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(71) Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seoul (KR)
(72) Inventors: Seong-Cheol LEE, Seoul (KR);
Han-Cyu OH, Seoul (KR); Hyo-Sung
PARK, Seoul (KR); Jun-Hyuck SONG,
Seoul (KR); Sang-Min PARK, Seoul
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Foreign Application Priority Data
Nov. 6, 2007
(KR)
10-2007-0112864
Nov. 7, 2007
(KR)
10-2007-0113394
Publication Classi?cation
(51) IIlt- Cl
H04M 1/02
(52)
(73) Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seoul (KR)
us. c1.
CPC
(2006.01)
H04M1/0266 (2013.01)
455/566
(21) App1.No.: 13/865,565
(57)
(22) Flled:
Apr' 18’ 2013
ABSTRACT
A mobile terminal including a terminal body having ?rst and
second regions on a front surface thereof, a touch screen part
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Related U's' Apphcatlon Data
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con?gured to input information corresponding to a touch
applied to a pre-set position on the second region.
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MOBILE TERMINAL
second region and con?gured to input information corre
sponding to a touch applied to a pre- set position on the second
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001] The present application is a 37 C.F.R. §1.53(b) con
tinuation of US. patent application Ser. No. 13/544,591 ?led
Jul. 9, 2012, Which is a continuation of Ser. No. 12/172,522
?led Jul. 14, 2008, now US. Pat. No. 8,249,661 , Which claims
priority on Korean Patent Application No. 10-2007-0112864,
?led Nov. 6, 2007, and Korean Patent Application No.
10-2007-0113394, ?led Nov. 7, 2007, the entire contents of
all Which are hereby incorporated by reference and for Which
priority is claimed under 35 U.S.C. §120.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002]
[0003]
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a mobile terminal
including a touch screen part and a touch key part on a front
surface of the mobile terminal.
[0004] 2. Discussion of the RelatedArt
[0005] Mobile terminals noW provide many additional ser
vices besides the basic call service. For example, users can
noW access the Internet, Watch videos and movies, listen to
music, take pictures, perform scheduling tasks, etc. using
their mobile terminal. Because the mobile terminal is mobile
and lightWeight, the user can easily carry their mobile termi
nals With them.
[0006] As the functions of the mobile terminal are becom
ing more diversi?ed, the number of menu choices has also
increased. That is, a user interface is provided in an attempt to
simplify the operation of the mobile terminal. In addition,
region.
[0011] Further scope of applicability of the present inven
tion Will become apparent from the detailed description given
hereinafter. HoWever, it should be understood that the
detailed description and speci?c examples, While indicating
preferred embodiments of the invention, are given by illus
tration only, since various changes and modi?cations Within
the spirit and scope of the invention Will become apparent to
those skilled in the art from this detailed description.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0012] The present invention Will become more fully
understood from the detailed description given hereinbeloW
and the accompanying draWings, Which are given by illustra
tion only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention,
and Wherein:
[0013] FIG. 1 is a front perspective vieW of a mobile termi
nal according to an embodiment of the present invention;
[0014] FIG. 2 is a rear perspective vieW of the mobile
terminal according to an embodiment of the present inven
tion;
[0015] FIG. 3 is an explodedperspective vieW of the mobile
terminal in FIGS. 1 and 2;
[0016] FIG. 4 is a plan vieW of a touch sheet according to a
?rst embodiment of the present invention;
[0017] FIG. 5 is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal
taken along line V-V in FIG. 3;
[0018]
FIG. 6 is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal
taken along line VI-VI in FIG. 3;
users noW consider their mobile terminal to be a necessity,
[0019]
and also think of the mobile terminal as being an extension of
their personality. Thus, users are noW looking for particular
mobile terminals that have a design that meets their particular
personality. Thus, various designs are noW provided for
sheets in FIG. 3;
[0020] FIGS. 8A to 8C are plan vieWs of the mobile termi
nal for explaining operations of the mobile terminal accord
ing to an embodiment of the present invention;
mobile terminals.
[0007] In addition, some mobile terminals also include a
second embodiment of the present invention;
touch screen that the user can touch to select particular items
[0022] FIG. 10 is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal
With the touch sheet in FIG. 9 mounted on a ?rst body;
or menu options. HoWever, the touch screen is small in siZe,
and therefore it is often dif?cult to select the various menu
options or other items displayed on the touch screen. For
example, the user’s input on the touch screen is not recog
niZed or the user touches tWo or more menu options or items
displayed on the terminal. In addition, the user often has to
read a user’s manual to learn hoW to operate the mobile
terminal, because there are a large variety of options provided
With the mobile terminal.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0008] Accordingly, one object of the present invention is
to address the above-noted and other problems.
[0009]
Another object of the present invention is to provide
a user interface environment that is easy to use and to provide
a mobile terminal that has a simple design.
[0010] To achieve these and other advantages and in accor
dance With the purpose of the present invention, as embodied
and broadly described herein, the present invention provides
in one aspect a mobile terminal including a terminal body
having ?rst and second regions on a front surface thereof, a
touch screen part on the ?rst region and con?gured to display
visual information and perform an inputting operation in a
tactile manner, and a touch pad part corresponding to the
[0021]
[0023]
FIGS. 7A to 7D are front vieWs of illumination
FIG. 9 is a plan vieW of a touch sheet according to a
FIG. 11 is a circuit diagram shoWing a schematically
converted electrical ?eld form on a conductive layer When the
touch sheet in FIG. 9 is touched;
[0024] FIG. 12 is a perspective vieW of a mobile terminal
according to another embodiment of the present invention;
[0025] FIG. 13 is an exploded perspective vieW of the
mobile terminal in FIG. 12; and
[0026] FIG. 14 is a schematic block diagram of the mobile
terminal according to an embodiment of the present inven
tion.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
[0027] Embodiments of the present invention Will noW be
described in detail With reference to the accompanying draW
ings. The same reference numerals Will be used to designate
the same or similar parts throughout the different ?gures.
