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Publication numberUS20080167799 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/907,251
Publication dateJul 10, 2008
Filing dateOct 10, 2007
Priority dateJan 10, 2007
Also published asEP2102596A1, US7974777, US8335637, US8498804, US20080167797, US20080167810, US20080168346, US20080207116, US20080208447, US20080215236, US20080221782, US20080228390, US20100286901, WO2008083862A1
Publication number11907251, 907251, US 2008/0167799 A1, US 2008/167799 A1, US 20080167799 A1, US 20080167799A1, US 2008167799 A1, US 2008167799A1, US-A1-20080167799, US-A1-2008167799, US2008/0167799A1, US2008/167799A1, US20080167799 A1, US20080167799A1, US2008167799 A1, US2008167799A1
InventorsPieter Geelen
Original AssigneePieter Geelen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Navigation device and method for quick option access
US 20080167799 A1
Abstract
A method and device are disclosed for navigation. In at least one embodiment, the method includes prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options on an integrated input and display device of a navigation device; storing, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option; and displaying, on the integrated input and display device of the navigation device, at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device includes an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of at least one of a plurality of options; and a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option, wherein the integrated input and display device is useable to display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.
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1. A method, comprising:
prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options on an integrated input and display device of a navigation device;
storing, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option; and
displaying, on the integrated input and display device of the navigation device, at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one icon is displayed during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one icon is a single icon, displayed on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
4. The method of claim 3, wherein the single icon is either representative of the selected option upon receipt of an indication of selection of a single option from the plurality of options or the single is an icon useable to enable display of a plurality of selectable icons upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least two options from the plurality of options.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a single option, a single icon is displayed, for enabling the selected option, on the integrated input and display device.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, a single icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device, to, when selected, enable a further display of a plurality of icons.
7. The method of claim 5, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of the displayed single icon, the selected option is enabled.
8. The method of claim 6, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, an option corresponding to the selected icon is enabled.
9. The method of claim 5, wherein display of the single icon is maintained during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
10. The method of claim 9, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
11. The method of claim 6, wherein display of the single icon is maintained during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
12. The method of claim 11, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device.
13. The method of claim 3, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
14. The method of claim 3, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device.
15. The method of claim 1, wherein the plurality of prompted options includes a set number of options.
16. The method of claim 15, wherein a set number of options, less than the plurality of prompted options, are selectable as the at least one selectable option.
17. The method of claim 5, wherein the single icon is representative of the selected option.
18. The method of claim 5, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, an icon representative of further selection is displayed on the integrated input and display device, to, when selected, enable a further display of a plurality of icons.
19. The method of claim 18, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, an option corresponding to the selected icon is enabled.
20. The method of claim 17, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, an icon representative of further selection is displayed on the integrated input and display device, to, when selected, enable a further display of a plurality of icons.
21. The method of claim 20, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, an option corresponding to the selected icon is enabled.
22. The method of claim 1, wherein the prompting includes displaying the plurality of options for selection.
23. A method, comprising:
receiving an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on a navigation device;
storing, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and
displaying, on an integrated input and display device of the navigation device, an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.
24. The method of claim 23, further comprising:
determining whether or not any other of the of the plurality of options on the navigation device were previously selected for access, wherein the displayed icon is representative of the enabled option upon determining that no other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access.
25. The method of claim 24, wherein the displayed icon is not representative of the enabled option, upon determining that at least one other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access, and is useable to enable further display of a plurality of icons, each representative of at least one of the enabled option and representative of options previously selected for access.
26. The method of claim 25, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of subsequent selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, an option corresponding to the selected icon is enabled.
27. The method of claim 23, wherein the icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
28. The method of claim 24, wherein the icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
29. The method of claim 25, wherein the icon is displayed with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
30. A computer readable medium including program segments for, when executed on a processor of a navigation device, causing the navigation device to implement the method of claim 1.
31. A computer readable medium including program segments for, when executed on a processor of a navigation device, causing the navigation device to implement the method of claim 23.
32. A navigation device, comprising:
an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of at least one of a plurality of options; and
a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option, wherein the integrated input and display device is useable to display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.
33. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein the at least one icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
34. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein the at least one icon is a single icon, displayed on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
35. The navigation device of claim 34, wherein the single icon is either representative of the selected option upon receipt of an indication of selection of a single option from the plurality of options or the single is an icon useable to enable display of a plurality of selectable icons on the integrated input and display device, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least two options from the plurality of options.
36. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a single option, a single icon is displayed, for enabling the selected option, on the integrated input and display device.
37. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, a single icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device, to, when selected, enable a further display of a plurality of icons on the integrated input and display device.
38. The navigation device of claim 36, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of the displayed single icon, enable the selected option.
39. The navigation device of claim 37, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, enable an option corresponding to the selected icon.
40. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein display of the single icon is maintained on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
41. The navigation device of claim 40, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
42. The navigation device of claim 37, wherein display of the single icon is maintained on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
43. The navigation device of claim 42, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device.
44. The navigation device of claim 34, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
45. The navigation device of claim 34, wherein the single icon is displayed with map information on the integrated input and display device during use of the navigation device.
46. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein the plurality of prompted options includes a set number of options.
47. The navigation device of claim 46, wherein a set number of options, less than the plurality of prompted options, are selectable as the at least one selectable option.
48. The navigation device of claim 36, wherein the single icon is representative of the selected option.
49. The navigation device of claim 36, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, enable display of an icon representative of further selection on the integrated input and display device, and to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of the icon representative of further selection, enable a further display of a plurality of icons.
50. The navigation device of claim 49, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, enable an option corresponding to the selected icon.
51. The navigation device of claim 48, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options, enable display of an icon representative of further selection on the integrated input and display device, and to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of the icon representative of further selection, enable a further display of a plurality of icons.
52. The navigation device of claim 51, further comprising a processor to, upon receipt of an indication of selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, enable an option corresponding to the selected icon.
53. The navigation device of claim 32, wherein the prompting includes displaying the plurality of options for selection on the integrated input and display device.
54. A navigation device, comprising:
a processor to receive an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on the navigation device;
a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and
an integrated input and display device to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.
55. The navigation device of claim 54, wherein the processor is further useable to determine whether or not any other of the of the plurality of options on the navigation device were previously selected for access, wherein the displayed icon is representative of the enabled option upon the processor determining that no other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access.
56. The navigation device of claim 55, wherein the displayed icon is not representative of the enabled option, upon the processor determining that at least one other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access, and is useable to enable further display of a plurality of icons, each representative of at least one of the enabled option and representative of options previously selected for access.
57. The navigation device of claim 56, wherein, upon receipt of an indication of subsequent selection of one of the plurality of displayed icons, the processor is useable to enable an option corresponding to the selected icon.
58. The navigation device of claim 54, wherein the icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
59. The navigation device of claim 55, wherein the icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode. navigation device
60. The navigation device of claim 56, wherein the icon is displayed on the integrated input and display device with map information during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.
Description
CO-PENDING APPLICATIONS

