first pressure P1, a control module (e.g., the control module 150 of FIG. 1) may receive a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that is less than the first pressure P1. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value (e.g., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the first interval) corresponding to a pressure less than the first pressure P1 is received, the control module may not perform any operation.

[0058] According to an embodiment, if a pressure value of a specific interval (e.g., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval) is received from a sensor module (e.g., the sensor module 130 of FIG. 1), the control module may display a volume adjustment object 10 on a display screen. For example, referring to FIGS. 5b and 5c, if the pressure P applied to the electronic device 500 is greater than or equal to the first pressure P1 and is less than the second pressure P2, a pressure value corresponding to the pressure P may be sent to the control module. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value is received, the control module may display the volume adjustment object 10 on the display screen. According to an embodiment, if a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value is received, the control module may display the volume adjustment object 10 that indicates a volume adjustment interval corresponding to the received pressure value. For example, as a magnitude of a pressure applied to the electronic device 500 becomes greater, a range of the volume adjustment interval (or a volume adjustment range) may become greater. As another example, as a magnitude of a pressure applied to the electronic device 500 becomes greater, a range of the volume adjustment interval may become smaller.

[0059] According to an embodiment described with reference to FIGS. 5a to 5c, the volume adjustment object 10 may be displayed on a display 510 without a user's separate manipulation while gripping the electronic device 500. Furthermore, a user may change the volume adjustment interval of the volume adjustment object 10 while gripping the electronic device 500. In the case where the user wants to greatly adjust a volume with one user manipulation, the user may apply a high pressure to the electronic device 500 such that the volume adjustment interval (or the volume adjustment range) that indicates a wide range of volume is displayed on the display 510. Alternatively, to adjust a volume minutely, the user may apply a low pressure to the electronic device 500 such that the volume adjustment interval that indicates a narrow range of volume is displayed on the display 510. Accordingly, even though the electronic device 500 does not include a volume adjustment button, the user may adjust a volume through the volume adjustment object 10, and thus, the user may conveniently adjust the volume depending on the situation.

[0060] According to an embodiment, the control module (e.g., the control module 150 of FIG. 1) may differently set the amount of volume level to be adjusted (hereinafter refer to as "volume adjustment") based on a speed of a flick manipulation. For example, as the speed of the user flick manipulation becomes faster, the volume adjustment may become greater. According to an embodiment, the control module may differently set the volume adjustment corresponding to a user's flick manipulation, based on the received pressure value. For example, even though a flick manipulation of the same speed is inputted, the control module may set the volume adjustment such that the volume adjustment becomes higher as the received pressure value becomes greater.

[0061] FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a method for controlling an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0062] A flowchart illustrated in FIG. 6 may include operations that the electronic device 100 illustrated in FIG. 1 processes. Therefore, even though omitted below, contents of the electronic device 100 described with reference to FIGS. 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a to 4c, and 5a to 5c may be applied to the flowchart shown in FIG. 6.

[0063] Referring to FIG. 6, in operation 610, the electronic device 100 senses a pressure applied thereto. The electronic device 100 senses a pressure applied thereto by using a sensor module that includes at least one (e.g., a plurality) pressure sensor.

[0064] According to an embodiment, in operation 620, the sensor module sends a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure to a control module. It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure may be directly sent from the pressure sensor to the control module through a sensor hub. According to an embodiment, where a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure is sent to the control module through the sensor hub, the sensor module determines an interval (or a range) to which the sensed pressure belongs. For example, if the received pressure value is less than the first pressure value, the control module may determine that the sensed pressure belongs to the first interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the control module may determine that the sensed pressure belongs to the second interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the second pressure value, the control module may determine that the sensed pressure belongs to the third interval. According to an embodiment, in the case where the sensor module includes a plurality of pressure sensors, the control module may determine an interval (or a range), to which a plurality of pressure values corresponding to the pressures received from the pressure sensors belong, by using a representative value of the pressure values corresponding to the pressures received from the plurality of pressure sensors.