[0028] FIG. 1 is a front perspective vieW of a mobile termi
nal 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention.
As shoWn, the mobile terminal 100 includes a ?rst body 110
and a second body 120 that is slidably moved along at least
one direction With respect to the ?rst body 110. In addition,
When the ?rst terminal body 110 overlaps the second terminal
body 120, the mobile terminal 100 is in a closed con?gura
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tion. When the ?rst terminal body 110 is slid forward as
shown in FIG. 1, the ?rst body 110 exposes at least a portion
of the second terminal body 120 and is an open con?guration.
[0029] Further, the mobile terminal 100 is usually in a
standby mode in the closed con?guration, but the standby
mode can be released by user manipulation. In the open
con?guration, the mobile terminal 100 mainly functions in a
call mode or the like, but the user can also change this mode
by manipulating a particular menu option or key. The mobile
terminal 100 can also be automatically placed in the standby
mode after the lapse of a certain time.
[0030] In addition, as shoWn in FIG. 1, the case (housing,
casing, cover, etc.) forming the external appearance of the
?rst terminal body 110 includes a front case 111 and a rear
case 112. Various electronic components are also installed in
a space formed by the front case 111 and the case 112.
Further, one or more intermediate cases may also be addition
ally disposed betWeen the front case 111 and the rear case
112. The case may also be formed by injection-molding a
synthetic resin, or may be made of a metallic material such as
stainless steel (STS), titanium (Ti), or the like.
[0031] In addition, as shoWn in FIG. 1, the ?rst body 110
includes a touch screen part 113, a touch key pad part 114, an
audio output unit 115, a ?rst image input unit 116, and a ?rst
manipulating unit 117 on its front surface. The front surface
of the front case 11 includes a ?rst region 113a and a second
region 114a, and the touch screen part 113 and the touch
keypad part 114 are respectively formed on the ?rst and
second regions 113a and 11411.
[0032] Also, the touch screen part 113 is con?gured to
display visual information and input information in a tactile
manner, and the touch keypad part 114 is con?gured to input
information by a touch applied to a particular position set on
the second region. The audio output unit 115 may be a
receiver or a speaker, and the ?rst image input unit 116 may be
a camera module for capturing an image or video. Further, the
device. For example, the interface 126 may be implemented
as one of a connection port (terminal) for connecting an ear
phone to the mobile terminal via a ?xed or Wireless method,
a port (e.g., an IrDA port), a BLUETOOTHTM port, a Wireless
LAN port, or a poWer supply port that supplies poWer to the
mobile terminal 100, or the like. The interface 126 may also
be a card socket (or receiving unit) for accommodating an
external card, such as a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), a
User Identity Module (UIM), a memory card for storing
information, or the like.
[0037] In addition, reference numeral 127 identi?es a bat
tery cover and reference numeral 132 identi?es a broadcast
receiving antenna. The reference numeral 118 in the touch
key pad part 114 identi?es a center key. These features Will be
discussed in more detail With respect to the additional ?gures.
[0038] Next, FIG. 2 is a rear perspective vieW of the mobile
terminal according to an embodiment of the present inven
tion. As shoWn in FIG. 2, the rear surface of the second body
120 includes a second image input unit 128 that has an image
capture direction Which is substantially opposite to that of the
?rst image input unit 116 (See FIG. 1), and may be a camera
supporting a different number of pixels from that of the ?rst
image input unit 116.
[0039] For example, the ?rst image input unit 116 may be
used for loW resolution (i.e., supporting a relatively small
number of pixels) to quickly capture an image (or video) of
the user’s face and immediately transmit the captured data to
another party during a video conferencing call or the like.
Meanwhile, the second image input unit 128 may be used for
high resolution (i.e., supporting a relatively large number of
pixels) in order to capture more detailed or higher quality
images or video Which typically do not need to be transmitted
immediately. In addition, a ?ash may be additionally dis
posed next to the second image input unit 128 to provide extra
light to a subject When an image of the subject is being
captured by the second image input unit 128.
[0040] In the above description, the second image input
?rst manipulating unit 117 includes menu options that the
user may select by pressing the corresponding menu option to
thereby perform different functions on the terminal 100.
[0033] Further, the second body 120 includes a front case
unit 128 is disposed on the second terminal body 120, but the
121 and a rear case 122 that forms the second body 120. The
posed on the rear case 112 can be protected or covered by the
second body 120 also includes a second manipulation unit
second terminal body 120 in the closed con?guration. In
addition, if the second image input unit 128 is not provided,
the ?rst image input unit 116 may be con?gured to rotate (or
otherWise be moved) to thus alloW capturing images in the
123 (e.g., keypad, etc.). A third manipulating unit 124, an
audio input unit 125, and an interface 126 are also disposed on
at least one of the front case 121 and the rear case 122.
[0034]
The second and third manipulating units 123 and
124 are con?gured to alloW a user to perform a particular
option on the terminal 100. For example, the second and third
manipulating units 123 and 124 may be implemented as a
dome sWitch or a touch pad that receives a command or
information according to a push or touch manipulation by the
user, or may be implemented as a Wheel for rotating a key, a
jog type, a joystick, or the like.