The following applications are being filed concurrently with the present application. The entire contents of each of the following applications is hereby incorporated herein by reference: A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EARLY INSTRUCTION OUTPUT (Attorney docket number 06P207US01) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AND USING PROFILES (Attorney docket number 06P207US02) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED MAP DISPLAY (Attorney docket number 06P207US03) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD RELATING TO AN AUDIBLE RECOGNITION MODE (Attorney docket number 06P207US04) filed on even date herewith; NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POINTS OF INTEREST (Attorney docket number 06P207US05) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FUEL PRICING DISPLAY (Attorney docket number 06P057US06) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INFORMATIONAL SCREEN DISPLAY (Attorney docket number 06P207US06) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DEALING WITH LIMITED ACCESS ROADS (Attorney docket number 06P057US07) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRAVEL WARNINGS (Attorney docket number 06P057US07) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING BREAK WARNING (Attorney docket number 06P057US07) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ISSUING WARNINGS (Attorney docket number 06P207US07) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY OF POSITION IN TEXT READIBLE FORM (Attorney docket number 06P207US08) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE ACCESS (Attorney docket number 06P057US08) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REGIONAL TRAVEL INFORMATION IN A NAVIGATION DEVICE (Attorney docket number 06P207US09) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN A NAVIGATION DEVICE (Attorney docket number 06P207US09) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD USING A PERSONAL AREA NETWORK (Attorney docket number 06P207US10) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD USING A LOCATION MESSAGE (Attorney docket number 06P207US10) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONSERVING POWER (Attorney docket number 06P207US11) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING A TRAFFIC MESSAGE CHANNEL (Attorney docket number 06P207US13) filed on even date herewith; A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING A TRAFFIC MESSAGE CHANNEL RESOURCE (Attorney docket number 06P207US13) filed on even date herewith; and A NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A RICH CONTENT DOCUMENT (Attorney docket number 06P207US27) filed on even date herewith.

PRIORITY STATEMENT

The present application hereby claims priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(e) on each of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Nos. 60/879,523 filed Jan. 10, 2007, 60/879,549 filed Jan. 10, 2007, 60/879,553 filed Jan. 10, 2007, 60/879,577 filed Jan. 10, 2007, 60/879,599 filed Jan. 10, 2007, the entire contents of each of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

The present application generally relates to navigation methods and devices.

BACKGROUND

Navigation devices were traditionally utilized mainly in the areas of vehicle use, such as on cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats, etc. Alternatively, if such navigation devices were portable, they were further transferable between vehicles and/or useable outside the vehicle, for foot travel for example.

These devices are typically tailored to produce a route of travel based upon an initial position of the navigation device and a selected/input travel destination (end position), noting that the initial position could be entered into the device, but is traditionally calculated via GPS Positioning from a GPS receiver within the navigation device. However, more recently, navigation devices are including more and more additional features or options.

SUMMARY

The inventors discovered that access to certain options can be difficult, slow or cumbersome, as the primary purpose of the navigation device is vehicle navigation. Thus, the inventors of the present application developed a method for a user to mark or select their most popular options, and then allow them easy access to these marked or selected options, even during use of the navigation device in a navigation mode.

In at least one embodiment of the present application, a method includes prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options on an integrated input and display device of a navigation device; storing, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option; and displaying, on the integrated input and display device of the navigation device, at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.

In at least one embodiment of the present application, a navigation device includes an integrated input and display device to prompt selection of at least one of a plurality of options; and a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option, wherein the integrated input and display device is useable to display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.

In at least one other embodiment of the present application, a method includes receiving an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on a navigation device; storing, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and displaying, on an integrated input and display device of the navigation device, an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.

In at least one other embodiment of the present application, a navigation device includes a processor to receive an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on the navigation device; a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and an integrated input and display device to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present application will be described in more detail below by using example embodiments, which will be explained with the aid of the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates an example view of a Global Positioning System (GPS);

FIG. 2 illustrates an example block diagram of electronic components of a navigation device of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 3 illustrates an example block diagram of a server, navigation device and connection therebetween of an embodiment of the present application;

FIGS. 4A and 4B are perspective views of an implementation of an embodiment of the navigation device 200.

FIG. 5 illustrates an example flow of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 6 illustrates a further example flow of an embodiment of the present application;

FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate an example of a displayed options selection menu of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a displayed representative quick access icon in a navigation mode of an embodiment of the present application;

FIGS. 9A and 9B illustrate an example of a displayed options selection menu of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 10 illustrates an example of a displayed generic quick access icon in a navigation mode of an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 11 illustrates a displayed quick access menu of example embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 12 illustrates an example flow of another embodiment of the present application; and

FIG. 13 illustrates a further example flow of another embodiment of the present application.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EXAMPLE EMBODIMENTS

The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention. As used herein, the singular forms “a”, “an”, and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms “includes” and/or “including”, when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.

