Multifunctional avionic display
The present invention provides a screen as defined in claim 1. The screen may include the features of any one or more of dependent claims 2 to 4.
The present invention also provides a method as defined in claim 5. The method may include the features of claim 6.
The above-mentioned problems of current systems are addressed by embodiments of the present invention and will be understood by reading and studying the following specification.
In one embodiment, a display screen for displaying multiple sets of information is provided. The display screen includes at least one region of a select color designated to convey a first set of information and a plurality of adjustable areas designated to convey a second set of information. The plurality of adjustable areas overlay at least a portion of the at least one region of select color of the first set of information. Moreover, each adjustable area is defined by an outline and a color encased in the outline.
In another embodiment, an aviation display screen is provided. The display screen includes an area location fill, terrain region alerts and a plurality of adjustably patterned weather areas. The area location fill is adapted to indicate non-threatening terrain at a location. The terrain region alerts are adapted to indicate threatening terrain. The plurality of adjustably patterned weather areas overlay at least a portion of the area location fill and the terrain region alerts. Moreover, each patterned weather area has a visibly distinct defining border or outline. The size of each adjustable patterned area is adjustable to allow a desired visibility level of the area location fill and the terrain region alerts.
In still another embodiment, a method of displaying different sets of information on the same display screen at the same time is provided. The method comprises, displaying a first set of information with at least one color region that covers a portion of a display and displaying a second set of information with a plurality of adjustably sized areas of select colors. Each adjustably sized area is defined by a visually distinct border such that second set of information is easily discernable from the first set of information when they both occupy the same region of the display even if the first set of information and the second set of information are conveyed with the use of the same color palettes.
In still further another embodiment, a method of displaying terrain and weather information on the same display screen simultaneously is provided. The method includes displaying one or more terrain region alerts with one or more colors. Each color represents a level of hazard with an associated terrain. Overlaying the one or more terrain region alerts with a plurality of adjustable patterned weather areas. Each weather area has a color indicative of the intensity of the weather it is associated with and a visibly distinct border.
In yet another embodiment; a computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions for performing a method is provided. The method includes displaying one or more terrain region alerts over a given location with one or more regions of colors on a display screen, wherein different colors indicate different levels of concern of the terrain regions. Displaying a plurality of patterned weather areas overlaying at least a portion of the terrain region alerts, wherein each patterned weather area includes a color indicative of the intensity of the weather at a location it represents and a border that is visibly distinct.
In finally another embodiment, a display to display multiple sets of information simultaneously is provided. The display includes a means for displaying a first set of information in regions of select colors, a means for displaying a second set of data in the form of a plurality of patterned areas of select colors overlaying at least a portion of the first set of information and a means for adjusting the size of the plurality of pattered areas to provide a desired viewable amount of the first set of information. Each color of the regions of select colors represents a category of the first set of information. Each patterned area is defined by a visibly distinct outline and each color of the patterned area represents a category of the second set of information.