[0065] According to an embodiment, the sensor module provides the control module with a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure based on an interval to which the sensed pressure belongs. According to an embodiment, the sensor module provides the control module with a pressure value (i.e., an interval value) that represents an interval to which the pressures belong. According to an embodiment, if an interval to which the pressure belongs is changed when the sensor module sends an interval value to the control module, the sensor module may send an interval value of the changed interval to the control module.

[0066] According to an embodiment, if the sensed pressure belongs to a specific interval (e.g., the second interval), the sensor module sends a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure to the control module. If the sensed pressure belongs to another interval, the sensor module sends a pressure value that represents an interval to which the sensed pressure belongs.

[0067] It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that a pressure value may be directly sent from the pressure sensor to the control module. For example, in the case where the electronic device 100 does not include the sensor hub 133, a pressure value corresponding to the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor may be directly sent to the control module.

[0068] It is also disclosed for illustration purposes that in operation 630, the electronic device 100 may perform an operation corresponding to the pressure value sent to the control module under control of the control module. According to an embodiment, the control module may determine an interval (or a range) to which the pressure value received from the sensor module belongs. For example, if the received pressure value is less than the first pressure value, the control module may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the first interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the control module may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the second interval. If the received pressure value is greater than or equal to the second pressure value, the control module may determine that the received pressure value belongs to the third interval. According to an embodiment, in the case where a plurality of pressure values are received from a plurality of the pressure sensors, the control module 150 may determine an interval (or range) to which the received pressure values belong based on a representative value that represents the received pressure values.

[0069] According to an embodiment, if the control module receives a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval, the electronic device 100 may generate a haptic effect. For example, if the control module receives a pressure value (i.e., a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belong to the second interval) that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the electronic device 100 may generate the haptic effect. According to an embodiment, if the control module receives a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval, the electronic device 100 may generate a haptic effect corresponding to the received pressure value. For example, as the pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure becomes greater, a magnitude of the haptic effect may become greater. As another example, as the pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure becomes greater, the duration of the haptic effect may be longer or shorter.

[0070] According to an embodiment, if the control module receives a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval, the electronic device 100 may apply a blur effect to a display screen. For example, if the control module receives a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the electronic device 100 may apply the blur effect to the display screen. According to an embodiment, the electronic device 100 may apply a blur effect of a magnitude that corresponds to the pressure value provided to the control module. For example, as the pressure value provided to the control module becomes greater, the blur may be emphasized and displayed. According to an embodiment, if the control module receives a pressure value (e.g., a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the second pressure value) corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the third interval, the electronic device 100 may turn off power to the display.

[0071] According to an embodiment, if the control module receives a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval, the electronic device 100 may display a volume adjustment object on the display. For example, if the control module receives a pressure value that is greater than or equal to the first pressure value and is less than the second pressure value, the electronic device 100 may display the volume adjustment object on the display. According to an embodiment, the electronic device 100 may differently display a volume adjustment interval of the volume adjustment object so as to correspond to a pressure value provided to the control module. For example, as a magnitude of a pressure applied to the electronic device 100 becomes greater, a range of the volume adjustment interval (a volume adjustment range) may become greater. As another example, as a magnitude of a pressure applied to the electronic device 100 becomes smaller, a range of the volume adjustment interval (a volume adjustment range) may become smaller.

[0072] According to an embodiment, the electronic device 100 may differently set a volume adjustment, which is adjusted according to a user flick manipulation, based on the pressure value received by the control module. For example, if the control module receives a pressure value corresponding to a pressure that belongs to the second interval, even though the same speed of the flick manipulation is inputted, the electronic device 100 may set the volume adjustment such that the volume adjustment becomes higher as the received pressure value becomes greater.

[0073] FIG. 7 is a block diagram of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0074] An electronic device 701 may include, for example, all or a part of the electronic device 100 illustrated in FIG. 1. The electronic device 701 may include one or more processors (e.g., an AP) 710, a communication module 720, a subscriber identification module 724, a memory 730, a sensor module 740, an input device 750, a display 760, an interface 770, an audio module 780, a camera module 791, a power management module 795, a battery 796, an indicator 797, and a motor 798.