In describing example embodiments illustrated in the drawings, specific terminology is employed for the sake of clarity. However, the disclosure of this patent specification is not intended to be limited to the specific terminology so selected and it is to be understood that each specific element includes all technical equivalents that operate in a similar manner.

Referencing the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding parts throughout the several views, example embodiments of the present patent application are hereafter described. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout. As used herein, the term “and/or” includes any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items.

FIG. 1 illustrates an example view of Global Positioning System (GPS), usable by navigation devices, including the navigation device of embodiments of the present application. Such systems are known and are used for a variety of purposes. In general, GPS is a satellite-radio based navigation system capable of determining continuous position, velocity, time, and in some instances direction information for an unlimited number of users.

Formerly known as NAVSTAR, the GPS incorporates a plurality of satellites which work with the earth in extremely precise orbits. Based on these precise orbits, GPS satellites can relay their location to any number of receiving units.

The GPS system is implemented when a device, specially equipped to receive GPS data, begins scanning radio frequencies for GPS satellite signals. Upon receiving a radio signal from a GPS satellite, the device determines the precise location of that satellite via one of a plurality of different conventional methods. The device will continue scanning, in most instances, for signals until it has acquired at least three different satellite signals (noting that position is not normally, but can be determined, with only two signals using other triangulation techniques). Implementing geometric triangulation, the receiver utilizes the three known positions to determine its own two-dimensional position relative to the satellites. This can be done in a known manner. Additionally, acquiring a fourth satellite signal will allow the receiving device to calculate its three dimensional position by the same geometrical calculation in a known manner. The position and velocity data can be updated in real time on a continuous basis by an unlimited number of users.

As shown in FIG. 1, the GPS system is denoted generally by reference numeral 100. A plurality of satellites 120 are in orbit about the earth 124. The orbit of each satellite 120 is not necessarily synchronous with the orbits of other satellites 120 and, in fact, is likely asynchronous. A GPS receiver 140, usable in embodiments of navigation devices of the present application, is shown receiving spread spectrum GPS satellite signals 160 from the various satellites 120.

The spread spectrum signals 160, continuously transmitted from each satellite 120, utilize a highly accurate frequency standard accomplished with an extremely accurate atomic clock. Each satellite 120, as part of its data signal transmission 160, transmits a data stream indicative of that particular satellite 120. It is appreciated by those skilled in the relevant art that the GPS receiver device 140 generally acquires spread spectrum GPS satellite signals 160 from at least three satellites 120 for the GPS receiver device 140 to calculate its two-dimensional position by triangulation. Acquisition of an additional signal, resulting in signals 160 from a total of four satellites 120, permits the GPS receiver device 140 to calculate its three-dimensional position in a known manner.

FIG. 2 illustrates an example block diagram of electronic components of a navigation device 200 of an embodiment of the present application, in block component format. It should be noted that the block diagram of the navigation device 200 is not inclusive of all components of the navigation device, but is only representative of many example components.

The navigation device 200 is located within a housing (not shown). The housing includes a processor 210 connected to an input device 220 and a display screen 240. The input device 220 can include a keyboard device, voice input device, touch panel and/or any other known input device utilized to input information; and the display screen 240 can include any type of display screen such as an LCD display, for example. In at least one embodiment of the present application, the input device 220 and display screen 240 are integrated into an integrated input and display device, including a touchpad or touchscreen input wherein a user need only touch a portion of the display screen 240 to select one of a plurality of display choices or to activate one of a plurality of virtual buttons.

In addition, other types of output devices 251 can also include, including but not limited to, an audible output device. As output device 251 can produce audible information to a user of the navigation device 200, it is equally understood that input device 240 can also include a microphone and software for receiving input voice commands as well.

In the navigation device 200, processor 210 is operatively connected to and set to receive input information from input device 240 via a connection 225, and operatively connected to at least one of display screen 240 and output device 251, via output connections 245, to output information thereto. Further, the processor 210 is operatively connected to memory 230 via connection 235 and is further adapted to receive/send information from/to input/output (I/O) ports 270 via connection 275, wherein the I/O port 270 is connectible to an I/O device 280 external to the navigation device 200. The external I/O device 270 may include, but is not limited to an external listening device such as an earpiece for example. The connection to I/O device 280 can further be a wired or wireless connection to any other external device such as a car stereo unit for hands-free operation and/or for voice activated operation for example, for connection to an ear piece or head phones, and/or for connection to a mobile phone for example, wherein the mobile phone connection may be used to establish a data connection between the navigation device 200 and the internet or any other network for example, and/or to establish a connection to a server via the internet or some other network for example.

The navigation device 200, in at least one embodiment, may establish a “mobile” network connection with the server 302 via a mobile device 400 (such as a mobile phone, PDA, and/or any device with mobile phone technology) establishing a digital connection (such as a digital connection via known Bluetooth technology for example). Thereafter, through its network service provider, the mobile device 400 can establish a network connection (through the internet for example) with a server 302. As such, a “mobile” network connection is established between the navigation device 200 (which can be, and often times is mobile as it travels alone and/or in a vehicle) and the server 302 to provide a “real-time” or at least very “up to date” gateway for information.

The establishing of the network connection between the mobile device 400 (via a service provider) and another device such as the server 302, using the internet 410 for example, can be done in a known manner. This can include use of TCP/IP layered protocol for example. The mobile device 400 can utilize any number of communication standards such as CDMA, GSM, WAN, etc.

As such, an internet connection may be utilized which is achieved via data connection, via a mobile phone or mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 for example. For this connection, an internet connection between the server 302 and the navigation device 200 is established. This can be done, for example, through a mobile phone or other mobile device and a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)-connection (GPRS connection is a high-speed data connection for mobile devices provided by telecom operators; GPRS is a method to connect to the internet.

