Patents Assigned to Logitech, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9996069
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for programming a universal control system includes generating a list of devices associated with a network; based on configuration data and statistical data associated with a first set of devices included in the list of devices, generating programming for a first activity to be performed via the network, wherein first activity is associated with the first set of devices included in the list of devices, and the programming is associated with a device configuration for the first set of devices and includes commands for transmission to the first set of devices by the universal control system; and causing the programming for the first activity to be stored, wherein, when the first activity is selected, the device configuration for the first set of devices is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen James Wheeler, Xavier Caine, Amish Rajesh Babu, Matthew Jonathan Dickinson, John Craig Robert Degruchy, Prajith Puthiyedath Eringathody
  • Publication number: 20120274863
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a display to provide universal remote control functionality. A menu of options appears on a display of a display device. A user can navigate the various options to control devices that are separate from the display device. The menu may be dynamically configured according to the context in which the display device is being used. The menu may be activated using a remote control device or other device and the menu may include options for controlling one or more devices that are absent from the remote control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: LOGITECH INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Chardon, Mark Connolly, Steven Heintz, Ian Crowe, Ashish Arora, Adrien Lazzaro
  • Publication number: 20120278348
    Abstract: Systems and methods enhance content from one source with content obtained from another source. Information about content, such as content that is or will be experienced by a user, is used to identify the content from another source. The content from the other source may be content of a different type than the content being enhanced. The content from the two (or more) sources are combined and provided simultaneously. The combined content may be provided using a set of one or more electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: LOGITECH INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Chardon, Mark Connolly, Rajiv Bansal
  • Publication number: 20120274547
    Abstract: Techniques for content navigation utilize proximity sensing so that user interaction with a graphical user interface is based at least in part on both contact with a surface and contactless interaction with the surface. A representation of an object detected as being proximate to and/or in contact with a surface appears on a display, which may be separate from the surface. The representation may appear at a location of the display that is determined according to a mapping of surface locations to display locations. The representation is updated based at least in part on movement of the object relative to the surface and one or more distances of the object from the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: LOGITECH INC.
    Inventors: Eric Raeber, Jean-Michel Chardon, Frederic Vexo, Nicolas Chauvin
  • Publication number: 20110227828
    Abstract: A roller for a mouse includes a roller wheel having an outer portion formed of metal and a corrugated surface; a pivot arm configured to pivot in a first direction to contact the corrugated surface and to pivot in a second direction to move away from the corrugated surface; and user operable device configured to be translated to pivot the pivot arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicants: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Michel Blandin, Marc Bidiville, Darragh Luttrell, Denis O'Keeffe, Timothy O'Sullivan, Erik Charlton
  • Publication number: 20070251810
    Abstract: A control device for use on a working surface includes a bottom housing configured to be placed on the working surface; a top housing coupled with the bottom housing, the top housing including at least one key; an actuator disposed between the bottom housing and the top housing and coupled with the key; a switch disposed between the bottom housing and the top housing, wherein the switch is activated via application of an actuation force to the key; and an adjustment means configured to enable a user to adjust the actuation force required to activate the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Fergal Corcoran, Martin Gleeson, Christian Blandin, Denis O'Keeffe, Neil O'Connell, Kevin Forde
  • Patent number: 7131751
    Abstract: A system and method of manufacturing directed to an attachment system for use in an optical device. The attachment system mechanically couples a light source to an illumination lens using an attachment device. The attachment device can be an auto-centering device for reducing positional errors in a light beam emitted from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Pascal Eichenberger, Christian Blandin, Niall White, Baptiste Merminod, Olivier Egloff
  • Patent number: 6833862
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for constructing an inexpensive camera with vignetting correction in the camera electronic hardware. The hardware is programmable through the use of a register storing a constant value corresponding to the amount of vignetting of a particular lens used in the camera. The register value is provided to a correction circuit which implements an algorithm that corrects for the amount of vignetting of pixels depending upon the pixel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Li
  • Patent number: 6813372
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a video (including audio) processing system for transmission of a video frame across a network. The system includes a video input mechanism, a motion detection mechanism, and a web cam mechanism. The video input mechanism is configured to receive a first video frame and a second video frame. The motion detection mechanism is configured to compare the first video frame with the second video frame. It is also configured to generate a motion-detected signal if the comparison of the frames deviates from a threshold value. The web cam mechanism is configured to transmit the second video frame if it received the motion detection signal from the motion detection mechanism. The disclosure also includes a method for processing a selected video frame for transmission across a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: LOGITECH, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Standridge, Bryed L. Billerbeck, John D. Bateman
  • Patent number: 6577766
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting motion in digitized images involves the use of discrete cosine transforms. Video images are reduced in size to reduce the number of DCT blocks used in the analysis. Similarly, quantization of only portions of the DCT blocks are needed to detect motion between successive video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron D. Standridge
  • Patent number: 6437318
