(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication
Hotelling et al.
(io) Pub. No.: US 2006/0161871 Al (43) Pub. Date: Jul. 20, 2006
(54) PROXIMITY DETECTOR IN HANDHELD DEVICE
(75) Inventors: Steve P. Hotelling, San Jose, CA (US);
Duncan Robert Kerr, San Francisco,
CA (US); Bas Ording, San Francisco,
CA (US); Jonathan P. Ive, San
Francisco, CA (US); Peter J. Kennedy,
Boca Raton, FL (US); Anthony M.
Fadell, Portola Valley, CA (US); Jeffrey
L. Robbin, Los Altos, CA (US)
BEYER WEAVER & THOMAS LLP
P.O. BOX 70250
OAKLAND, CA 94612-0250 (US) (73) Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA
(21) Appl. No.: 11/241,839
(22) Filed: Sep. 30, 2005
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 10/903,964, filed on Jul. 30, 2004.
Continuation-in-part of application No. 11/038,590, filed on Jan. 18, 2005.
Continuation-in-part of application No. 10/927,925, filed on Aug. 26, 2004.
Continuation-in-part of application No. 11/165,958, filed on Jun. 23, 2005.
(51) Int. CI.
G06F 3/00 (2006.01)
G06F 17/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 715/863; 715/862
Proximity based systems and methods that are implemented on an electronic device are disclosed. The method includes sensing an object spaced away and in close proximity to the electronic device. The method also includes performing an action in the electronic device when an object is sensed.