| Smartphones are truly
remarkable things, in continual succession new models
are released with bigger screens and more technology. We
now also interface with our phones in such an elegant
way, with the touchscreen. Unfortunately phones do
break, and quite often the most susceptible component to
damage is the touchscreen.
The Pagemark Smartphone concept is an alternate approach to a large screen smart phone that does not use a touch screen. Alternatively this concept has 2 optical sensors that register rotation and directional movement over a surface. In much the same fashion as you would use a reading glass over a news paper. It was designed for the need for a sturdier phone for use by trades people, students and pretty much anyone who breaks their phones all the time.
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- Two optoelectronic sensors are located on the back of the unit provide movement information from two points to also register rotational input.
- The main electronic components are housed in a central cover against silicon buffers to protect from impact.
- A silicon outer banding clips to the unit containing the input buttons microphone and speaker. this band is affixed to the main housing with clips and locked into place with a locking sleeve built into the headphone port and the recharge/data port.
- The device is shaped intentionally to impact with the corners of the unit, if dropped onto a flat surface.
- Screen has a transparent slightly convex cover to direct any load/impact force away from the display screen.
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- This design is aimed at best suiting the usability requirements of rugged use occupations, notably students, or trade workers.
- As more of our textbooks, building plans and literature become digitised, these occupations will have to eventually adopt tablets and e-book readers to readily access documents.
- The current market of devices, although very effective in general use, do not provide adequate protection for a worksite, or a kids schoolbag.
- As phone breakage is a general concern of anyone who purchases a relatively expensive phone. No having that worry about breakage could be desirable to users in just about any demographic.
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The aim was to develop a concept that wouldn't snap, crack, shatter, crunch, crush, in high impact environments. There were two main types of breakage that occur with current large screen phones; A twisting or bending force, caused by sitting on or leaning against a phone, and high impact shock from dropping a phone. The characteristics of these hazards dictated the form and functionality of the phone to the point where investigating an alternative to a touch-screen seemed worthwhile. The impact force was addressed through silicon corners that cover all maximum dimensions of the unit, so the first of impact on a flat surface would be one of those corners. Twisting and bending forces are handled by the internal case, which is highly re-enforced. Furthermore a transparent convex cover diverts any impact/pushing forces directed at the display.
Movement of the unit over a surface like a magnifying glass seemed like an effective and intuitive method of navigation. The optical sensors enabling this input are a proven technology, robust, readily available, and relatively cheap. The interface would be custom to this method of navigation, with added functionality from holding down buttons.
The magnifying glass method of navigation also provides another key advantage, as the user does not focus everything on a large screen, just the area that they are focusing on at that time, so a large display is not as necessarily for similar usability. Shifting focus from one article to another can be as simple as moving the screen to where you want to view next, with zooming in and out being handled with function buttons.
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