[0035] In terms of function, the ?rst manipulation unit 117
is used by the user to input a command such as start, end,
scroll, etc., and the second manipulating unit 123 is used to
second image input unit 128 may be mounted on the rear case
112 of the ?rst body 110. In this instance, the elements dis
direction of the second image input unit 128 as Well as other
directions.
[0041]
Further, as shoWn in FIG. 2, the broadcast signal
receiving antenna 132 is disposed at one side of the rear case
122. FIG. 2 illustrates the antenna 132 in a retractable state,
and the antenna 132 may be retracted from the second body
120. In addition, FIG. 2 also illustrates one part of a slide
module 133 that slidably combines the ?rst body 110 and the
second body 120 disposed on the rear case 112 of the ?rst
body 110. The other part ofthe slide module 133 is disposed
lating unit 124 may operate as a hot key for performing a
on the front case 121 of the second body 120.
[0042] Further, the battery cover 127 is installed at the rear
case 122 to cover a battery that supplies poWer to the mobile
particular function such as activation of the ?rst image input
unit 116. Further, the audio input unit 125 may be imple
mented in the form of, for example, a microphone to receive
terminal 100. The battery may be detachably combined
Within the second body 120. Alternatively, the battery may be
detachably combined in the form of a pack. Also, in the
the user’s voice or other sounds.
mobile terminal shoWn in FIG. 2, a pattern part 129 is formed
input numbers, characters, symbols, etc. The third manipu
[0036]
In addition, the interface 126 is con?gured to alloW
the mobile terminal 100 to exchange data With an external
on the rear surface of the battery cover 127 to prevent the
mobile terminal 100 from being easily moved or from slip
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ping of a surface. In addition, as shown in FIG. 2, the pattern
part 129 has a geometrical regular pattern such as lattice or
[0049] Next, FIG. 4 is a plan vieW of the touch sheet 150
according to a ?rst embodiment of the present invention, in
comb-like pattern. The pattern part 129 may also be formed
Which the touch sheet 150 is vieWed in a forWard direction
from the rear surface of the ?rst body 110. In addition, FIG. 5
is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal 100 taken along line
V-V in FIG. 3, in Which the touch sheet 150 and its relevant
by coating or injection-molding a resin material on a metal
base or by some other appropriate method.
[0043] Next, FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective vieW of the
mobile terminal in FIGS. 1 and 2, and Will be used to explain
an internal structure of the ?rst body 110. As shoWn in FIG. 3,
printed circuit boards (PCBs) 134a and 13419 are mounted at
an internal space betWeen the front case 111 and the rear case
112, and electronic components that perform various func
elements are shoWn.
[0050] As shoWn in FIG. 4, the touch sheet 150 includes a
?rst region 151 for forming the touch screen part 113 and a
second region 152 extending from the ?rst region 151 to form
the touch keypad part 114. In addition, a conductive pattern
tions of the mobile terminal 100 are mounted on the PCBs
156 for sensing a touch is formed at the ?rst and second
134a and 13412.
regions 151 and 152, and can be formed by patterning a
conductive material, e.g., ITO (Indium Tin Oxide), on the
touch sheet 150.
[0051] Further, the conductive pattern 156 may be formed
[0044]
Further, a display module 135 for displaying visual
information is mounted on the PCB 134a, and may include an
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) module, an OLED (Organic
Light Emitting Diode) module, or the like. A WindoW 136 is
disposed on an outer side of the display module 135 and has
a transmissive region alloWing the visual information dis
played on the display module 135 to be seen. In addition, the
WindoW 136 may be made of a transparent material, a syn
thetic resin of a translucent material, or tempered glass, etc.
[0045] A through hole 13611 is also formed at a portion
corresponding to a second region of the WindoW 136, and a
sound hole 11511 is formed at the other end of the WindoW 136
for inputting sounds, etc. to the audio output unit 115. In
addition, a WindoW mounting part 138 is formed at the front
case 111 in order to mount and support the WindoW 136
therein. As shoWn in FIG. 3, the WindoW mounting part 138 is
dented from a surface of the front case 111 so as to receive the
WindoW 136.
[0046] Further, a support frame 139 is mounted at a circum
as a single layer on one surface of the touch sheet 150 in
ZigZags. As shoWn in FIG. 5, in the present exemplary
embodiment, the conductive pattern 156 is formed at an inner
side of the touch sheet 150. HoWever, the conductive pattern
156 may also be formed at an outer side of the touch sheet
150.
[0052] Also, as shoWn in FIG. 4, the conductive pattern 156
of the ?rst region 151 has a ZigZag form in a lengthWise
direction of the ?rst body 110, namely, in the direction from
the audio output unit 115 to the ?rst manipulation unit 117.
The conductive pattern 156 also includes bent points 15711
and 15719 that are formed at the left and right sides of the
conductive pattern 156 in ZigZags, at Which the direction of
the pattern changes. Further, tWo lines adjacent to the bent
point 157!) are symmetrical based on a horizontal line 1570
(virtual line) that passes through the bent point 152b.
ference of the WindoW mounting part 138, and may be made
[0053] Thus, When the user’s ?nger comes in contact With
the WindoW 136, the user’s ?nger is positioned on the region
of a metallic material or a semitransparent synthetic resin
material. The ?rst manipulation unit 117 is formed at one
Where the conductive pattern 156 is formed on the touch sheet
region of the support frame 139, and sWitches 11711 are
mounted at the PCB 134!) to input information according to a
pressing operation of the ?rst manipulating unit 117.