The navigation device 200 can further complete a data connection with the mobile device 400, and eventually with the internet 410 and server 302, via existing Bluetooth technology for example, in a known manner, wherein the data protocol can utilize any number of standards, such as the GSRM, the Data Protocol Standard for the GSM standard, for example.

The navigation device 200 may include its own mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 itself (including an antenna for example, wherein the internal antenna of the navigation device 200 can further alternatively be used). The mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 can include internal components as specified above, and/or can include an insertable card, complete with necessary mobile phone technology and/or an antenna for example. As such, mobile phone technology within the navigation device 200 can similarly establish a network connection between the navigation device 200 and the server 302, via the internet 410 for example, in a manner similar to that of any mobile device 400.

For GRPS phone settings, the Bluetooth enabled device may be used to correctly work with the ever changing spectrum of mobile phone models, manufacturers, etc., model/manufacturer specific settings may be stored on the navigation device 200 for example. The data stored for this information can be updated in a manner discussed in any of the embodiments, previous and subsequent.

FIG. 2 further illustrates an operative connection between the processor 210 and an antenna/receiver 250 via connection 255, wherein the antenna/receiver 250 can be a GPS antenna/receiver for example. It will be understood that the antenna and receiver designated by reference numeral 250 are combined schematically for illustration, but that the antenna and receiver may be separately located components, and that the antenna may be a GPS patch antenna or helical antenna for example.

Further, it will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art that the electronic components shown in FIG. 2 are powered by power sources (not shown) in a conventional manner. As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, different configurations of the components shown in FIG. 2 are considered within the scope of the present application. For example, in one embodiment, the components shown in FIG. 2 may be in communication with one another via wired and/or wireless connections and the like. Thus, the scope of the navigation device 200 of the present application includes a portable or handheld navigation device 200.

In addition, the portable or handheld navigation device 200 of FIG. 2 can be connected or “docked” in a known manner to a motorized vehicle such as a car or boat for example. Such a navigation device 200 is then removable from the docked location for portable or handheld navigation use.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example block diagram of a server 302 and a navigation device 200 of the present application, via a generic communications channel 318, of an embodiment of the present application. The server 302 and a navigation device 200 of the present application can communicate when a connection via communications channel 318 is established between the server 302 and the navigation device 200 (noting that such a connection can be a data connection via mobile device, a direct connection via personal computer via the internet, etc.).

The server 302 includes, in addition to other components which may not be illustrated, a processor 304 operatively connected to a memory 306 and further operatively connected, via a wired or wireless connection 314, to a mass data storage device 312. The processor 304 is further operatively connected to transmitter 308 and receiver 310, to transmit and send information to and from navigation device 200 via communications channel 318. The signals sent and received may include data, communication, and/or other propagated signals. The transmitter 308 and receiver 310 may be selected or designed according to the communications requirement and communication technology used in the communication design for the navigation system 200. Further, it should be noted that the functions of transmitter 308 and receiver 310 may be combined into a signal transceiver.

Server 302 is further connected to (or includes) a mass storage device 312, noting that the mass storage device 312 may be coupled to the server 302 via communication link 314. The mass storage device 312 contains a store of navigation data and map information, and can again be a separate device from the server 302 or can be incorporated into the server 302.

The navigation device 200 is adapted to communicate with the server 302 through communications channel 318, and includes processor, memory, etc. as previously described with regard to FIG. 2, as well as transmitter 320 and receiver 322 to send and receive signals and/or data through the communications channel 318, noting that these devices can further be used to communicate with devices other than server 302. Further, the transmitter 320 and receiver 322 are selected or designed according to communication requirements and communication technology used in the communication design for the navigation device 200 and the functions of the transmitter 320 and receiver 322 may be combined into a single transceiver.

Software stored in server memory 306 provides instructions for the processor 304 and allows the server 302 to provide services to the navigation device 200. One service provided by the server 302 involves processing requests from the navigation device 200 and transmitting navigation data from the mass data storage 312 to the navigation device 200. According to at least one embodiment of the present application, another service provided by the server 302 includes processing the navigation data using various algorithms for a desired application and sending the results of these calculations to the navigation device 200.

The communication channel 318 generically represents the propagating medium or path that connects the navigation device 200 and the server 302. According to at least one embodiment of the present application, both the server 302 and navigation device 200 include a transmitter for transmitting data through the communication channel and a receiver for receiving data that has been transmitted through the communication channel.

The communication channel 318 is not limited to a particular communication technology. Additionally, the communication channel 318 is not limited to a single communication technology; that is, the channel 318 may include several communication links that use a variety of technology. For example, according to at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 can be adapted to provide a path for electrical, optical, and/or electromagnetic communications, etc. As such, the communication channel 318 includes, but is not limited to, one or a combination of the following: electric circuits, electrical conductors such as wires and coaxial cables, fiber optic cables, converters, radio-frequency (rf) waves, the atmosphere, empty space, etc. Furthermore, according to at least one various embodiment, the communication channel 318 can include intermediate devices such as routers, repeaters, buffers, transmitters, and receivers, for example.

In at least one embodiment of the present application, for example, the communication channel 318 includes telephone and computer networks. Furthermore, in at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 may be capable of accommodating wireless communication such as radio frequency, microwave frequency, infrared communication, etc. Additionally, according to at least one embodiment, the communication channel 318 can accommodate satellite communication.

The communication signals transmitted through the communication channel 318 include, but are not limited to, signals as may be required or desired for given communication technology. For example, the signals may be adapted to be used in cellular communication technology such as Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), etc. Both digital and analogue signals can be transmitted through the communication channel 318. According to at least one embodiment, these signals may be modulated, encrypted and/or compressed signals as may be desirable for the communication technology.

The mass data storage 312 includes sufficient memory for the desired navigation applications. Examples of the mass data storage 312 may include magnetic data storage media such as hard drives for example, optical storage media such as CD-Roms for example, charged data storage media such as flash memory for example, molecular memory, etc.

