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
Q: It seems that the
RotoView Photo Magnifier also works on my albums
like the RotoView app. What are the
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
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
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
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
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
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
and Development System still available for
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
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
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.