SOURCE: F-Origin

March 14, 2005 09:01 ET

F-Origin Announces Radical User Interface Technologies That Make Using Mobile Devices Easy and Intuitive

Innovative Mobile User Interfaces -- HaptiTouch, Book UI, and Iris -- Available Now

Visit F-Origin at CTIA Wireless 2005 in Booth 3455

PLEASANTON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2005 -- F-Origin, Ltd., an emerging innovator of intuitive user interfaces for human interaction with mobile devices, demonstrates the HaptiTouch™ touch screen system with tactile feedback, Book UI menu paging interface, and Iris™, a motion-controlled content-viewing technology while at CTIA Wireless 2005.

HaptiTouch, a touch screen system with tactile feedback, brings the simplicity of human touch to mobile devices, effectively removing the need for keypads, stylus, and other pen-like input devices. Through HaptiTouch software, users' interactions may be complemented with various tactile responses, producing a mechanical feedback sensation from the familiar key as well as audible effects when desired. HaptiTouch is designed with both the user and system manufacturer in mind, requiring only a few commercially available components and F-Origin's platform independent touch-sensing and position-determination software.

Book UI is an innovative menu paging system that allows easy-to-understand book-like indexing while moving through items and categories by simple finger movements on the viewing display. Book UI allows the user to move from one menu page to another in the same manner a page on a book is turned. Once the desired item is found, the user presses on the item to select it. With Book UI, navigation through files, folders or other categories is easy. The true value of Book UI is its ease of use and wide applicability spanning across many mobile device platforms.

Iris, a motion-based viewing technology, views large content on small displays by tilting the device without repurposing the content. Iris software allows the user to navigate and pan across a viewing page, zooming and presenting the content vertically or horizontally depending on the orientation of the device in the user's hand. Similar to HaptiTouch, Iris uses only a few off the shelf components complementing F-Origin's proven content viewing software. With Iris, users can view web pages, pre-stored or downloaded documents, and pictures while panning through them in any direction with simple wrist movements. The user may zoom in for detailed viewing or completely zoom out to view the page in its entirety.

"Today, consumers are faced with adapting to their various mobile devices' user interfaces ranging from smart phones, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 and other portable media players, and gaming devices. Each device has its own unique interface necessitating use of a keypad, stylus or pen, hard function keys, and scroll wheels or pointer sticks. Given the variety and dissimilarities in operating these devices, many of the mobile device functions and beneficial features go unnoticed due to user interface complexities," noted Teemu Vasankari, CEO of F-Origin. "With F-Origin's HaptiTouch, Book UI, and Iris technologies, users intuitively understand how to navigate and select through menus, select a function like making a call or sending a text message, taking a picture and viewing it in detail, reading a document, or navigating through a map, and all without the difficulty of spending hours or days to learn about these functions."

F-Origin's user interface technologies are designed for rapid integration into mobile products using off the shelf components and platform independent software. F-Origin also provides product design support to complement product manufacturers' capabilities to insure rapid time to production.

Availability

HaptiTouch, Book UI, and Iris technologies are readily available for licensing and integration into mobile products. F-Origin provides full software and hardware components as well as design support from concept to production. Sales are managed directly by F-Origin. Please send inquiries to f-origin@f-origin.com, or call (925) 462-3821.

About F-Origin

F-Origin is a developer of innovative solutions in the fields of menu navigation, content viewing, improved data input methods and wireless communication. With F-Origin's tested and mass-production-ready technologies customers can create dynamic user interfaces that improve the user experience and enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices. More information is available at www.f-origin.com.

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