US Patent No. 11,032,922

CUMULATIVE SENSOR IN A FOLDABLE DEVICE


Patent No. 11,032,922
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Cumulative Sensor In A Foldable Device
Inventorship Vivek Kumar Tyagi, Chicago, IL (US)
Scott Patrick DeBates, Crystal Lake, IL (US)
Douglas Alfred Lautner, Round Lake, IL (US)
Assignee Motorola Mobility LLC, Chicago, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,032,922

1. A foldable device comprising:a first housing portion;
a second housing portion;
a hinge structure joined to the first housing portion and the second housing portion to permit the foldable device to be folded along an axis between an open mode and a closed mode;
a plurality of touch sensors disposed along the first housing portion and the second housing portion, the plurality of touch sensors including a first touch sensor disposed along the first housing portion and a second touch sensor disposed along the second housing portion;
a module implemented at least partially in hardware and configured to:
determine touch sensor physical proximity based on signals from sensors in the first housing portion and the second housing portion;
responsive to the signals indicating the touch sensor physical proximity is not less than a threshold, determine that the foldable device is in the open mode and automatically cause the foldable device to operate in a single sensor mode in which a first functionality mapped to the first touch sensor is performed in response to touch input received at the first touch sensor and second functionality mapped to the second touch sensor is performed in response to touch input received at the second touch sensor; and
responsive to the signals indicating the touch sensor physical proximity is less than the threshold, determine that the foldable device is in the closed mode and automatically cause the foldable device to operate in a cumulative sensor mode in which the first touch sensor and the second touch sensor are combined into a combined sensor and a third functionality mapped to the combined sensor is performed in response to touch input received at the combined sensor, the first functionality, the second functionality, and the third functionality being different functionalities.