Patents Examined by Bipin Shalwala
  • Patent number: 8791898
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of interaction with and control of a portable media device through applied motion. In the embodiments described herein, the portable media device can include at least two displays arranged such that only one can be presented at a time. The portable media device can be configured to operate as a electronic book (e-book) having at least one electrophoretic type display having a refresh time less than an amount of time to rotate the e-book to view the refreshed display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Rottler, Michael I. Ingrassia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8760383
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a light-emitting unit, and a controller to receive a first control signal and generate a second control signal to control the light-emitting unit. The controller controls a frequency of the second control signal according to a duty cycle of the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Innolux Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Feng Yang, Cheng-I Wu, Shih-Pin Huang
  • Patent number: 8749470
    Abstract: A display device is provided with a display panel on which a plurality of display pixels are provided; a backlight illuminating the display panel; and a display panel driver driving the display panel. The display panel driver externally receiving image data and a clock signal for controlling timings of receiving the image data. The display panel driver includes a backlight controller generating a PWM-modulated drive signal to drive the backlight. The frequency of the PWM-modulated drive signal is dependent on a frequency-divided clock signal generated by frequency dividing of the clock signal externally received. The frequency-divided clock signal is generated so that the frequency of the PWM-modulated drive signal is kept constant when the frequency of the clock signal externally received is switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hirobumi Furihata, Takashi Nose
  • Patent number: 8749493
    Abstract: An input device is disclosed. The input device includes a movable touch pad capable of detecting an object in close proximity thereto so as to generate a first control signal. The input device also includes a movement indicator capable of detecting the movements of the movable touch pad so as to generate one or more distinct second control signals. The control signals being used to perform actions in an electronic device operatively coupled to the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Zadesky, Stephen Brian Lynch, Brett William Degner
  • Patent number: 8743079
    Abstract: A position information input device is provided with input positions assumed to be some positions of the surface of a conductive object, one or more signal receiving electrodes provided in other positions on the conductive object correspondingly thereto, for receiving a positioning signal inputted to each input position, and a signal input transfer module for transferring the same positioning signal specific to the input position. A signal generation/output module is provided together with the signal input transfer module, for generating the positioning signal in which a plurality of signals having different frequencies are defined as one group. The position information input device calculates path resistance values between the input position and the signal receiving electrodes from the respective values of the positioning signals received by the signal receiving electrodes and specifies the input position from the differences thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Norieda
  • Patent number: 8736573
    Abstract: Touch screen systems and method of compensating noise in same are presented. One touch screen system includes; a touch screen panel having sense channels providing a sense output corresponding to a capacitance variation associated with an applied touch input as detected by one or more sensing units connected to the sense channels. A parasitic capacitance is accumulated in the sense channels as the touch input is applied. The touch screen system also includes a touch controller receiving the sense output and including; a noise compensation block configured to generate a compensation capacitance to compensate for the parasitic capacitance and provide a compensation output, and a signal conversion unit that receives the sense output and the compensation output and generates a noise compensated sense output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: San-ho Byun, Yoon-kyung Choi
  • Patent number: 8730273
    Abstract: In an exemplary RGBW display apparatus, a plurality of four-color image output signals and a plurality of mapping scale ratios are generated according to a plurality of three-color image input signals. Furthermore, a backlight output intensity outputted from a backlight module is dynamically adjusted according to the mapping scale ratios and a white color signal adjust ratio is generated. In addition, a white color signal in each of the four-color image output signals is adjusted to be an updated white color signal according to the white color signal adjust ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hui Chu-Ke, Sheng-Wen Cheng
  • Patent number: 8730186
    Abstract: A touch sensor (touch panel) which can be formed over the same substrate as a display portion is provided. Alternatively, a touch sensor (touch panel) which does not cause degradation in the quality of an image displayed on a display portion is provided. The touch panel includes a light-emitting element and a microstructure in which a pair of electrodes facing each other is isolated with an insulating material. As the insulating material, an elastic material or a material having a hole is used so that a filler layer formed using the insulating material can be deformed when a movable portion operates. It is preferable to use a material which is softened or hardened by certain treatment (e.g., heat treatment or chemical treatment) after formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hikaru Tamura, Munehiro Kozuma
  • Patent number: 8723835
    Abstract: The present application provides a touch-sensing display panel comprising a display panel and a touch-sensing device disposed above the display panel. The touch-sensing device comprises a plurality of select lines, a plurality of readout lines and a plurality of capacitive touch-sensing units arranged in array. Each of the capacitive touch-sensing units comprises a transistor and a touch-sensing pad, each of the transistors comprises a gate electrode electrically connected to one of the select lines, a source electrode electrically connected to a reference voltage, a drain electrode electrically connected to one of the readout lines, and a channel layer electrically coupled to the touch-sensing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hao-Lin Chiu, Chun-Yao Huang, Yih-Chyun Kao, Ya-Hsiang Tai, Lu-Sheng Chou, Kuan-Da Lin
  • Patent number: 8723765
    Abstract: A stage circuit includes a progressive driver and a concurrent driver, and a scan driver includes a plurality of stage circuits that are capable of supplying a scan signal to scan lines progressively and concurrently (e.g., simultaneously).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul-Kyu Kang, Seong-Il Park
  • Patent number: 8723831
    Abstract: A portable device includes a touch screen that includes a display screen and that generates touch screen data in response to a user's interaction with the touch screen. A processor executes a security application for authenticating the user to the portable device that provides first display data to the touch screen for displaying a security prompt on the display screen. Touch screen data is received from the touch screen in response to the user's interaction with the touch screen and is processed to determine when an authentication shape is recognized as being indicated by the touch screen data. The user is authenticated to the portable device when the authentication shape is recognized as being indicated by the touch screen data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8717520
    Abstract: In a display device that provides a first observation region with a first picture and provides a second observation region with a second picture, a double image made of the first picture and the second picture is suppressed. First columns of pixels that display the first picture and second columns of pixels that display the second picture are disposed alternately with a black matrix interposed between each neighboring pair of them. A light-shielding plate having light-shielding portions and openings is disposed above the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display West Inc.