[0075] The processor 710 may drive an operating system (OS) or an application program to control a plurality of hardware or software elements connected to the processor 710 and may process and compute a variety of data. The processor 710 may be implemented with an SoC, for example. According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, the processor 710 may further include a GPU and/or an image signal processor. The processor 710 may include at least a part (e.g., a cellular module 721) of elements illustrated in FIG. 7. The processor 710 may load and process an instruction or data, which is received from at least one of other components (e.g., a nonvolatile memory), and may store a variety of data at a nonvolatile memory.

[0076] The communication module 720 may include a cellular module 721, a Wi-Fi module 723, a Bluetooth (BT) module 725, a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module 727 (e.g., a global positioning device (GPS) module, a global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) module, BeiDou module, or a Galileo module), a near field communication (NFC) module 728, and a radio frequency (RF) module 729.

[0077] The cellular module 721 may provide voice communication, video communication, a message service, an internet service, or the like through a communication network. According to an embodiment, the cellular module 721 may perform discrimination and authentication of the electronic device 701 within a communication network using the subscriber identification module (SIM) 724 (e.g., a SIM card), for example. According to an embodiment, the cellular module 721 may perform at least a portion of functions that the processor 710 provides. According to an embodiment, the cellular module 721 may include a communication processor (CP).

[0078] According to an embodiment, at least a part (e.g., two or more components) of the cellular module 721, the Wi-Fi module 723, the BT module 725, the GNSS module 727, and the NFC module 728 may be included within one integrated circuit (IC) or an IC package.

[0079] For example, the RF module 729 may transmit and receive a communication signal (e.g., an RF signal). The RF module 729 may include a transceiver, a power amplifier module (PAM), a frequency filter, a low noise amplifier (LNA), an antenna, or the like. According to various embodiments, at least one of the cellular module 721, the Wi-Fi module 723, the BT module 725, the GNSS module 727, or the NFC module 728 may transmit and receive an RF signal through a separate RF module.

[0080] The subscriber identification module 724 may include, for example, a card and/or embedded SIM that includes a SIM and may include unique identify information (e.g., IC card identifier (ICCID)) or subscriber information (e.g., international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI)).

[0081] The memory 730 may include an internal memory 732 or an external memory 734. For example, the internal memory 732 may include at least one of a volatile memory (e.g., a dynamic random access memory (DRAM), a static RAM (SRAM), or a synchronous DRAM (SDRAM)), a nonvolatile memory (e.g., a one-time programmable read only memory (OTPROM), a programmable ROM (PROM), an erasable and programmable ROM (EPROM), an electrically erasable and programmable ROM (EEPROM), a mask ROM, a flash ROM, a NAND flash memory, or a NOR flash memory), a hard drive, or a solid state drive (SSD).

[0082] The external memory 734 may include a flash drive, for example, compact flash (CF), secure digital (SD), micro-SD, mini-SD, extreme digital (xD), multimedia card (MMC), a memory stick, or the like. The external memory 734 may be functionally and/or physically connected with the electronic device 701 through various interfaces.

[0083] The sensor module 740 may measure, for example, a physical quantity or may detect an operation state of the electronic device 701. The sensor module 740 may convert the measured or detected information to an electric signal. The sensor module 740 may include at least one of a gesture sensor 740A, a gyro sensor 740B, a barometric pressure sensor 740C, a magnetic sensor 740D, an acceleration sensor 740E, a grip sensor 740F, a proximity sensor 740G, a color sensor 740H (e.g., red, green, blue (RGB) sensor), a biometric sensor 740I, a temperature/humidity sensor 740J, an illuminance sensor 740K, or an ultraviolet (UV) sensor 740M. Even though not illustrated, additionally or alternatively, the sensor module 740 may include, for example, an E-nose sensor, an electromyography sensor (EMG) sensor, an electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor, an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, an infrared (IR) sensor, an iris sensor, and/or a fingerprint sensor. The sensor module 740 may further include a control circuit for controlling at least one or more sensors included therein. According to an embodiment, the electronic device 701 may further include a processor which is a part of the processor 710 or independent of the processor 710 and is configured to control the sensor module 740. The processor may control the sensor module 740 while the processor 710 remains at a sleep state.