[0047] Also, a touch sheet 150 that senses a touch is
attached at an inner side of the WindoW 136 and may be made
of a transparent material. The touch sheet 150 is also electri
cally connected With the PCB 134!) by a ?exible PCB (FPCB)
141. In addition, a through hole 15011 is formed at a region
corresponding to the second region 1131) of the touch sheet
150, and the center key 118 is disposed in the through hole
150a so that the center key 118 can be pressed. In addition, a
sWitch may be mounted on a rear surface of the center key 1 18
to input information according to a pressing operation of the
center key 118. Also, mounting holes 1501) are formed at one
region of the touch sheet 150 to alloW the ?rst manipulating
150. In the folloWing description, the positioning of the user’ s
?nger on the region Where the conductive pattern 156 is
formed Will be referred to as ‘contacting’ the conductive
pattern 156 for the sake of explanation.
[0054] In addition, as shoWn in FIG. 4, the conductive pat
tern 156 is con?gured such that the user’s ?nger (F) comes
into contact With at least tWo lines 157d and 157e. For this
purpose, a maximum distance betWeen the tWo lines 157d and
157e is set to be shorter than the siZe of the user’s ?nger (F).
Further, both ends Qi, Y) of the conductive pattern 151 are
connected With a data line 153 disposed at an edge of the
touch sheet 150. In more detail, the data line 153 transfers a
touch signal inputted to the conductive pattern 156 to the
interior of the ?rst body 110, for Which an end of the data line
153 is connected to the PCB 134 by the FPCB 141.
[0055] Further, conductive patterns 158 of the second
unit 117 to be mounted thereon. The touch sheet 150 also
includes a shielding pattern 155 formed at edges of the touch
sheet 150.
region 152 implement a key input unit for inputting informa
tion by touching a pre-set region. Also, touch key parts 154
[0048] Further, an illumination sheet 160, Which is surface
illuminated, is disposed at an inner side of the touch sheet
present exemplary embodiment, the touch key parts 154 are
150, and is used to illuminate a region of the WindoW 136 or
indicate a certain mark on one region of the WindoW 136.
Further, the illumination sheet 160 may include an EL (Elec
around the through hole 15011. The mounting holes 1501) are
also illustrated in FIG. 4.
troluminescence) sheet. The illumination sheet 160 also
includes a through-hole 160a corresponding to the through
at the ?rst region 151 of the touch sheet 150 Will noW be
holes 150a and 13611. A dome sWitch 11811 or other input
button is also formed on the PCB 134!) to correspond With the
touches the WindoW 136, the user’s ?nger (F) comes into
center key 118.
conductive pattern 156. Therefore, current supplied Within
are formed to be spaced apart at the second region 152. In the
disposed to be spaced apart up/doWn and left/right centering
[0056]
An operation of the conductive pattern 156 formed
described in more detail. As shoWn in FIG. 4, as the user
contact With the at least tWo lines 157d and 157e of the
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the terminal ?oWs along the line of the conductive pattern
156, and as the user’s ?nger (F) comes into contact With the
conductive pattern 156, a resistance value of the conductive
pattern 156 changes.
[0057] In addition, as the user’s ?nger (F) contacts the tWo
lines 157d and 157e of the conductive pattern 156, tWo con
tact points A and B are generated, and as the positions of the
contact points A and B change, the distance betWeen one end
(X) of the conductive pattern 156 and one contact point (A)
and the distance betWeen the other end of the conductive
pattern 156 and the other contact point (B) also change.
Accordingly, the change value of the resistance varies
depending on the positions of the contact points A and B.
[0058] Further, an amount of charge measured at both ends
(X,Y) of the conductive pattern 156 changes at every touched
point according to the change in the resistance value, and the
values measured at both ends (X,Y) of the conductive pattern
156 are compared With set values previously measured at
each touch region to detect the touched position. As discussed
162 is illuminated When a touch is applied to one of the touch
key parts 154 to thus alloW a user to recogniZe that the touch
has been inputted to the touch key part 154.
[0064] In addition, the illumination patterns 162 are posi
tioned at regions corresponding to the touch key parts 154,
and in the embodiment shoWn in FIGS. 7A to 7D, each
illumination pattern 162 has concentric circles each having a
different radius. In the folloWing description, the illumination
patterns 162 disposed at the right portion of the illumination
sheet 160 Will be taken as an example. Further, the circles
indicated by solid lines indicate an illuminated state, and the
circles indicated by dotted lines indicate a non-illuminated
state.
[0065] Further, as shoWn in FIGS. 7A-7D, the illumination
patterns 162 include ?rst to fourth illumination patterns 16211
to 162d having different radiuses, and in Which the illumina
tion patterns 16211 to 162d are sequentially arranged accord
ing to their radius. In addition, each of the illumination pat
terns 16211 to 162d may be made of a material having a
above, FIG. 5 is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal 100
taken along line V-V in FIG. 3, in Which the touch sheet 150
and its relevant elements are shoWn.
[0059] Next, FIG. 6 is a sectional vieW of the mobile ter
minal 100 taken along line VI-VI in FIG. 3. With reference to
FIGS. 3 and 6, the illumination sheet 160 is disposed at an
brightness that can be controlled according to strength of a
current, and may be individually controlled to have a bright
ness that changes in turn along an ambient direction in the
order of time. In FIGS. 7A to 7D, the darker solid lines With
a greater thickness compared to the other illumination pat
terns 162 indicate illumination patterns With the highest
inner side of the second region 152, and is con?gured to
display an illumination pattern at the touch keypad part 114.
In addition, the shielding pattern 155 is formed at edges of the
touch sheet 150, and minimiZes an external in?uence,
namely, an in?uence of electromagnetic Waves generated
from electronic components on signals of the conductive
brightness.
