Multiple screen display computer systems are becoming more prevalent due to cheaper prices of a secondary display. Another factor is that a multiple screen computer system offers a computer user more area upon which information and work may be displayed. With a greater display area, the computer user may spend less time cycling through overlapping windows, frequently referred to as "thrashing," to find information that may lie hidden under the overlapping windows. The US Patent Office has published a new Lenovo patent that will allow a user to run their future Windows and/or Android tablets as a second display. The camera on both devices will use face recognition to set up the device so that the devices will be visually coordinated properly as shown in our cover graphic.
As Illustrated in patent figure 3A noted in our cover graphic and below, the multiple-screen display system 100 may comprise a notebook PC 310, and a secondary monitor 320, such as a tablet PC or a smart phone with a smart display. Patent FIG. 3B is a flowchart associated with setting up a secondary display.
Lenovo states that when two or more monitors are connected to a computer, the computer provides a monitor setting (logical position adjustment) to describe the physical position of the monitors relative to each other. The exemplary embodiments may use an image capturing device that captures a face image of a user in front of the multiple-screen displays.
Face recognition technology may be used to detect the position of an eye or nose by analyzing brightness. The face recognition technology may further be used to calculate face orientation. This may allow for automatic logical position adjustment of the multiple screen displays based upon captured face images and calculated face orientation.
Lenovo filed their patent application under serial number 273476 in Q3 2011. The US Patent and Trademark Office published this application earlier this month. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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