[0084] The input device 750 may include, for example, a touch panel 752, a (digital) pen sensor 754, a key 756, or an ultrasonic input unit 758. The touch panel 752 may use at least one of capacitive, resistive, infrared and ultrasonic detecting methods. Also, the touch panel 752 may further include a control circuit. The touch panel 752 may further include a tactile layer to provide a tactile reaction to a user.

[0085] The (digital) pen sensor 754 may be, for example, a portion of a touch panel or may include an additional sheet for recognition. The key 756 may include, for example, a physical button, an optical key, a keypad, or the like. The ultrasonic input device 758 may detect (or sense) an ultrasonic signal, which is generated from an input device, through a microphone (e.g., a microphone 788) and may check data corresponding to the detected ultrasonic signal.

[0086] The display 760 (e.g., the display 110) may include a panel 762, a hologram device 764, or a projector 766. The panel 762 may be implemented to be flexible, transparent or wearable, for example. The panel 762 and the touch panel 752 may be integrated into a single module. The hologram device 764 may display a stereoscopic image in a space using a light interference phenomenon. The projector 766 may project light onto a screen so as to display an image. The screen may be arranged inside or outside the electronic device 701. According to an embodiment, the display 760 may further include a control circuit that controls the panel 762, the hologram device 764, or the projector 766.

[0087] The interface 770 may include, for example, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) 772, a universal serial bus (USB) 774, an optical interface 776, or a D-subminiature (D-sub) 778. Additionally or alternatively, the interface 770 may include, for example, a mobile high definition link (MHL) interface, an SD card/MMC interface, or an infrared data association (IrDA) standard interface.

[0088] The audio module 780 may convert a sound and an electrical signal in dual directions. The audio module 780 may process, for example, sound information that is input or output through a speaker 782, a receiver 784, an earphone 786, or a microphone 788.

[0089] The camera module 791 shooting a still image or a video may include, for example, at least one image sensor (e.g., a front sensor or a rear sensor), a lens, an image signal processor (ISP), or a flash (e.g., an LED or a xenon lamp).

[0090] The power management module 795 may manage, for example, power of the electronic device 701. According to an embodiment, a power management IC (PMIC) a charger IC, or a battery or fuel gauge may be included in the power management module 795. The PMIC may have a wired charging method and/or a wireless charging method. The wireless charging method may include, for example, a magnetic resonance method, a magnetic induction method or an electromagnetic method and may further include an additional circuit, for example, a coil loop, a resonant circuit, a rectifier, or the like. The battery gauge may measure, for example, a remaining capacity of the battery 796 and a voltage, current or temperature thereof while the battery is charged. The battery 796 may include, for example, a rechargeable battery or a solar battery.

[0091] The indicator 797 may display a specific state of the electronic device 701 or a part thereof (e.g., the processor 710), such as a booting state, a message state, a charging state, or the like. The motor 798 may convert an electrical signal into a mechanical vibration and may generate a vibration effect, a haptic effect, or the like. Even though not illustrated, a processing device (e.g., a GPU) supporting a mobile TV may be included in the electronic device 701. The processing device supporting a mobile TV may process media data according to the standard of digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), digital video broadcasting (DVB), MediaFloTM, or the like.

[0092] Each of the above-mentioned elements may be configured with one or more components, and the names of the elements may be changed according to the type of the electronic device. According to various embodiments, the electronic device may exclude some elements or may further include other additional elements. Furthermore, some of the elements of the electronic device according to various embodiments of the present disclosure may be combined with each other so as to form one entity, so that the functions of the elements may be performed in the same manner as before the combination.

