By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Baek, Bumhyeon (Seoul, KR); Lee, Sangyun (Seoul, KR); Lee, Yongpyo (Seoul, KR), filed on July 7, 2015, was published online on May 15, 2018.
The patent's assignee for patent number 9973620 is LG Electronics Inc. (Seoul, KR).
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates to a terminal and an operating method thereof, and particularly, to a terminal configured to perform an operation according to a case state of a case coupled with the terminal.
"Depending on whether terminals are movable, the terminals are divided into mobile/portable terminals and stationary terminals. Again, the terminals may be divided into handheld terminals and vehicle mounted terminals depending on whether users can carry the terminals personally.
"As functions of a terminal are diversified, such a terminal may be implemented in a form of a multimedia player having multi-functions, for example, photo or video capturing, playback of music or video files, game plays, and broadcast reception. Then, as terminals are implemented in multimedia device forms, they may become equipped with larger displays than before. Then, since the display of a terminal includes a thin, high-resolution touch panel, it is an expensive component that occupies a greater percentage of a terminal price.
"Moreover, as the display of a terminal becomes larger, the terminal is damaged often due to drop or impact to the terminal.
"Accordingly, various forms of terminal cases are coupled with terminals and used in order to protect the displays of the terminals from being damaged. Especially, terminal cases in forms that cover the terminal fronts with the case fronts may be used in order to protect the displays of terminals.
"However, when a terminal case having the case front that covers the terminal front is used, a user needs to flip the case front of the terminal case in order to use the terminal.
"Accordingly, recently, in order to resolve inconvenience of using a terminal that is coupled with a terminal case use, a terminal supports an operation for turning on its display based on a position of a terminal case. Further, a user may check a partial screen of a terminal through a window equipped at the case front of a terminal case.
"However, such functions support only some operations of a terminal so that they cannot provide various operations performed by the terminal. In general, in order to perform an operation by a user who uses a terminal coupled with a terminal case, the user needs to flip the case front of the terminal case and go through several input steps.
"Accordingly, it is necessary to provide a terminal that can perform various operations based on a state of a terminal case that is coupled with the terminal without requiring additional user inputs."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Embodiments provide a terminal for recognizing a state of a terminal case coupled with the terminal and performing various operations corresponding to the recognized case state.
"In one embodiment, provided is an operating method performed at a terminal coupled with a terminal case. The method includes: determining an operating state of the terminal; recognizing a change of a state of the case with respect to the terminal; and performing an operation based on the determined operating state and the recognized change of the state of the case, wherein the state of the case includes a first case state in which a case front part of the case covers a front portion of the terminal or the case front part is in contact with the front portion of the terminal.
"In another embodiment, a terminal coupled with a terminal case includes: a display; a sensing unit configured to sense a position of the case with respect to the terminal; and a control unit configured to: determine an operating state of the terminal; recognize a change of a state of the case based on the sensed position of the case; and perform an operation based on the determined operating state and the recognized change of the state of the case, wherein the state of the case includes a first case state in which a case front part of the case covers a front portion of the terminal or the case front part is in contact with the front portion of the terminal.
"The details of one or more embodiments are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims."
For additional information on this patent, see: Baek, Bumhyeon; Lee, Sangyun; Lee, Yongpyo. Terminal and Operating Method. U.S. Patent Number 9973620, filed July 7, 2015, and published online on May 15, 2018. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9973620.PN.&OS=PN/9973620RS=PN/9973620
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Business, South Korea, LG Electronics Inc., Electronics Companies, Electronic Equipment Companies.
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