APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
What is a Patent for Methods, devices, and graphical user interfaces to wirelessly pair with peripheral devices and displaying status information about the peripheral devices
In recent times wireless peripheral devices which communicate with an electronic device (e.g. tablets, smartphone, or another computer) have experienced a significant increase in popularity. Bluetooth.RTM. is an wireless pairing technology that connects (“pair”) peripherals to these devices.
But conventional methods for performing pairing are cumbersome and inefficient particularly when multiple peripheral devices are used. For instance, a user may require pairing every peripheral separately with a given electronic device, beforeusing the peripherals with the device.
In this regard, there is a demand for electronic devices that use quicker, more efficient methods and interfaces for pairing peripheral devices, and for displaying information on the status of peripheral devices. The interfaces are able to complement or replace the traditional method of pairing peripherals. The methods and interfaces they use can decrease the number, extent or nature of inputs from a user and produce an improved human-machine interface. For battery-operateddevices, such methods and interfaces conserve power and increase the time between battery charges.
The above deficiencies and other issues related to user interfaces on electronic devices are eliminated or eliminated by disclosed devices. In certain embodiments, the device functions as an office computer. In some instances, the device can be portable (e.g. it is a tablet computer, notebook computer, or handheld device). In certain embodiments, the device functions as an electronic personal device (e.g. or a wearable electronic device like a watch). In some embodiments, the device is equipped with the capability of a touchpad. In someembodiments devices, there is a touch-sensitive display (also known as”a “touch screen” or “touch-screen display”). In some embodiments, the device comprises an graphic user interface (GUI) with at least one processor, memory, and several modules, which are programs or sets of instructions that are stored in the memory for performing multiple tasks. Certain embodiments permit users to interact with the GUI with a stylus gestures or finger contact on the touchscreen that are touch-sensitive. The functions could include drawing, image editing or word processing. These instructions may be executed by executable instructions stored on a non-transitory storage device that is computer-readable or in any other item designed for execution by one or more processors.
According to some methods, a method may be implemented using an electronic device that has a display and radio frequency circuitry. This allows wireless communication between any or all peripheral devices as well as an input device or two. The device shows the first user interface that is displayed on the screen. While displaying the initial user interface and detecting a pairing request to pair one of the peripherals with the electronic device. The device detects the request for pairing and determines whether the first peripheral meets the coupling criteria. This means that the first peripheral must be connected with the second peripheral. If the device determines that the first peripheral is in compliance with the coupling criteria, it shows a pairing option which when activated by the user, starts the pairing process between the electronic device and first peripheral. If the device detects that the first peripheral does not meet the coupling criteria, it displays information about the connection between the second and first peripherals.
According to certain embodiments, an electronic device includes displays with radio frequency (RF) circuitry that wirelessly communicates with one or more peripheral devices and one or more input devices to receive inputs from a user and a processing unit that is connected to the display unit, the radio frequency (RF) circuitry, and the one or more input devices. The processing unit permits display of a first user interface in the display unit. The unit analyzes the pairing request, and pair the first interface with the device. The processing unit analyzes the request for pairing and determines if the initial peripheral meets the coupling criteria. The criteria for coupling need that the first peripheral is connected with the second peripheral. If the unit decides that the first peripheral is in compliance with the criteria for coupling, it will display a pairing option. This permits the user to begin pairing of the electronic device and the primary peripheral by activating an auser input. If it is determined that the first peripheral fails to satisfy the criteria for coupling, the processing unit permits display of information concerning pairing of the first and second.
Thus, electronic devices with displays, radio frequency (RF) circuitry, and one or more input devices are provided with faster, more efficient methods and interfaces for pairing with peripheral devices and displaying status informationconcerning the peripheral devices, thereby increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction with such devices. Such methods and interfaces may complement or replace conventional methods for pairing peripheral devices.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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