[0093] The term "module" used herein may represent, for example, a unit including one or more combinations of hardware, software and firmware. The term "module" may be interchangeably used with the terms "unit", "logic", "logical block", "component" and "circuit". The "module" may be a minimum unit of an integrated component or may be a part thereof. The "module" may be a minimum unit for performing one or more functions or a part thereof. The "module" may be implemented mechanically or electronically. For example, the "module" may include at least one of an application-specific IC (ASIC) chip, a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), and a programmable-logic device for performing some operations, which are known or will be developed.

[0094] At least a part of an apparatus (e.g., modules or functions thereof) or a method (e.g., operations) according to various embodiments may be, for example, implemented by instructions stored in a computer-readable storage media in the form of a program module. If the instructions are executed by a processor (e.g., the control module 150), the one or more processors may perform functions corresponding to the instructions.

[0095] The computer-readable storage media may include a hard disk, a floppy disk, a magnetic media (e.g., a magnetic tape), an optical media (e.g., a compact disc ROM (CD-ROM) and a digital versatile disc (DVD)), a magneto-optical media (e.g., a floptical disk), and hardware devices (e.g., a ROM, a RAM, or a flash memory). Also, a program instruction may include not only a mechanical code such as things generated by a compiler but also a high-level language code executable on a computer using an interpreter. The above-mentioned hardware device may be configured to operate as one or more software modules to perform operations according to various embodiments, and vice versa.


Claims

1. An electronic device (100) comprising:
a sensor module comprising a pressure sensor (130) and a sensor hub (113) configured to:

sense (610) using the pressure sensor a pressure applied to the electronic device, and

send (620) a pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure to a processor (710); and

the processor configured to perform (630) an operation corresponding to the pressure value received from the sensor module,

when the sensor hub (113) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to a first interval, the sensor module sends a first pressure value, which represents the first interval, to the processor,

after sending the first pressure value, when the sensed pressure is sensed again as corresponding to the first interval, omit resending the first pressure value to the processor,

when the sensor hub (113) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to a second interval higher than the first interval, the sensor module sends a second pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure to the processor,

when the sensor hub (113) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to a third interval higher than the second interval, the sensor module sends a third pressure value, which represents the third interval, to the processor, and

after sending the third pressure value, when the sensed pressure is sensed again as corresponding to the third interval, omit resending the third pressure value to the processor.


 
2. The electronic device of claim 1, further comprising:

a motor (798) configured to generate vibration,

wherein if a second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to generate a haptic effect by using the motor.


 
3. The electronic device of claim 2, wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to generate the haptic effect of a magnitude corresponding to the second pressure value.
 
4. The electronic device of claim 1, further comprising:

a display (760),

wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to apply a blur effect to a screen of the display.


 
5. The electronic device of claim 4, wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to apply the blur effect, of a magnitude corresponding to the second pressure value, to the screen of the display.
 
6. The electronic device of claim 1, further comprising:

a display (760),

wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to display a volume adjustment object on a screen of the display.


 
7. The electronic device of claim 6, wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to display the volume adjustment object, which has a volume adjustment range corresponding to the second pressure value, on the screen of the display.
 
8. The electronic device of claim 6, further comprising:

an input module (750) configured to receive a user manipulation,

wherein if the second pressure value is received from the sensor module, the processor is configured to differently set a volume adjustment, which is adjusted according to a speed of a user flick manipulation, based on the second pressure value.


 
9. The electronic device of claim 1, wherein if a new pressure value, which belongs to a same interval as a prior pressure value, is received from a sensor and the same interval is the first interval or the third interval, the sensor module skips the sending of the first pressure value or the third pressure value to the processor.
 
