Patents Examined by Benjamin C. Lee
  • Patent number: 10198990
    Abstract: A device and method for temperature detection, a device and method for compensating for temperature of display panel, and a display device are disclosed. The device for temperature detection includes: a first inverter, inverting a voltage signal at an input terminal thereof to output an inverted signal; a delay assembly, delaying the inverted signal and outputting a delayed inverted signal as an output signal; a switching transistor, applying a first voltage signal to the input terminal of the first inverter from a first voltage signal terminal based on the output signal; a first capacitor, including a first terminal coupled to a first electrode of the switching transistor and a second terminal coupled to the input terminal of the first inverter; and a temperature sensing transistor, configured so that a channel current of the temperature sensing transistor is proportional to a temperature at the sub-threshold bias voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Zhenxiao Tong
  • Patent number: 10186187
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Display driver circuitry may load data into the pixels via data lines that extend along the columns. The display driver circuitry may include gate driver circuitry that supplies horizontal control signals to rows of the pixels. The horizontal control signals may include emission enable signals for controlling emission enable transistors and scan signals for controlling switching transistors. During an emission phase of operation for the display, the emission enable signal may be pulse-width modulated by the emission control gate driver circuits in the gate driver circuitry to control the output of the light-emitting diodes. The emission control gate driver circuits may be controlled using an emission start signal and a pair of two-phase clocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tsung-Ting Tsai, Chin-Wei Lin, Shih Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 10170535
    Abstract: An active-matrix touchscreen includes a substrate, a system controller, and a plurality of spatially separated independent touch elements disposed on the substrate. Each touch element includes a touch sensor and a touch controller circuit that provides one or more sensor-control signals to the touch sensor and receives a sense signal responsive to the sensor-control signals from the touch sensor. Each touch sensor operates independently of any other touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: X-Celeprint Limited
    Inventor: Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 10163385
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels controlled by display driver circuitry. Gate driver circuitry supplies gate line signals to rows of the pixels. The gate driver circuitry may include gate driver integrated circuits. Each gate driver integrated circuit may have a shift register that supplies the gate line signals to the rows of pixels. The display driver circuitry supplies a clock signal to the gate driver integrated circuits. Each gate driver integrated circuit may have one or more clock trees that are selectively enable and disabled. Each gate driver integrated circuit may have a controller and a buffer that is controlled by a control signal from the controller. The buffer may be adjusted to supply or to not supply the clock signal to an associated clock tree in that gate driver integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fenghua Zheng, Christopher P. Tann, David S. Zalatimo, James E. C. Brown, Sandro H. Pintz
  • Patent number: 10162416
    Abstract: A system is provided that dynamically converts an input signal into a haptic signal. The system generates effect objects, where an effect object includes an instruction to perform a haptic conversion algorithm on the input signal to convert the input signal into an output signal, and where an order of the effect objects is defined. The system further receives the input signal. The system further applies the effect objects to the input signal in the defined order, where the output signal of an effect object forms the haptic signal. The system further sends the haptic signal to a haptic output device, where the haptic signal causes the haptic output device to output haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Satvir Singh Bhatia, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Loc Tien Phan
  • Patent number: 10146341
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a sensor configured to sense an input of a touch pen and output a signal corresponding to the input of the touch pen, a display configured to include a first layer and a second layer, display a graphical object in the first layer, and display a handwriting image based on the input of the touch pen in the second layer, and a controller configured to control the display to change a display direction of the graphical object displayed in the first layer based on the signal output from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Da-hye Park, Pil-seung Yang, Seol-hye Won, Jin-young Lee
  • Patent number: 10133355
    Abstract: Projected input and output devices adapt to a desktop environment by sensing objects at the desktop environment and altering projected light in response to the sensed objects. For instance, projection of input and output devices is altered to limit illumination against and end user's hands or other objects disposed at a projection surface. End user hand positions and motions are detected to provide gesture support for adapting a projection work space, and configurations of projected devices are stored so that an end user can rapidly recreate a projected desktop. A projector scan adjusts to limit traces across inactive portions of the display surface and to increase traces at predetermined areas, such as video windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Abu Shaher Sanaullah, Erin K. Walline, Karthikeyan Krishnakumar, Mark R. Ligameri, Rocco Ancona, Michiel Sebastiaan Emanuel Petrus Knoppert, Christophe Daguet
  • Patent number: 10126856
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus recognizes a touch operation input using a pointer, and the information processing apparatus includes a touch position acquisition unit configured to acquire a touch position in contact with the pointer on a target surface, a leading end position identifying unit configured to identify a position in proximity to a leading end part of the pointer on the target surface, an input position identifying unit configured to identify an input position, based on the touch position acquired by the touch position acquisition unit, and the position identified by the leading end position identifying unit as being corresponding to the leading end part of the pointer, and a recognition unit configured to recognize the touch operation, based on one or more input positions identified by the input position identifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Takumi Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 10120494
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a touch panel, a touch point detection method and a display device. The touch panel includes a base substrate, and touch electrodes arranged on the base substrate. The touch electrodes include first electrodes, second electrodes and third electrodes, and electrode lines are shared by a plurality of corresponding touch electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Xiangxiang Zou
  • Patent number: 10108276
    Abstract: A mouse device includes a mouse casing, a first sensing module, a second sensing module and a switching module. The mouse casing includes a casing opening. Both of the first sensing module and the second sensing module are disposed on the switching module. Moreover, a part of the first sensing module and a part of the second sensing module are selectively exposed outside the casing opening. When the first sensing module or the second sensing module exposed outside the casing opening is rotated by the user, a switching body of the switching module is correspondingly rotated relative to the mouse casing. Consequently, a moving resolution of the mouse device is adjustable according to the practical requirements. The switching module has a simple mechanism for changing the moving resolution of the mouse device in a simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Shi-Jie Zhang, Chih-Feng Chien, A-Ming Chang, Ying-Che Tseng