According to at least one embodiment of the present application, the server 302 includes a remote server accessible by the navigation device 200 via a wireless channel. According to at least one other embodiment of the application, the server 302 may include a network server located on a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), etc.

According to at least one embodiment of the present application, the server 302 may include a personal computer such as a desktop or laptop computer, and the communication channel 318 may be a cable connected between the personal computer and the navigation device 200. Alternatively, a personal computer may be connected between the navigation device 200 and the server 302 to establish an internet connection between the server 302 and the navigation device 200. Alternatively, a mobile telephone or other handheld device may establish a wireless connection to the internet, for connecting the navigation device 200 to the server 302 via the internet.

The navigation device 200 may be provided with information from the server 302 via information downloads which may be periodically updated upon a user connecting navigation device 200 to the server 302 and/or may be more dynamic upon a more constant or frequent connection being made between the server 302 and navigation device 200 via a wireless mobile connection device and TCP/IP connection for example. For many dynamic calculations, the processor 304 in the server 302 may be used to handle the bulk of the processing needs, however, processor 210 of navigation device 200 can also handle much processing and calculation, oftentimes independent of a connection to a server 302.

The mass storage device 312 connected to the server 302 can include volumes more cartographic and route data than that which is able to be maintained on the navigation device 200 itself, including maps, etc. The server 302 may process, for example, the majority of the devices of a navigation device 200 which travel along the route using a set of processing algorithms. Further, the cartographic and route data stored in memory 312 can operate on signals (e.g. GPS signals), originally received by the navigation device 200.

As indicated above, a navigation device 200 of an embodiment of the present application includes a processor 210, an input device 220, and a display screen 240. In at least one embodiment, the input device 220 and display screen 240 are integrated into an integrated input and display device to enable both input of information (via direct input, menu selection, etc.) and display of information through a touch panel screen, for example. Such a screen may be a touch input LCD screen, for example, as is well known to those of ordinary skill in the art. Further, the navigation device 200 can also include any additional input device 220 and/or any additional output device 240, such as audio input/output devices for example.

FIGS. 4A and 4B are perspective views of an implementation of an embodiment of the navigation device 200. As shown in FIG. 4A, the navigation device 200 may be a unit that includes an integrated input and display device 290 (a touch panel screen for example) and the other components of FIG. 2 (including but not limited to internal GPS receiver 250, microprocessor 210, a power supply, memory systems 220, etc.).

The navigation device 200 may sit on an arm 292, which itself may be secured to a vehicle dashboard/window/etc. using a large suction cup 294. This arm 292 is one example of a docking station to which the navigation device 200 can be docked.

As shown in FIG. 4B, the navigation device 200 can be docked or otherwise connected to an arm 292 of the docking station by snap connecting the navigation device 292 to the arm 292 for example (this is only one example, as other known alternatives for connection to a docking station are within the scope of the present application). The navigation device 200 may then be rotatable on the arm 292, as shown by the arrow of FIG. 4B. To release the connection between the navigation device 200 and the docking station, a button on the navigation device 200 may be pressed, for example (this is only one example, as other known alternatives for disconnection to a docking station are within the scope of the present application).

In at least one embodiment of the present application, a method includes prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options on an integrated input and display device 290 of a navigation device 200, storing, upon receiving indication of selection of at least one of a plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option; and displaying, on the integrated input and display device 290 of the navigation device 200, at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.

In at least one embodiment of the present application, a navigation device 200 includes an integrated input and display device 290 to prompt selection of at least one of a plurality of options; and a memory 230 to store, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option, wherein the integrated input and display device 290 is useable to display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option.

An example embodiment of the present application is shown in FIG. 5. Initially, after starting the navigation device 200, a user may be prompted to select at least one of a plurality of options, via a display on an integrated input and display device 290 of the navigation device 200, for example, in Step S2. This prompting can include display of a plurality of options or features of the navigation device 200, some of which may be related to non-navigational functions such as music functions, for example. The plurality of options may be displayed to permit selection of one or more of the options for subsequent quick and/or easy access to the options, for example.

Thereafter, in Step S4, an indication of selection of the at least one option may be stored, in memory 230 of the navigation device 200 for example. Thus, a user may select a plurality of options for subsequent quick and/or easy access, or may select a single option. If no option is selected, the navigation device 200 will operate as normal, without having any ability for quick or otherwise immediate access to any particular option based on these actions (but may already have established this quick and easy access or may later enable an option for subsequent quick and easy access as will be explained with regard to another embodiment of the application).

Once a selected option is stored in Step S4, the integrated input and display device 290 of the navigation device 200 can then display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option. Such an icon may be displayed during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode (such as when display navigation and/or map information for example), for example, to allow a user to quickly access a particular selected option.

Optionally, the method can further be used to determine whether or not one or more options are selected, and can alter display of the icon depending on whether or not one or more than one options was selected, by the processor 210 of the navigation device 200 for example. For example, in Step S6, it can be determined whether or not a single option was selected. If so, the display of the icon in Step S8 can include display of an icon representative of the option selected. Thus, by displaying the single icon, on the integrated input and display device 290 during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode for example, and by having the icon be displayed in a manner representative of the selected option, a user can quickly know that the option is easily accessible and enableable, and by subsequent selection thereof, the user can easily enable the desired option.

In Step S6, if it is determined, by the processor 210 of the navigation device 200 for example, that a single option was not selected, but that a plurality of options were selected for example, then an icon can be displayable in Step S10, which is usable to enable display of a plurality of option icons. Thus, the single icon may be either representative of the selected option upon receipt of an indication of selection of a single option from the plurality of options, or the single icon may be an icon usable to enable display of a plurality of selectable icons upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least two options from the plurality of options. Thus, upon receipt of an indication of this displayed single icon representative of one selected option, the selected option may be enabled by the processor 210 of the navigation device 200 for example. Further, if the single icon is usable to enable a further display of a plurality of icons, when this icon is selected, a plurality of additional icons are then displayed, which, when selected, enable an option corresponding to the selected icon, by the processor 210 of the navigation device 200 for example. In any of the aforementioned situations, display of a single icon may be maintained during use of the navigation device 200 in the navigation mode, and the single icon may be displayed with map information during use of the navigation device 200 in the navigation mode.

