07536650 is referenced by 24 patents and cites 98 patents.

The present invention relates to a system that facilitates multi-tasking in a computing environment. A focus area component defines a focus area within a display space—the focus area occupying a subset area of the display space area. A scaling component scales display objects as a function of proximity to the focus area, and a behavior modification component modifies respective behavior of the display objects as a function their location of the display space. Thus, and more particularly the subject invention provides for interaction technique(s) and user interface(s) in connection with managing display objects on a display surface. One aspect of the invention defines a central focus area where the display objects are displayed and behave as usual, and a periphery outside the focus area where the display objects are reduced in size based on their location, getting smaller as they near an edge of the display surface so that many more objects can remain visible. In addition or alternatively, the objects can fade as they move toward an edge, fading increasing as a function of distance from the focus area and/or use of the object and/or priority of the object. Objects in the periphery can also be modified to have different interaction behavior (e.g., lower refresh rate, fading, reconfigured to display sub-objects based on relevance and/or visibility, static, etc.) as they may be too small for standard rendering. The methods can provide a flexible, scalable surface when coupled with automated policies for moving objects into the periphery, in response to the introduction of new objects or the resizing of pre-existing objects by a user or autonomous process.

Title
System and method that facilitates computer desktop use via scaling of displayed objects with shifts to the periphery
Application Number
10/851459
Publication Number
7536650 (B1)
Application Date
May 21, 2004
Publication Date
May 19, 2009
Inventor
Brian R Meyers
Issaquah, 98027
WA, US
Gregory R Smith
Bellevue, 98005
WA, US
Patrick M Baudisch
Seattle, 98102
WA, US
Mary P Czerwinski
Woodinville, 98072
WA, US
Daniel C Robbins
Seattle, 98102
WA, US
Eric J Horvitz
Kirkland, 98033
WA, US
George G Robertson
Seattle, 98102
WA, US
Agent
Amin Turocy & Calvin
IPC
G06F 3/048
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