[0066] Further, the illumination patterns 162 may be con
?gured such that the ?rst to fourth illumination patterns 16211
to 162d are in the state of being brightest in turn over time. For
example, as shoWn in FIG. 7A, When a touch is input to the
formed at the outer side of the touch sheet 150 While the
shielding pattern 155 may be formed at the inner side of the
touch key parts 154 of the touch sheet 150, the ?rst illumina
tion pattern 16211 is controlled to be the brightest, and When
time passes by, and as shoWn in FIG. 7B, the ?rst illumination
pattern 162a becomes dark While the second illumination
pattern 162 is controlled to be the brightest.
[0067] Similarly, as shoWn in FIG. 7C, as time passes by,
the third illumination pattern 1 620 becomes the brightest, and
then, as shoWn in 7D, after the fourth illumination pattern
162d becomes the brightest, the illuminations of the ?rst to
fourth illumination patterns 16211 to 162d are stopped. There
fore, When the user inputs a touch to the touch keypad part
114, the illumination patterns 162 of the corresponding touch
keypad part 114 are illuminated, and at this time, visual
effects are implemented such that light is diffused in a ring
touch sheet 150. In addition, the conductive patterns 156 and
shape along the ambient direction.
158 may be formed on the same surface on Which the data line
[0068] In addition, the illumination patterns 162 may be
individually controlled to be brightest starting from the fourth
pattern (e.g., signals transferred via the data line 153).
[0060] Further, the shielding pattern 155 may be formed by
depositing a conductive material, e. g., a metallic material, on
the touch sheet 150. The shielding pattern 155 is also formed
at a position corresponding to the data line 153, and is formed
at an opposite side of the surface on Which the data line 153 is
positioned. In the present exemplary embodiment, the data
line 153 is formed at an inner side of the touch sheet 150, and
the shielding pattern 155 is formed at an outer side of the
touch sheet 150.
[0061]
HoWever, conversely, the data line 153 may be
153 is positioned. Further, a ground 161 is formed at the
illumination sheet 160, and the shielding pattern 155 is elec
trically short-circuited With the ground 161.
[0062] In addition, the ground 161 of the illumination sheet
160 and the shielding pattern 155 can be connected in various
manners, for example, by a cable or through contact point
illumination pattern 162d to the ?rst illumination pattern
16211 in turn, Whereby light in the ring form can be diffused
along the inWard direction over time. Further, in the above
embodiments, four illumination patterns 16211 to 162d are
sequentially arranged, but the number of illumination pat
connection. Therefore, by electrically short-circuiting the
terns may vary as necessary.
shielding pattern 155 and the ground 161 of the illumination
sheet 160, an in?uence of a voltage generated from the illu
[0069] Next, FIGS. 8A to 8C are plan vieWs of the mobile
terminal used to explain operations of the mobile terminal
mination sheet 160 on an operation of the touch sheet 150 can
according to an embodiment of the present invention. As
be minimiZed.
[0063] FIGS. 7A to 7D are front vieWs of illumination
sheets in FIG. 3, in Which the operations of the illumination
sheet 160 When the touch keypad part 114 is touched are
shoWn in the order of time. As shoWn, the illumination sheet
160 includes illumination patterns 162 individualized to
shoWn in FIG. 8A, the touch screen part 130 includes a menu
or an icon 1130 for operating various functions of the mobile
terminal 100. Here, When the user touches the part of the
menu or the icon 1130 (e.g., a text message), the correspond
separately illuminate the touch key parts 154 When the touch
keypad part 114 is touched. Further, the illumination pattern
includes a list 113d that can be selected, and a cursor or a
ing function is performed.
[0070]
As shoWn in FIG. 8B, the touch screen part 113 also
pointer 113e positioned on the list 113d. Here, the touch
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keypad part 114 may be implemented in the form of a direc
tion key that can move the cursor or the pointer positioned on
the list 113d. In this instance, When the touch keypad part 114
is touched, the illuminationpattem of the illumination sheet is
displayed on the touch keypad part 114 to alloW the user to
ence, namely, an in?uence of electromagnetic Waves gener
ated from the electronic components on signals transferred
through the data line 2532. In addition, as shoWn in FIG. 9,
electric ?eld generating portions P1 to P4 for generating an
electric ?eld at the conductive layer 264 are disposed at edges
recognize the touch keypad part 114 has been touched.
[0071] Further, in FIG. 8B, the list 113d is a phone book list,
and in this instance, by touching the region corresponding to
the touch key part 154 positioned at the loWer portion (FIG. 4
illustrates the touch key part 154), the cursor or the pointer
1130 may be moved doWnWardly, and then, by pressing the
center key 118 positioned at the central region, information
of the conductive layer 264. The electric ?eld generating parts
P1 to P4 may also be disposed at portions corresponding to
vertexes of the rectangular ?rst region 251 and electrically
connected With the data line 253.
[0078] Further, a correction pattern 259 for linearly correct
ing the electric ?eld generated at the conductive layer 264 is
(e. g., a phone number) desired to be obtained by the user can
be displayed on the touch screen part 113. Further, as shoWn
in FIG. 8B, When the user touches the loWer portion of the
betWeen the conductive layer 264 and the data line 253 . Also,
the correction pattern 259 is con?gured such that a conductive
touch key part 154 to scroll doWn the phone book list, the
illumination patterns 162 are illuminated based on the
amount of time the user touches the touch key part 154.