FIG. 6 provides a further example of an embodiment of the present application. As shown in FIG. 6, a preference mode may be initially displayed to a user in Step S20, on the integrated input and display device 290 for example, including an option for selecting options or “quick menu preferences.” Upon selection of the “quick menu preference” virtual button displayed in Step S20, a plurality of selectable options or “quick menu preferences” may be displayed in Step S22, noting that arrow keys may be utilized if the displayable quick menu preference options will not fit on an entire display screen (to enable a user to scroll through selectable options for example). Thus, in Step S22, the user is prompted to select at least one of the plurality of options.

Thereafter, in Step S24, the processor 210 for example, can determine whether or not any options were selected. If no options are selected, the quick menu may be removed in Step S26, such that no quick menu access will be permitted until or unless options are later selected and/or enabled.

If the answer to Step S24 is yes, then the processor 210 for example, may determine in Step S28 that only one option has been selected. Thus, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option may be stored in memory 230 for example, and the processor 210 may determine whether or not only one option was selected. If so, then in Step S30, an icon representative of the selected option may be displayed (on the integrated input and display device 290 for example) during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode or navigation view for example (such as with map and other navigation information for example), wherein the displaying includes display of a representative icon usable to enable the one selected option. For example, a flag may be set and stored in memory 230, indicating to the processor 210 that upon display in a navigation mode, an icon representative of the selected option should be displayed.

If the answer to Step S28 is no, then the method moves to Step S32 wherein an icon usable to enable a display of a plurality of selectable icons, for example a green arrow shortcut icon, may be displayed in a navigation view or navigation mode, on the integrated input and display device 290 for example. For example, a flag may be set and stored in memory 230, indicating to the processor 210 that upon display in a navigation mode or navigation view, an icon usable to enable a display of a plurality of selectable icons, to subsequently enable a selected option, should be displayed.

FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate an example of the display usable in prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options, displayed on an integrated input and display device 290 of a navigation device 200 for example. A first fixed number of selectable options may be displayed on an integrated input and display device 290 of the navigation device 200 for example as shown in FIG. 7A, wherein arrow keys can be used to scroll to a next screen of the fixed number of selectable options, such as that shown in FIG. 7B, wherein additional one of the fixed number of selectable options may be displayed.

The options can include any fixed number of options set by the navigation system 200, and is not limited, by kind or by number, to those shown in the two display screens as shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B. Further, the display of FIG. 7A, displaying only six of the twelve selectable options, is not to be interpreted as being limited, as any number of options may be displayed at a single time.

It should be noted that the various options can include options for access to any of a number of different types of preferences, options, features of the navigation device 200, in the form of permitting easier quick access to preferences, options, features desired most by a particular user.

For example, if the user of the navigation device 200 likes music, the user may wish to select the “TomTom Jukebox” option as shown in FIG. 7A to allow quick access to use of the navigation device 200 as an MP3 player or other music player for example, even when the navigation device 200 is currently in a navigation mode. If a user desires quick access to the weather, for example, the user may wish to select the weather option as shown in FIG. 7B for example.

It is preferred that a set number of options be displayed for selection to a user, such as the twelve options shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B, and it is further preferable to set a limited number of options for selection at any one time, such as six options, for example (or some fixed number of options displayable at any one time on the integrated input and display of a navigation device 200). Thus, although the present application is not limited as such, in one example embodiment, the plurality of prompted options includes a set number of options. Further, in at least one embodiment of the present application, another set number of options, less than the plurality of prompted options, are selectable, as the at least one selectable option.

FIG. 8 provides an illustration of an example display of a navigation device 200, on an integrated input and display device 290 for example, when used in a navigation mode or shown in a navigation view. The display includes generally two areas of display, namely a navigation or status bar 810 and a map display area 820. The map display area 820 includes map information generally labeled 830 and an indication of the route of travel 840, wherein the status bar 810 area includes times, distances, speeds, etc.

In the example embodiment shown in FIG. 8, an icon representative of the selected “TomTom Jukebox” option has been selected as the only option (in step S6 of FIG. 5 for example) is displayed as a music note 850 for example, namely a single icon representative of the selected “TomTom Jukebox” option (note that the music note icon 850 has been circled for emphasis only as such a circle, although it may be included, is not intended to be part of the display of FIG. 8).

Thus, subsequent to initially prompting selection of at least one of a plurality of options in FIGS. 7A and 7B, and subsequent to storing, in memory 230 for example, an indication of the selected “TomTom Jukebox” option, a single icon representative of the selected “TomTom Jukebox” option is then displayed during use of the navigation device 200, with map information 830 and the route of travel 840 for example. As such, if the user is utilizing the navigation device 200 in such a navigation mode or navigation view as shown in FIG. 8, the user can still have quick and easy access to the “TomTom Jukebox” option of the navigation device 200. Accordingly, upon selecting the music note icon 850 shown in FIG. 8, the processor 210 of the navigation device 200 will recognize selection of the icon and will enable the “TomTom Jukebox” option or feature of the navigation device 200. Thus, the user is provided with quick access to this “favorite” feature or option. Of course, it is noted that the music note icon 850 is just one example of an icon representative of a selected option, and the embodiments of the present application should not be limited as such.

FIGS. 9A and 9B illustrate another aspect of an embodiment of the invention, wherein a plurality of options, when prompted, are selected (namely one where five particular options are selected). Accordingly, in such an example, when a plurality of options are selected, and indication of a plurality of selected options are stored in memory 230 for example, and then the processor 210 for example, will direct display of a single more generic icon to the user, during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation view or navigation mode. This is shown by icon 860 in FIG. 10 for example.