10. A control method of an electronic device (100), the control method comprising:

sensing (610), using a pressure sensor (131) of a sensor module (130), a pressure applied to the electronic device;

sending (620) a first pressure value, which represents a first interval, to a processor (710) when a sensor hub (113) of the sensor module (130) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to the first interval,

sending (620) a second pressure value corresponding to the sensed pressure to the processor when the sensor hub (113) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to a second interval higher than the first interval,

sending (620) a third pressure value, which represents a third interval, to the processor when the sensor hub (113) determines that the sensed pressure belongs to the third interval higher than the second interval;

omit resending the first pressure value to the processor, when the sensed pressure is sensed again as corresponding to the first interval, after the sending of the first pressure value; and

omit resending the third pressure value to the processor, when the sensed pressure is sensed again as corresponding to the third interval, after the sending of the third pressure value; and

performing (630), at the processor, an operation corresponding to the received pressure value.


 
11. The control method of claim 10, wherein the performing of the operation comprises:
generating a haptic effect by using a motor if the second pressure value is received.
 
12. The control method of claim 11, wherein the generating of the haptic effect comprises:
generating the haptic effect of a magnitude corresponding to the second pressure value.
 
13. The control method of claim 11, wherein the generating of the haptic effect comprises:
generating the haptic effect during a time corresponding to the second pressure value.
 


Ansprüche

1. Elektronische Vorrichtung (100), umfassend:
ein Sensormodul, das einen Drucksensor (130) und einen Sensor-Hub (113) umfasst, das zu Folgendem konfiguriert ist:

Erfassen (610), unter Verwendung des Drucksensors, eines Drucks, der auf die elektronische Vorrichtung ausgeübt wird, und

Senden (620) eines Druckwertes, der dem erfassten Druck entspricht, an einen Prozessor (710); und

der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um einen Vorgang durchzuführen (630), der dem Druckwert entspricht, der von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird,

wobei, wenn der Sensor-Hub (113) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu einem ersten Intervall gehört, das Sensormodul einen ersten Druckwert, der das erste Intervall darstellt, an den Prozessor sendet,

nach dem Senden des ersten Druckwertes, wenn der erfasste Druck erneut als dem ersten Intervall entsprechend erfasst wird, Unterlassen des erneuten Sendens des ersten Druckwertes an den Prozessor,

wobei, wenn der Sensor-Hub (113) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu einem zweiten Intervall gehört, das höher als das erste Intervall ist, das Sensormodul einen zweiten Druckwert, der dem erfassten Druck entspricht, an den Prozessor sendet,

wobei, wenn der Sensor-Hub (113) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu einem dritten Intervall gehört, das höher als das zweite Intervall ist, das Sensormodul einen dritten Druckwert, der das dritte Intervall darstellt, an den Prozessor sendet, und

nach dem Senden des dritten Druckwertes, wenn der erfasste Druck erneut als dem dritten Intervall entsprechend erfasst wird, Unterlassen des erneuten Sendens des dritten Druckwertes an den Prozessor.


 
2. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

einen Motor (798), der konfiguriert ist, um Vibration zu erzeugen,

wobei, wenn ein zweiter Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um einen haptischen Effekt zu erzeugen, indem der Motor verwendet wird.


 
3. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um den haptischen Effekt in einer Größe zu erzeugen, die dem zweiten Druckwert entspricht.
 
4. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

eine Anzeige (760);

wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um einen Unschärfeeffekt auf einen Bildschirm der Anzeige anzuwenden.


 
5. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 4, wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um den Unschärfeeffekt in einer Größe, die dem zweiten Druckwert entspricht, auf den Bildschirm der Anzeige anzuwenden.
 
6. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

eine Anzeige (760);

wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um ein Volumenanpassungsobjekt auf einem Bildschirm der Anzeige anzuzeigen.


 
7. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 6, wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um das Volumenanpassungsobjekt, das einen Volumenanpassungsbereich aufweist, der dem zweiten Druckwert entspricht, auf dem Bildschirm der Anzeige anzuzeigen.
 
8. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 6, ferner umfassend:

ein Eingabemodul (750), das konfiguriert ist, um eine Benutzermanipulation zu empfangen,

wobei, wenn der zweite Druckwert von dem Sensormodul empfangen wird, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um eine Volumenanpassung, die gemäß einer Geschwindigkeit einer Benutzerhandgriffsmanipulation angepasst wird, basierend auf dem zweiten Druckwert unterschiedlich einzustellen.