[0072]
As shoWn in FIG. 8C, the user may input characters,
numbers, symbols, etc., to the terminal by manipulating the
second and third manipulating units 123 and 124 and manipu
lating the touch key part 154. The user can also select a phone
number, for example, by touching the phone icon on the ?rst
manipulating unit 117. Thus, as shoWn in the embodiments in
FIGS. 8A-8C, the user can easily input and select different
options on the terminal and see that the appropriate regions
have been touched.
[0073] Further, the menu or the icons displayed in the touch
screen part 113 may be displayedWith a siZe corresponding to
the user’s ?nger or a larger siZe for the user’s convenient
touch input. In addition, the conductive pattern 156 of the
touch sheet 150 (see FIG. 4) according to embodiments of the
present invention is suitable for sensing the touch inputted to
the recognition region formed With such a siZe as described
above.
[0074] Next, FIG. 9 is a plan vieW of a touch sheet 250
according to a second embodiment of the present invention,
and. FIG. 10 is a sectional vieW of the mobile terminal With
the touch sheet in FIG. 9 mounted on a ?rst body. In addition,
in FIG. 10, the touch sheet 250 and its relevant elements are
exaggerated for illustration purposes.
[0075] As shoWn, the touch sheet 250 includes a ?rst region
251 and a second region 252 that extends from the ?rst region.
Conductive patterns 256 and 258 formed at the ?rst and
second regions 251 and 252. FIGS. 9 and 10 also illustrate a
data line 253, touch key part 254, front case 211, rear case
212, display module 235, PCB 234a, WindoW 236, etc. that
correspond With similar components shoWn in the other
above-described ?gures (except the reference numerals have
been increased by 100).
[0076]
FIG. 10 also illustrates an insulation layer 265 pro
formed at the edges of the conductive layer 264, namely,
material forms a particular pattern. Therefore, the form of
electric ?eld according to interaction betWeen the current
?oWing through the correction pattern 259 and the electric
?eld generated at the conductive layer 264 is corrected to
correspond to the rectangular shape of the ?rst region 251.
[0079] In addition, the electric ?eld generating parts P1 to
P4 generate electric ?eld above the conductive layer 264, and
FIG. 11 shoWs a schematic circuit diagram When a point (P) of
the ?rst region 251 shoWn in FIG. 9 is touched. With reference
to FIG. 11, the electric ?eld formed at the conductive layer
264 may be simply replaced by the circuit diagram having one
capacitor (C) and four resisters R1 to R4 based on the touched
point (P).
[0080] As the touched point (P) changes, the values of the
resisters R1 to R4 vary, and accordingly, the amount of charge
(C) accumulated at the touched point (P) varies. Further, the
variation value of the amount of charge (C) is measured and
compared With pre-set previously measured values. There
fore, because the mobile terminal according to the present
embodiment further includes the touch sensing method using
the conductive layer 264 and the electric ?eld generating parts
(P1 to P4) in addition to the touch sensing by virtue of the
conductive pattern 256, the precision and accuracy of the
touch sensing is improved Without affecting the thickness of
the touch sheet 250.
[0081] Next, FIG. 12 is a perspective vieW of a mobile
terminal according to another embodiment of the present
invention, and FIG. 13 is an exploded perspective vieW of the
mobile terminal in FIG. 12. Reference numerals shoWn in
FIG. 12 are similar to the reference numerals shoWn in FIG. 1,
but are increased by 200 from the reference numerals shoWn
in FIG. 1.
[0082] As shoWn in FIG. 12, the mobile terminal includes a
?rst region 313a and a second region 314a formed on a front
surface of a ?rst body 310. A touch screen part 313 and a
touch keypad part 314 are disposed on the ?rst and second
regions 313a and 31411, respectively. Further, a WindoW 336
vided on an inner surface of the conductive pattern 256
made of a transmissive material is mounted on a front side of
formed at the touch sheet 250, and a conductive layer 264
formed on an inner surface of the insulation layer 265 by
the ?rst region 313a, and a touch sheet 350 for sensing a touch
vacuum-depositing (e.g., sputtering) a transparent conductive
material. As shoWn, the conductive layer 264 formed at the
?rst region 251, and the data line 253 is disposed on edges of
the conductive layer 264 and electrically connected With the
conductive layer 264. Here, the data line 253 surrounds the
edges of the ?rst and second regions 251 and 252 and may be
also electrically connected With the conductive patterns 256
and 258 of the ?rst and second regions 251 and 252.
[0077] Further, a shielding pattern 255 is formed at edges of
the touch sheet 250 in order to minimize an external in?u
is mounted at an inner side of the WindoW 336. Thus, When a
touch is input to the WindoW 336, the touch sheet 350 senses
the touch and transfers a touch signal to the interior of the
terminal body.
[0083]
In addition, the conductive patterns formed on the
touch sheet 350 (see FIG. 13) to sense a touch can be formed
in the same or similar manner as for the conductive patterns
156 and 256 in the former embodiments. In addition, in the
present exemplary embodiment, the insulating layer and the
electric ?eld generating parts P1 to P4 may be disposed on the
touch sheet 350 in a similar manner as in FIGS. 9 and 10.
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[0084] Further, in FIG. 13, a touch panel 319 is mounted on
the front face of the second region 314a, and is formed in a
plate shape. In addition, touch sensors 31911 that sense a touch
frames are converted into image data that can be displayed or
output on the touch screen part 113.
are mounted at an inner side of the touch panel 319. The touch
input units 116 and 128 may be stored in the memory 174 or
sensors 31911 are separately mounted at appropriate positions
on a PCB 336. Thus, When a region corresponding to the
transmitted externally through the Wireless communication
touch sensors 31911 of the touch panel is touched, the touch
sensors 319a sense the touch and transfer a touch signal to the
PCB 336.