FIG. 10 includes a navigation view display, during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode for example, somewhat similar to that of FIG. 8, including the navigation or status bar 810, the map display area 820, the map information 830 and the route of travel 840. The displayed icon 860 is not representative of any particular mode, but is instead representative of the fact that a plurality of modes or options have been selected by a user (thus a general icon such as an arrow 860 is shown, wherein the arrow can further be a green arrow indicating that selection of this arrow will require further selection of an option.

Accordingly, upon receipt of an indication of selection of a plurality of options by the processor 210, an icon representative of further selection, such as the arrow 860 shown in FIG. 10, is displayed on the integrated input and display device 290. When such an icon 860 is selected, this enables a further display of icons as shown in FIG. 11 for example.

Accordingly, upon receipt of an indication of the five selected options shown in FIGS. 9A and 9B, upon storing this indication in memory 230, upon displaying an icon representative of further selection such as the arrow icon 860, and in response to the processor 210 receiving an indication of selection of the arrow icon 860 of FIG. 10, a plurality of additional icons may be displayed on the integrated input and display device 290, these icons being representative of the options selected.

For example, as shown in FIG. 10, each of the five icons 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 are representative of each of the five selected options of FIGS. 9A and 9B, noting that upon receipt of an indication of selection of any of the displayed icons of FIG. 10, the processor 210 will enable the corresponding selected option. Thus, if only one option is selected by a user of the navigation device 200, only a single icon (such as music note icon 850 of FIG. 8 for example) representative of the option will be displayed to the user in a navigation mode; and if a plurality of options are selected, then a single generic icon (such as arrow icon 860 of FIG. 9 for example), wherein selection of that generic icon 860 will then enable display of the further icons shown in FIG. 11, each representative of a selected option, wherein selection thereof will enable the corresponding option.

As previously indicated, selection of a particular icon shown in FIG. 11 will enable a particular option. If an option cannot be enabled at a particular time, such as the option of reporting safety cameras in a particular area where safety cameras are not present for example, the icon can be differentiated from the display of other icons, such as the grayed out icon 500 shown in FIG. 11, for example. As such, the icon is not selectable to enable the particular option.

It should be noted that each of the aforementioned aspects of an embodiment of the present application have been described with regard to the method of the present application. However, at least one embodiment of the present application is directed to a navigation device 200, including an integrated input and display device 290 to prompt selection of at least one of a plurality of options, and a memory 230 to store, upon receipt of an indication of selection of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of selection of the at least one option, wherein the integrated input and display device 290 is usable to display at least one icon to enable the at least one selected option. Such a navigation device 200 may further include a processor 210 to enable options and/or to enable display of icons, upon receipt of an indication of selection of options. Thus, such a navigation device 200 may be used to perform the various aspects of the method described with regard to FIGS. 5-11, as would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. Thus, further explanation is omitted for the sake of brevity.

In at least one other embodiment of the present application, a method includes receiving an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on a navigation device 200, storing, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of at least one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the options; and displaying, on an integrated input and display device 290 of the navigation device 200, an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.

In at least one other embodiment of the present application, a navigation device includes a processor to receive an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on the navigation device; a memory to store, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and an integrated input and display device to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option.

FIG. 12 illustrates a method flow for implementing at least one additional embodiment of the present application. In Step S42, an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options is received, by a processor 210 for example. Thereafter, in Step S44, and indication of enablement of the enabled option is stored, in memory 203 for example, and subsequent thereto, an icon for subsequent enablement of the enabled option is displayed, on an integrated input and display device 290 for example. It should be noted that the display can include two different displays, depending upon whether or not other options were previously selected for access.

For example, subsequent to storing an indication of an enabled option in Step S44, it can be determined in Step S46 by processor 210 for example, whether or not any other options were previously selected for access, such as via prompting of a plurality of options as shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B or FIGS. 9A and 9B of the present application for example. If not, then an icon is displayed which is representative of the enabled option in Step S48. Thus, if no other options were previously selected for access, such as via the prompt in FIGS. 7A and 7B or 9A and 9B for example, once a particular option is enabled, the processor 210 can direct the integrated input and display device 290 to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the option (such as the music note icon 850 of FIG. 8, assuming that the “TomTom Jukebox” was enabled, and no other options were previously selected for access).

In such a situation, the navigation device 200 assumes that if a user enables the option one time, he may desire quick access to enable the option again. Such quick access can be achieved by displaying an icon representative of the enabled option, on integrated input and display device 290 for example, upon determining that no other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access. Such an icon may be displayed with map information 830 during the use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode for example, in a manner somewhat similar to that previously described with regard to FIG. 8.

In Step S46, if it is determined that any other options were previously selected for access, via selection from prompted option menus shown in FIG. 7A, 7B, 9A, or 9B for example, an icon can be displayed in Step S50 (such as the arrow icon 860 of FIG. 10 for example), usable to enable display of a plurality of option icons (such as the icons 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 of FIG. 11 for example), for subsequent enablement of a selected option. Thus, although such an icon can be displayed with map information during use of the navigation device 200 in a navigation mode, such an icon will not be representative of the enabled option, upon determining that at least one other of the plurality of options were previously selected for access, and will be usable to enable further display of a plurality of icons, each representative of the at least one enabled option and representative of options previously selected for access. This would be the case, for example, wherein the displayed icon may be the arrow icon 860 of FIG. 10 for example, which can be usable to enable further display of the plurality of previously enabled options and representative of options previously selected for access. Such options may include the options shown in FIG. 11 wherein, upon receipt of an indication of subsequent selection of one of a plurality of displayed icons 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 for example, an option corresponding to the selected icon is enabled.

It should be noted that each of the aforementioned aspects of an embodiment of the present application have been described with regard to the method of the present application. However, at least one embodiment of the present application is directed to a navigation device 200, including a processor 210 to receive an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on the navigation device 200; a memory 230 to store, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and an integrated input and display device 290 to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option Thus, such a navigation device 200 may be used to perform the various aspects of the method described with regard to FIG. 12, as would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. Thus, further explanation is omitted for the sake of brevity.