 
9. Elektronische Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei, wenn ein neuer Druckwert, der zu einem gleichen Intervall wie ein vorheriger Druckwert gehört, von einem Sensor empfangen wird und das gleiche Intervall das erste Intervall oder das dritte Intervall ist, das Sensormodul das Senden des ersten Druckwertes oder des dritten Druckwertes an den Prozessor überspringt.
 
10. Steuerungsverfahren einer elektronischen Vorrichtung (100), wobei das Steuerungsverfahren Folgendes umfasst:

Erfassen (610), unter Verwendung eines Drucksensors (131) eines Sensormoduls (130), eines Drucks, der auf die elektronische Vorrichtung ausgeübt wird;

Senden (620) eines ersten Druckwertes, der ein erstes Intervall darstellt, an einen Prozessor (710), wenn ein Sensor-Hub (113) des Sensormoduls (130) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu dem ersten Intervall gehört,

Senden (620) eines zweiten Druckwertes, der dem erfassten Druck entspricht, an den Prozessor, wenn der Sensor-Hub (113) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu einem zweiten Intervall gehört, das höher als das erste Intervall ist,

Senden (620) eines dritten Druckwertes, der ein drittes Intervall darstellt, an den Prozessor, wenn der Sensor-Hub (113) bestimmt, dass der erfasste Druck zu dem dritten Intervall gehört, das höher als das zweite Intervall ist;

Unterlassen des erneuten Sendens des ersten Druckwertes an den Prozessor, wenn der erfasste Druck erneut als dem ersten Intervall entsprechend erfasst wird, nach dem Senden des ersten Druckwertes; und

Unterlassen des erneuten Sendens des dritten Druckwertes an den Prozessor, wenn der erfasste Druck erneut als dem dritten Intervall entsprechend erfasst wird, nach dem Senden des dritten Druckwertes; und

Durchführen (630), an dem Prozessor, eines Vorgangs, der dem empfangenen Druckwert entspricht.


 
11. Steuerungsverfahren nach Anspruch 10, wobei das Durchführen des Vorgangs Folgendes umfasst:
Erzeugen eines haptischen Effekts, indem ein Motor verwendet wird, wenn der zweite Druckwert empfangen wird.
 
12. Steuerungsverfahren nach Anspruch 11, wobei das Erzeugen des haptischen Effekts Folgendes umfasst:
Erzeugen des haptischen Effekts in einer Größe, die dem zweiten Druckwert entspricht.
 
13. Steuerungsverfahren nach Anspruch 11, wobei das Erzeugen des haptischen Effekts Folgendes umfasst:
Erzeugen des haptischen Effekts während einer Zeit, die dem zweiten Druckwert entspricht.
 


Revendications

1. Dispositif électronique (100) comprenant :
un module de capteur comprenant un capteur de pression (130) et un concentrateur de capteur (113) configuré pour :

détecter (610) à l'aide du capteur de pression une pression appliquée au dispositif électronique, et

envoyer (620) une valeur de pression correspondant à la pression détectée à un processeur (710) : et

le processeur configuré pour exécuter (630) une opération correspondant à la valeur de pression reçue du module de capteur,

lorsque le concentrateur de capteur (113) détermine que la pression détectée appartient à un premier intervalle, le module de capteur envoie une première valeur de pression, qui représente le premier intervalle, au processeur,

après l'envoi de la première valeur de pression, lorsque la pression détectée est de nouveau détectée comme correspondant au premier intervalle, omettre de renvoyer la première valeur de pression au processeur,

lorsque le concentrateur de capteur (113) détermine que la pression détectée appartient à un deuxième intervalle plus grand que le premier intervalle, le module de capteur envoie une deuxième valeur de pression correspondant à la pression détectée au processeur,

lorsque le concentrateur de capteur (113) détermine que la pression détectée appartient à un troisième intervalle plus grand que le deuxième intervalle, le module de capteur envoie une troisième valeur de pression, qui représente le troisième intervalle, au processeur, et

après l'envoi de la troisième valeur de pression, lorsque la pression détectée est de nouveau détectée comme correspondant au troisième intervalle, omettre de renvoyer la troisième valeur de pression au processeur.