[0085] Further, a through hole 31811 is formed at a central
portion of the touch panel 319, and a center key 318 that can
be pressed is mounted in the through hole 31811. A switch
318!) that inputs information according to a pressing opera
tion of the center key 318 is also mounted at an inner side of
the center key 318. In addition, an illumination sheet 360 that
displays an illumination pattern on the touch panel 319 is
mounted at an inner side of the touch panel 319, and the
[0092] Further, the image frames processed by the image
module 171 under the control of the controller 170. The audio
input unit 125 receives external audio signals via a micro
phone in a phone call mode, a recording mode or a voice
recognition mode, etc., and processes the received audio sig
nals into electrical voice data.
[0093]
In addition, in the phone call mode, the processed
voice data is converted into a form that can be transmitted to
the netWork (e.g., mobile communicationbase station) via the
Wireless communication module 171. In the recording mode,
the processed voice data is output and stored in the memory
174. Further, the audio input unit 125 may include various
types of noise canceling or suppression algorithms to cancel
con?guration and operation of the illumination sheet 360 is
or suppress noise generated in the course of receiving and
the same as that in the former embodiments, so its description
Will be omitted. Other reference numerals shoWn in FIG. 13
that have not been described correspond to similar reference
numerals shoWn in FIG. 3
transmitting audio signals.
[0086]
Further, the above embodiments describe a slide
[0094] Also, the touch screen part 113 outputs information
processed in the mobile terminal. For example, When the
mobile terminal 100 is in the phone call mode, the touch
screenpart 113 may display a User Interface (UI) or a Graphic
type mobile terminal, but the present invention is applicable
User Interface (GUI) associated With a call or other commu
to all types of mobile terminals such as a bar type mobile
nication mode under the control of the controller 170. When
the mobile terminal 100 is in the video call mode or the image
capturing mode, the touch screen part 113 may display a
terminal, a folder type mobile terminal, a sWing type mobile
terminal, a sWivel type mobile terminal, and the like.
[0087] Next, FIG. 14 is a schematic block diagram of a
mobile terminal according to an embodiment of the present
invention. In the folloWing description, the mobile terminal
100 in FIG. 1 Will be explained, but it can be also applicable
to the mobile terminal 300 shoWn in FIG. 12.
[0088] As shoWn in FIG. 14, the mobile terminal includes a
Wireless communication module 171, the manipulation units
117, 123 and 124, the image input units 116 and 128, the
audio input unit 125, the touch screen part 113, the touch
keypadpart 114, the audio output unit 115, a sensing unit 176,
the interface 126, a broadcast receiving module 175, a
memory 174, a poWer supply unit 130, and a controller 170.
[0089] The controller 170 controls the overall operations of
the mobile terminal. For example, the controller 180 performs
the controlling and processing associated With voice calls,
data communications, video calls, and the like. The controller
170 also receives a touch signal inputted to the touch screen
part 113 and the touch keypad part 114 and controls other
electronic components to operate relevant operations of the
mobile terminal.
[0090] In addition, the Wireless communication module
171 transmits/receives radio signals to/from a netWork (e.g.,
mobile communication base station) via an antenna. Further,
the Wireless communication module 171 includes a transmit
ting unit 172 that handles the transmission and reception of
audio data, text data, image data and control data, modulates
transmission signals and transmits the modulated signal, and
a receiving unit 173 that demodulates received signals under
the control of the controller 170.
[0091] The manipulation units 117, 123 and 124 are con
?gured as shoWn in the above-described embodiments and
provide key input data input by the user to control operations
captured image and/or received image, a UI, a GUI, and the
like, under the control of the controller 170.
[0095] Further, the touch screen part 113 may be used as an
input device that inputs information in a tactile manner. The
audio output unit 115 converts audio data received from the
Wireless communication module 171 or stored in the memory
174 and outputs the converted data in a call signal reception
mode, a phone call mode, a recording mode, a voice recog
nition mode, and the like, under the control of the controller
17 0.
[0096]
Also, the audio output module 115 provides audible
outputs related to a particular function (e.g., a call signal
reception sound, a message reception sound, etc.) performed
by the mobile terminal. In addition, the sensing unit 176
detects a current status (or state) of the mobile terminal 100
such as an open/close state of the mobile terminal 100, a
location of the mobile terminal 100, presence or absence of
user contact With the mobile terminal, etc., and generates a
sense or control signal for controlling the operation of the
mobile terminal.
[0097] For example, When the mobile terminal is a slide
type mobile phone, the sensing unit 176 senses Whether the
slide phone is opened or closed and outputs the sensing result
to the controller 170 to thereby control the operations of the
terminal 100. In addition, the sensing unit 176 can detect
Whether or not the poWer supply unit 130 supplies poWer to
the terminal and Whether or not the external interface 126 is
coupled With an external device.
[0098] Additionally, When a touch is input to the touch
screen part 113 or the touch key pad part 114, the sensing unit
176 senses the touch and applies a touch signal to the con
troller 170. When a touch is input to the conductive patterns
of the terminal to the controller 170. The image input units
(156 and 158 in FIG. 4) of the touch sheet 150, the sensing
116 and 128 process image frames such as still images or
video acquired by an image sensor or the like in a video call
unit 176 senses a change in an amount of charge generated
from the conductive patterns 156 and 158 and transfers the
mode or an image capturing mode. The processed image
same to the controller 170.