FIG. 13 illustrates another example flow chart of an additional embodiment of the present application. In Step S60, outside of the quick menu preference selection of step S22 of FIG. 6 for example, a user may enable an option, detectable by processor 210 for example. Thereafter, in Step S62, the processor 210 determines whether or not only one option is enabled. If so, in Step S64, an icon representative of the selected feature or selected option is displayed in a navigation view or navigation mode of a navigation device 200, such as the music note icon 850 of FIG. 8 for example.

If the answer to the question posed in Step S62 is no, the method proceeds to Step S66 where the processor 210 determines whether or not the enabled option is a seventh option (assuming that the navigation system includes only a fixed or set number of options which can be selected for quick access at one time, such as six options for example) in the quick menu, namely whether or not any other a set maximum number of options have already been selected for access. If the processor 210 determines that the option is not the seventh option (namely that it is not an option higher than a set number of options enabled through the quick menu process), then the method moves to Step S70, enabling a display noting that the newly enabled option will be available in the quick menu to again easily select the option.

Thereafter, the method proceeds to Step S72 wherein the arrow shortcut icon, such as icon 860 of FIG. 10 for example, may be displayed in the navigation view or navigation mode of the navigation device 200. If it is determined in Step S66 that the enabled option is the seventh option, or an option higher than a set number of options accessible via the quick menu process, the process moves to Step S68 wherein one of the enabled options is disabled, so as to allow quick menu access to the newly enabled option. Thereafter, the processor 210 may enable display to advise the user in Step S70 of this newly enabled option, wherein the option will be accessible via the green arrow shortcut icon displayed in the navigation view of the navigation device 200 in Step S72. If the user is unhappy that a particular icon will be replaced in the quick menu, the user may then go back to the selection menu and select a new option preference.

It should be noted that each of the aforementioned aspects of an embodiment of the present application have been described with regard to the method of the present application. However, at least one embodiment of the present application is directed to a navigation device 200, including an a processor 210 to receive an indication of enablement of one of a plurality of options on the navigation device 200; a memory 230 to store, upon receipt of an indication of enablement of one of the plurality of options, an indication of enablement of the enabled option; and an integrated input and display device 290 to display an icon for subsequent enablement of the one enabled option Thus, such a navigation device 200 may be used to perform the various aspects of the method described with regard to FIG. 13, as would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. Thus, further explanation is omitted for the sake of brevity.

The methods of at least one embodiment expressed above may be implemented as a computer data signal embodied in the carrier wave or propagated signal that represents a sequence of instructions which, when executed by a processor (such as processor 304 of server 302, and/or processor 210 of navigation device 200 for example) causes the processor to perform a respective method. In at least one other embodiment, at least one method provided above may be implemented above as a set of instructions contained on a computer readable or computer accessible medium, such as one of the memory devices (such as memory 230 for example) previously described, for example, to perform the respective method when executed by a processor or other computer device. In varying embodiments, the medium may be a magnetic medium, electronic medium, optical medium, etc.

Even further, any of the aforementioned methods may be embodied in the form of a program. The program may be stored on a computer readable media and is adapted to perform any one of the aforementioned methods when run on a computer device (a device including a processor). Thus, the storage medium or computer readable medium, is adapted to store information and is adapted to interact with a data processing facility or computer device to perform the method of any of the above mentioned embodiments.

The storage medium may be a built-in medium installed inside a computer device main body or a removable medium arranged so that it can be separated from the computer device main body. Examples of the built-in medium include, but are not limited to, rewriteable non-volatile memories, such as ROMs and flash memories, and hard disks. Examples of the removable medium include, but are not limited to, optical storage media such as CD-ROMs and DVDs; magneto-optical storage media, such as MOs; magnetism storage media, including but not limited to floppy disks (trademark), cassette tapes, and removable hard disks; media with a built-in rewriteable non-volatile memory, including but not limited to memory cards; and media with a built-in ROM, including but not limited to ROM cassettes; etc. Furthermore, various information regarding stored images, for example, property information, may be stored in any other form, or it may be provided in other ways.

As one of ordinary skill in the art will understand upon reading the disclosure, the electronic components of the navigation device 200 and/or the components of the server 302 can be embodied as computer hardware circuitry or as a computer readable program, or as a combination of both.

The system and method of embodiments of the present application include software operative on the processor to perform at least one of the methods according to the teachings of the present application. One of ordinary skill in the art will understand, upon reading and comprehending this disclosure, the manner in which a software program can be launched from a computer readable medium in a computer based system to execute the functions found in the software program. One of ordinary skill in the art will further understand the various programming languages which may be employed to create a software program designed to implement and perform at least one of the methods of the present application.

The programs can be structured in an object-orientation using an object-oriented language including but not limited to JAVA, Smalltalk, C++, etc., and the programs can be structured in a procedural-orientation using a procedural language including but not limited to COBAL, C, etc. The software components can communicate in any number of ways that are well known to those of ordinary skill in the art, including but not limited to by application of program interfaces (API), interprocess communication techniques, including but not limited to report procedure call (RPC), common object request broker architecture (CORBA), Component Object Model (COM), Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Distributed System Object Model (DSOM), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). However, as will be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art upon reading the present application disclosure, the teachings of the present application are not limited to a particular programming language or environment.

The above systems, devices, and methods have been described by way of example and not by way of limitation with respect to improving accuracy, processor speed, and ease of user interaction, etc. with a navigation device 200.

Further, elements and/or features of different example embodiments may be combined with each other and/or substituted for each other within the scope of this disclosure and appended claims.

Still further, any one of the above-described and other example features of the present invention may be embodied in the form of an apparatus, method, system, computer program and computer program product. For example, of the aforementioned methods may be embodied in the form of a system or device, including, but not limited to, any of the structure for performing the methodology illustrated in the drawings.

Example embodiments being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the present invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.

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