 
2. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

un moteur (798) configuré pour générer des vibrations,

dans lequel si une deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module de capteur, le processeur est configuré pour générer un effet haptique à l'aide du moteur.


 
3. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 2, dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module de capteur, le processeur est configuré pour générer l'effet haptique d'une amplitude correspondant à la deuxième valeur de pression.
 
4. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

un affichage (760),

dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module de capteur, le processeur est configuré pour appliquer un effet de flou à un écran de l'affichage.


 
5. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 4, dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module capteur, le processeur est configuré pour appliquer l'effet de flou, d'une amplitude correspondant à la deuxième valeur de pression, à l'écran de l'affichage.
 
6. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

un affichage (760),

dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module de capteur, le processeur est configuré pour afficher un objet de réglage de volume sur un écran de l'affichage.


 
7. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 6, dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module capteur, le processeur est configuré pour afficher l'objet de réglage de volume, qui comporte une plage de réglage de volume correspondant à la deuxième valeur de pression, sur l'écran de l'affichage.
 
8. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 6, comprenant en outre :

un module d'entrée (750) configuré pour recevoir une manipulation de l'utilisateur,

dans lequel si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue du module de capteur, le processeur est configuré pour définir différemment un ajustement de volume, qui est ajusté en fonction d'une vitesse de manipulation d'effleurement par l'utilisateur, sur la base de la deuxième valeur de pression.


 
9. Dispositif électronique selon la revendication 1, dans lequel si une nouvelle valeur de pression, qui appartient à un même intervalle qu'une valeur de pression précédente, est reçue d'un capteur et que ce même intervalle est le premier intervalle ou le troisième intervalle, le module de capteur ignore l'envoi de la première valeur de pression ou de la troisième valeur de pression au processeur.
 
10. Procédé de commande d'un dispositif électronique (100), le procédé de commande comprenant :
la détection (610), à l'aide d'un capteur de pression (131) d'un module capteur (130), d'une pression appliquée au dispositif électronique :

l'envoi (620) d'une première valeur de pression, qui représente un premier intervalle, à un processeur (710) lorsqu'un concentrateur de capteur (113) du module de capteur (130) détermine que la pression détectée appartient au premier intervalle,

l'envoi (620) d'une deuxième valeur de pression correspondant à la pression détectée au processeur lorsque le concentrateur de capteur (113) détermine que la pression détectée appartient à un deuxième intervalle plus grand que le premier intervalle,

l'envoi (620) d'une troisième valeur de pression, qui représente un troisième intervalle, au processeur lorsque le concentrateur de capteur (113) détermine que la pression détectée appartient au troisième intervalle plus grand que le deuxième intervalle ;

l'omission de renvoi de la première valeur de pression au processeur, lorsque la pression détectée est de nouveau détectée comme correspondant au premier intervalle, après l'envoi de la première valeur de pression ; et

l'omission de renvoi de la troisième valeur de pression au processeur, lorsque la pression détectée est de nouveau détectée comme correspondant au troisième intervalle, après l'envoi de la troisième valeur de pression ; et

l'exécution (630), au niveau du processeur, d'une opération correspondant à la valeur de pression reçue.


 
11. Procédé de commande selon la revendication 10, dans lequel l'exécution de l'opération comprend :
la génération d'un effet haptique à l'aide d'un moteur si la deuxième valeur de pression est reçue.
 
12. Procédé de commande selon la revendication 11, dans lequel la génération de l'effet haptique comprend :
la génération de l'effet haptique d'une amplitude correspondant à la deuxième valeur de pression.
 
13. Procédé de commande selon la revendication 11, dans lequel la génération de l'effet haptique comprend :
la génération de l'effet haptique pendant un temps correspondant à la deuxième valeur de pression.
 




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