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[0099] Further, When the user touches the menu or the icon
(e. g., the icon 1130 in FIG. 8A displayed on the touch screen
part 113), the sensing unit 176 senses the touch and applies a
corresponding signal to the controller 170. Then, the control
ler 170 operates a corresponding function of the menu or the
icon 1130. In addition, When the user touches the touch key
pad part 114, the sensing unit 176 senses the user’s touch and
applies a signal to the controller 170.
[0100] When the touch keypad part 114 is implemented as
a direction key, the controller 170 applies a signal for moving
the cursor 113e in the list (e.g., the list 113d in FIG. 8B)
displayed on the touch screen part 113, and at the same time,
applies a signal for illuminating the illumination patterns 162
in FIGS. 7A to 7dD to the illumination sheet 160. As dis
cussed above, the controller 170 individually controls the
illumination patterns 16211 to 162d such that brightness of the
illumination patterns 16211 to 162d in the concentric circles
changes in the order of time.
[0101] In addition, the interface 126 serves as an interface
for at least one external device connected With the mobile
terminal. For example, the external device may include a
Wired/Wireless headset, an external poWer charger, a Wired/
parts alloWs the user to effectively recogniZe a touch input,
and because the illumination patterns in the concentric circles
are individually controlled such that their brightness changes
in the order of time, the user can easily see the operations of
the touch parts.
[0107] Third, because the conductive pattern of the touch
sheet is formed as a single layer, the touch sheet may be
formed to be thinner and have an improved light transmit
tance. Also, because a conductive material is used for the
conductive pattern, the overall material costs of the terminal
can be reduced.
[0108] Fourth, because the touch sensing method using a
single layer, the touch sensing method using the conductive
layer formed through vacuum deposition and the electric ?eld
generating unit are applied in conjunction, and the accuracy
of touch sensing is improved Without signi?cantly affecting
the thickness of the touch sheet.
[0109] Fifth, because the input method uses the touch
screen and the touch pad, a more convenient user interface is
provided.
[0110]
As the exemplary embodiments may be imple
Wireless data port, a card socket (e.g., for receiving a memory
mented in several forms Without departing from the charac
teristics thereof, it should also be understood that the above
card, a Subscriber Identity Module/User Identity Module
(SIM/UIM) card, etc.), and the like. The interface 126 may
also be used to receive inputs (e.g., data, information, poWer,
etc.) from an external device and transfer the received inputs
the foregoing description, unless otherWise speci?ed, but
to one or more elements Within the mobile terminal, or may be
used to transfer data from the mobile terminal to another
external device.
[0102] Further, the memory 174 stores programs or the like
used for the processing and controlling operations performed
by the controller 170, or may temporarily store inputted/
outputted data (e.g., a phonebook, messages, still images,
video, etc.). Also, the memory 174 stores a program that
controls the overall operations of the mobile terminal 100
according to embodiments of the present invention. The
memory 174 may also include at least one type of storage
medium including a hard disk type, a card-type memory (e.g.,
SD or XD memory, etc), a ?ash memory, a Random Access
Memory (RAM), a Read-Only Memory (ROM), and the like.
[0103] In addition, the broadcast receiving module 175
receives a broadcast signal transmitted through a satellite or
terrestrial service, convert the same into a broadcast data
format that can be output to the touch screen part 113 and the
audio output unit 115 and outputs the converted data to the
controller 170. Further, the broadcast receiving module 175
also receives supplementary data associated to a broadcast
(e.g., Electronic Program Guide (EPG), a channel list, etc.).
[0104] The broadcast data and supplementary data is then
converted by the broadcast receiving module 175 and may be
stored in the memory 174. In addition, the poWer supply unit
130 is provided With an internal or external poWer source and
supplies poWer used for operating the different elements of
the terminal under the control of the controller 170.
[0105] As so far described, the mobile terminal according
to embodiments of the present invention has several advan
tages. That is, ?rst, because the touch screen part and the
touch pad part are provided to the ?rst and second regions,
respectively, formed on the front surface of the terminal body,
a convenient user interface environment is provided and the
design of the mobile terminal is simpli?ed.
[0106] Second, the illumination sheet including the illumi
nation patterns for individually illuminating the touch key
described embodiments are not limited by any of the details of
rather should be construed broadly Within its scope as de?ned
in the appended claims. Therefore, various changes and
modi?cations that fall Within the scope of the claims, or
equivalents of such scope are therefore intended to be
embraced by the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a terminal body having ?rst and second regions on a front
surface thereof;
a touch screen part on the ?rst region and con?gured to
display visual information and perform an inputting
operation in a tactile manner; and
a touch pad part corresponding to the second region and
con?gured to input information corresponding to a
touch applied to a pre-set position on the second region.
2. The mobile terminal of claim 1, further comprising:
a display mounted on the ?rst region and con?gured to
display the visual information; and
a WindoW of a transmissive material mounted on the front
surface of the ?rst and second regions.
3. The mobile terminal of claim 2, Wherein the touch screen
part comprises a touch sheet attached on an inner side of the
WindoW and con?gured to sense a touch on the ?rst region.
4. The mobile terminal of claim 3, Wherein the touch sheet
comprises a ?rst conductive pattern formed in ZigZags on the
touch sheet.
5. The mobile terminal of claim 4, Wherein the ?rst con
ductive pattern is formed along a lengthWise direction of the
terminal body and has bent points at left and right sides
thereof.
6. The mobile terminal of claim 5, Wherein tWo lines adja
cent to a corresponding bent point are symmetrical based on
a horiZontal line that passes through the corresponding bent
point.
7. The mobile terminal of claim 4, Wherein the touch sheet
further comprises:
a conductive layer disposed on one face of the ?rst conduc
tive pattern;
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