US 9,811,349 B2
Displaying operations performed by multiple users
Osamu Ooba, Tokyo (JP)
Assigned to Sony Corporation, Tokyo (JP)
Filed by Osamu Ooba, Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Sep. 20, 2010, as Appl. No. 12/885,632.
Claims priority of application No. 2009-222392 (JP), filed on Sep. 28, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2011/0078573 A1, Mar. 31, 2011
Int. Cl. G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06F 9/44 (2006.01); H04L 27/32 (2006.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 9/4443 (2013.01) [G06F 3/01 (2013.01); G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06F 2209/544 (2013.01); G06F 2209/545 (2013.01); H04L 27/32 (2013.01); H04L 29/06421 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one computer-readable recording medium having encoded thereon executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to carry out a method comprising:
displaying, in a first shared region of a screen that is shared by a plurality of users interacting with a shared application via a plurality of terminal apparatuses connected to a network, at least one first operation result of at least one first operation performed by one or more of the plurality of users interacting with the shared application;
displaying on the screen, for each user of the plurality of users, an identification object related to the user;
in response to a first user selecting an identification object related to a second user and providing input delimiting a first delimited region, that is a portion of the first shared region, to be set as a second shared region that is shared by the first user and the second user, setting the first delimited region as the second shared region that is shared by the first user and the second user; and
in response to the first user or the second user performing a second operation with respect to the second shared region, controlling display of a second operation result reflecting the second operation to the plurality of users such that the operation result is not shown to any user of the plurality of users other than the first user and the second user,
wherein setting the first delimited region as the second shared region in response to the first user selecting the identification object related to the second user and providing input delimiting the first delimited region of the first shared region comprises setting the first delimited region as the second shared region in response to the first user performing a drag-and-drop operation in the first shared region, wherein the drag-and-drop operation comprises:
detecting the first user clicking on the identification object related to the second user to select the identification object related to the second user;
while the identification object related to the second user is selected, detecting the first user dragging the identification object related to the second user to a position in the first shared region, wherein the position in the first shared region forms at least a portion of the boundary of the second shared region; and
releasing the identification object.