    Abstract: An encoder having a movable element with a first polarized filter coupled to the movable element. A second polarized filter is either stationary, or moves differently from the first polarized filter. A photo-emitter and photodetector are arranged on opposite sides of the two polarized filters. Thus, when the polarized filters are aligned in phase, a maximum amount of light will penetrate to the photodetector. However, as they become out of phase due to movement of one of the filters, the amount of light will decrease, as a function of the amount of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Egloff, Olivier Campiche
  • Patent number: 6411281
    Abstract: A cordless mouse with an upper and lower housing. The lower housing includes a hole for receiving a ball which extends through the hole in the bottom of the mouse. The upper housing is uniquely provided with a cavity for receiving a battery, with a portion of the cavity extending over the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Sasselli, Aldo Bussien, Denis O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 6300620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for eliminating in at least one light emitter and light detector in a mouse design. This is done by using two conical shaped encoder wheels positioned so that they are almost touching each other. A single light emitter then is used to shine light at the junction, so that it passes through both cones. On the opposite side is a single chip, with two photodetectors integrated on each side. The chip is positioned so that light passing through the first conical encoder impinges on the first photodetector, while light passing through the second conical encoder impinges on the second photodetector. Thus, the two photodetectors can be integrated on a single chip, saving a separate photodetector chip. In addition, only a single LED is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Nicoud, René Sommer, Marc Bidiville
  • Patent number: 6292175
    Abstract: A pointing device provides increased comfort by supporting the user's hand to avoid extreme positions of posture ranges of the various fingers and joints of the hand and wrist. The device includes an upper surface having a crown on which to rest a palmar region of the palm of the hand of a user substantially at the metacarpal-phalangeal (MP) joint of the second digit and at least a portion of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the third digit. The upper surface has a front region on which to rest the second through fourth digits. The front region extends downwardly from the crown in a forward direction. The upper surface includes a back region on which to rest the hypothenar region of the hand. The back region extends downwardly from the crown in a rearward direction, and is configured to substantially avoid contacting the carpal tunnel and to substantially avoid supporting the thenar region of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Sheehan, Cathal Loughnane
  • Patent number: 6284978
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a Universal Serial Bus hub having at least one downstream port each for connecting with a connector coupled to a cable of a downstream system peripheral device. The keyboard includes a cable receiving channel for receiving at least a portion of the cable of the downstream system peripheral device. The cable receiving channel is an open channel disposed in the bottom surface of the keyboard. The cable receiving channel has sufficient length and depth for receiving a substantial portion of the cable. The cable receiving channel includes a plurality of paths of varying lengths selectable for receiving different lengths of the cable into the channel to adjust the cable slack. The cable can be stacked to overlap in portions of the channel to increase the amount of the cable received in the channel and to reduce the cable slack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Pavillard, Sergio Lazzarotto, Keith Tritschler
  • Patent number: 6256016
    Abstract: An optical detection system and method detects movement of an optical pointing device in a data processing environment. The system works with any surface than can diffusely scatter a collimated beam from a coherent light source. Specifically, the system comprises a coherent light source and an optical sensing assembly. The optical sensing assembly comprises a plurality of photosensor arrays and a plurality of optical elements. Each photosensor array includes pixels of a particular size and shape. Each optical element has an artificially limited aperture and is associated, through optical matching, with a respective photosensor array. The coherent light source generates a collimated beam that is diffusely reflected off of the surface. The optical sensing assembly receives the diffusely reflected, or scattered, collimated beam and passes it through the artificially limited apertures of the optical elements to the associated corresponding photosensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Julien Piot, Urban G. Schnell, Philippe J. Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 6248018
    Abstract: A micro-stick in which the movement of the micro-stick is detected inductively. The micro-stick is connected to an actuator element which varies interaction between an electromagnetic element and a number of conductive coils. In one embodiment, the coils are mounted on a printed circuit board mounted beneath the micro-stick. The micro-stick is mounted on a plate having a number of pins extending through the circuit board. On the other side of the circuit board is a flexible metal sheet which is contacted by the pins, and moved away from the coils in a direction in which the micro-stick is tilted. This increased separation of the metal sheet from the coils can then be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Kehlstadt, Antoine Merminod, Marc Bidiville, René Sommer, Dénes Karaï
  • Patent number: 6225617
    Abstract: A method for generating quasi-sinusoidal signals includes illuminating an object capable of diffusely scattering light, focusing a portion of the scattered light on a multi-element sensor to form an image, and matching the image size to the size of the sensor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: René Dändliker, Marc Bidiville
  • Patent number: 6218659
    Abstract: A dual-layer optical ball for use in a cursor control pointing device. The ball is illuminated by a light source that emits light signals at, at least, a first wavelength, the ball having an inner layer surface that is capable of diffusing a light signal and an outer layer having a substantially smooth surface that surrounds the inner layer. The outer layer is substantially transparent to light at the first frequency. The inner layer diffuses the light signals at different intensities depending upon an the area of the inner surface that is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Bidiville, Eric Raeber, Javier Arreguit, Harthmuth Buczek, Floris A. Van Shaik, Francois Bauduin, Denis O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: D440972
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Logitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jen-Ming Chiang, Ting Fu Chang, Shawn D. Worsell