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The RotoView Apps

Q: What should I expect from the RotoView apps?

A: The RotoView app is a simple proof-of-concept demonstration of the RotoView technology that was invented by INNOVENTIONS in the late 90s. The RotoView Photo Magnifier is a user friendly app that demonstrates the use of RotoView technology in a real app that provides a major improvement over the stock Photos app.  

Q: It seems that the RotoView Photo Magnifier also works on my albums like the RotoView app.  What are the differences? 

A: The RotoView Photo Magnifier can show photos at both portrait and landscape modes.  You can magnify you photo up to x30 and view great details. The RotoView app is limited to portrait mode and similar low magnification like the stock Photos app.  The RotoView Photo Magnifier does not include the ballistics and response graph design features of the RotoView app.

Q: Who are the target audiences for the RotoView apps? Why does the More section of the app seem to be so complex (numerous settings, the graph editor and the ballistics table)?

A: While the RotoView Photo Magnifier app is targeted to the general public, the RotoView app is intended for developers,
advanced end-users, product engineers and programmers.  They can (and should) use the More section to review many sophisticated features of the technology and experiment with numerous navigation profiles.

Q: What is the best way to learn all the features of the RotoView apps?

A: You starting point should be the RotoView White Paper document, and the videos accompanying the web pages describing our various apps.  A detailed 10 minutes introduction to all aspects of the RotoView technology is the RotoView Protocol video.  We have prepared several tutorials that cover many features in depth. Anyone who is carefully evaluating the technology must review these tutorials. Limited 'How to' and 'RotoView Quick Start' sections appear within the apps (tap More, Help). You can experiment freely with all settings, and if needed, reset to default setting as described in tutorial 6.2.

Q: Are you developing RotoView applications for other platforms?

A: Yes, we develop RotoView applications for the Android and Windows Mobile platforms. 

Q: What is the best way to implement RotoView in modern smartphones?

A: RotoView provides the very fundamental task of view navigation, which can be used by every display application. Therefore, it should be best deployed within the operating system of the device and provided to application developers via the scroll view encapsulation. We have been urging the smartphone manufacturers regarding the purchase or license of RotoView technology and add it to their OS. However, if you are a developer, you may license the RotoView API and add it to your own application.

Q: What keeps the display from unwanted changes when I just move the device? How does the user switch between Fixed and Navigation modes?

A: RotoView employs two main modes, Fixed mode and Navigation mode. Fixed mode is the default, so you can freely move the device without fearing that you inadvertently changes the display. RotoView switches from Fixed mode to Navigation mode based on a touch (or switch), hand gesture, or voice command. It returns to Fixed mode based on similar commands, and/or by combination of inactivity detection and fixed exit timer.

Q: What happens if a user's hand bumps into an obstacle while navigating the display?

A: RotoView employs a ballistic trail of the navigation path during navigation mode. Any abrupt movement, like the one registered when the user's hand bumps into an obstacle, can be detected. The view is automatically returned to its trail's state just prior to the bump.

Q: Does a hand gesture to exit Navigation mode inadvertently change the final view contents?

A: An exit command by hand gesture will initially affect the view, since it comprises changes in orientation. However, using the RotoView ballistic trail discussed above, the view is returned to its trail's state just prior to the hand gesture once an exit command is identified.

Q: Is the RotoView PC-Based Evaluation and Development System still available for purchase?

A: Yes, it is available for purchase. However, please note that this is an older system still designed with external sensor board. We've sold these systems since 2003, many years before the emergence of the smartphones. Most of its functionality is duplicated in the new smartphone applications.

Q: Are you planning to license or sell the RotoView patent portfolio?

A: Although INNOVENTIONS is an R&D and manufacturing company, we are too small to manufacture smart hand-held media devices in high volume. Therefore, we are looking for strategic partners who may license or even purchase the RotoView technology and IP. RotoView is clearly an idea whose time has come and we are continue to refine develop the technology. offering an affordable licensing agreement to every small and large company that wishes to legally use our invention in their products.

Q: Most smartphones already have gyroscopes and accelerometers built in. Why are your patents valuable?

A: It is very easy to lose perspective of the sequence of events when judging an invention! INNOVENTIONS invented the RotoView technology during the late 90s, many years before the emergence of the accelerometers or gyroscopes in smartphones. In fact, we have been contacting most of the major manufacturers for many years in order to demonstrate the benefits of our technology and convince them to incorporate a tilt sensor into their platform. It is no surprise that the technology now seems to be materializing everywhere. Currently, most devices use the accelerometers for auto detection of "portrait" or "landscape" modes, which is not covered by the RotoView patents. Use of the accelerometer to navigate the display in all direction will typically be covered by the RotoView patents. It is interesting to note that as of August 2013, our US6,466,198 and US6,933,923 patents have been cited as prior art in 224 separate US patents.

Q: What is the special importance of your European patents?

A: Obtaining a patent in Europe requires a complete examination and approval process by the European Patent Office. This process is completely independent of the US Patent Office examination process. Therefore, in addition to a significant commercial protection in the UK, Germany, France and Italy, our European patent provides additional independent approval for the RotoView invention.

Q: Are you offering any design help for your licensees?

A: It is quite possible to implement RotoView in your application based upon the information contained in our patents and on this web site. Therefore, licensees do not need to purchase our design services in addition to the license fees. However, INNOVENTIONS has accumulated considerable know-how regarding many real-world user interface issues related to tilt-based view navigation. Therefore, we do offer fee-based design assistance to any of our licensees who wish it. Please contact us for more details.

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"Some ideas are so simple, when you first hear of them you think, 'Now why didn't I think of that?' RotoView is one such invention."
Brighthand.com, August 2003

"Here's a technology that could put a new spin on moving and shaking... Don't be surprised if you see people waving their PDAs around."
PC Magazine, September 2003

"Everyone is on the move. And a Houston, Texas-based firm believes it has the tilt-to-navigate technology that manufacturers need to enable products for the PDA and smart phone market. They’ve actually had the technology for some time – but the market and the pricing are finally coming together to make a better business case for their tilt-to-navigate technology."
The Motion Applications Report, October 11, 2007