  • Patent number: 10078384
    Abstract: A haptic effect enabled device for producing a haptic effect. In some cases, the haptic effect may represent a component of a spatial pattern represented on a surface of the haptic effect enabled device. In some cases, the haptic effect enabled device may comprise a haptic output device, a drive module, and a drive circuit. The drive module may receive information indicative of a location of a touch input at the surface and determine whether the touch input's location corresponds with a location of one of multiple components of the spatial pattern. The drive module may generate a drive signal that the drive circuit then applies to the haptic output device to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10067535
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a housing. The display may have an array of display pixels that provide image light to a user. The array of display pixels may form an active display structure with a rectangular shape. The rectangular active display structure may be surrounded by an inactive border region. Optical structures such as upper structures formed from a sheet of glass and lower optical structures that lie beneath the sheet of glass may be configured to bend light from the display pixels along the periphery of the active display structure. The upper optical structures may have an area that is larger than the area of the active display structure, so that the presence of the optical structures may serve to enlarge the apparent size of the display. The lower and upper optical structures may have curved surfaces for bending the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Tseng-Mau Yang, Dale N. Memering
  • Patent number: 10067572
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device with a keyboard, thumbwheel, display and associated software is optimized for use of the device with the thumbs. The associated software has a plurality of features to optimize efficient use of the limited keyboard space and encourage the use of the device by thumb-based data entry through the thumbwheel and/or through a combination of minimal number of keystrokes. Software features include international character scrolling, and auto-capitalization. The keys on the device keyboard are optimally shaped and configured for thumb-based input. In addition, the thumbwheel is inclined between the front and a side edge of the device so as to be reachable by either the thumb or index finger of the user's hand at the side edge of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, John A. Holmes, Mihal Lazaridis, Herb A. Little, Harry R. Major, Craig Dunk, Michael Brown, Jérôme Lang
  • Patent number: 10067598
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus repeatedly detects a touch position to be input to an input surface and causes movement reflecting a change of the touch position detected on an image displayed on a display. The information processing apparatus does not reflect the change of the touch position to be detected during a time period during which a predetermined condition is satisfied after the touch position detected rests for a predetermined time period or longer on the image displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Keiichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10067566
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to: receive a first haptic effect signal, the first haptic effect signal based at least in part on a haptic event and adapted to cause a first haptic effect to be output by a first haptic output device to a first user, determine a second haptic effect based at least in part on the first haptic effect and a characteristic independent of the haptic event, generate a second haptic effect signal based at least in part on the second haptic effect, and transmit the second haptic signal to a second haptic output device. In the illustrative system, the second haptic output device is in communication with the processor, and the second haptic output device is configured to receive the second haptic effect signal and output the second haptic effect to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yiting Wang, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10068519
    Abstract: The present invention incorporates unique methods and components for data entry and typing using the components including an ergonomic keyboard with substantially and uniformly low-profile key elevation in combination with built-in germicidal, non-germicidal light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser lights to disinfect and illuminate surface of the lowly situated key caps and adjacent affected surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Hau Pham
  • Patent number: 10061430
    Abstract: A processing system for multiple input object force estimation includes sensor circuitry and processing circuitry. The sensor circuitry is configured to acquire measurements of a sensing region using sensor electrodes. The processing circuitry is connected to the sensor circuitry. The processing system is configured to obtain a delta image of the sensing region using the measurements, identify locations of the input objects in the sensing region using the delta image, and determine a force estimate for each input object using the delta image, a bending response model, and the plurality of locations. The processing system is further configured to perform an action based on the force estimate of each input object of the plurality of input objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael White, Michael Comstock
  • Patent number: 10061387
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer program product are provided for generating a projected user interface. The apparatus may include at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code. The at least one memory and the computer program code may be configured, with the processor, to cause the apparatus to receive information regarding a detected position of the user's body and to determine whether the detected position is an activation position, in which case the projection of a user interface may be provided. The user interface may be projected on an area on the user's body, such as a hand or a forearm, or on the surface of an object. The activation position may thus be a predefined position of the user's body in which effective projection of the user interface onto the surface and user interaction with the user interface is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron Toney, Sean White, Kenneth McClure
  • Patent number: 10062352
    Abstract: A display comprises a plurality of autonomous pixels on a substrate. Each autonomous pixel comprises a display element, a sensing element and a control element. The sensing element is arranged to detect an external stimulus and the control element is arranged to generate, entirely within the autonomous pixel, a control signal to drive the display element based, at least in part, on a magnitude of the external stimulus detected by the sensing element. Additionally, the control element comprises one or more groups of transistors, each group comprising two or more transistors arranged to perform the same function and connected in parallel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Hodges, Nicholas Yen-Cherng Chen, David Sweeney, Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl
  • Patent number: 10055064
    Abstract: Embodiments include an electronic input system, which has a wearable input device having an accelerometer and circuitry configured for an operation detection mechanism and an input communication mechanism. The operation detection mechanism acquires acceleration data from the accelerometer to detect an input event. The electronic input system also has a first electronic device having circuitry for a first communication mechanism, a first event analyzer, a screen display, and a first data communication mechanism. The electronic input system also has a second electronic device having circuitry configured for a second communication mechanism, a second event analyzer, a second data communication mechanism, a screen combining mechanism, and a screen display. Embodiments also include a method of communicating an event between an input device and one or more electronic portable devices, such as the first electronic device and the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Tokutake