    Inventor: Goro Hamagishi
  • Patent number: 8711108
    Abstract: A substantially transparent touch sensor panel having co-planar single-layer touch sensors and traces fabricated on a single side of a substrate for detecting single or multi-touch events. The touch sensor elements can be fabricated in columns and rows, with each sensor element in a row adjacent to a sensor element in a column. By using a board as the dielectric to connect traces from multiple sensor elements in each row, rather than using a dielectric layer on the substrate upon which the sensor elements and traces are formed, the sensor elements and traces on the substrate can be formed by simply patterning a single layer of conductive material on the substrate, which can simplify the manufacturing process of the substrate from a complexity and cost perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Paul Grunthaner, Steven Porter Hotelling
  • Patent number: 8711136
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voltage transfer function, a luminance transfer function, and a transfer factors (for example, efficiency, critical point, and slope) between these two functions, derives the correlation (based on the condition change in all cases) between an input grayscale voltage and output luminance, and calibrates the input grayscale voltage by a difference between measurement luminance and target luminance using the transfer functions. Therefore, the present invention can respond to change in conditions for all cases, and increase the accuracy, easiness, and generalization of calibration compared to the existing calibration scheme that relies on the lookup table by checking the actual measurement data and readjusting the transfer factors in each calibration stage. Moreover, the present invention can further increase the manufacturing yield by an average of 35% than the existing yield, significantly saving the manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Jaeyeol Park
  • Patent number: 8698856
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a method, device and/or system for spoke recovery, including by receiving input pixel data comprising a plurality of input sub-pixel data components representing respective sub-pixel colors, adjusting input sub-pixel data components based on a value of the sub-pixel data component and at least a value of a second input sub-pixel data component in the input pixel data, thereby to produce modified pixel data, and controlling a spatial light modulator based on the modified pixel data, thereby producing a color image based on said modified pixel data. A system and device are disclosed to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shmuel Roth, Moshe Ben-Chorin
  • Patent number: 8692777
    Abstract: The testing of a multi-touch sensor panel for opens and shorts on its drive and sense lines is disclosed by placing a substantially ungrounded conductor diagonally over the touch sensor panel so that at least a portion of every drive line and every sense line is covered by the substantially ungrounded conductor. Pixels under the substantially ungrounded conductor can have strongly positive pixels, while pixels outside the substantially ungrounded conductor can have negative pixels. With the substantially ungrounded conductor in place, a backdrop of negative pixels is formed, and an image of touch can be obtained. By analyzing the image of touch, any opens and shorts on the drive and sense lines, any shorts between a drive and a sense line, or any open drive and sense lines can be quickly identified against the backdrop of negative pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lawrence Staton, Richard Wei Kwang Lim
  • Patent number: 8692821
    Abstract: A pixel capable of displaying an image with uniform brightness. The pixel includes an organic light emitting diode (OLED), a first transistor for controlling an amount of current that flows from a first power source to a second power source via the OLED, and a second transistor coupled between a gate electrode of the first transistor and a bias power source, and configured to be turned on when a reset signal is supplied to a reset line, wherein a turn on time of the second transistor is configured to apply the bias power source to the gate electrode of the first transistor for at least 560 ?s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Il Park
  • Patent number: 8692735
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display control apparatus is configured to display a single display image on a plurality of two-dimensionally-arranged display devices combined as a single display device. The display control apparatus includes a display module configured to shift, when a predetermined target image included in the display image is displayed across display screens of the display devices, a display position of the display image so that the target image fits into one of the display screens of the display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawashimo, Kazuya Fukushima
  • Patent number: 8692758
    Abstract: A display device of an embodiment of the present invention is a display device of an active matrix type, and includes a display driver supplied with image data included in serial data by serial transmission. The serial data has a first flag for specifying a polarity of voltage of a common electrode added thereto. The display driver generates, in accordance with a timing of a serial clock, a timing signal for a horizontal period for a data signal line driver, and a timing signal for a gate signal line driver. This realizes a display device capable of easily generating, within a driver IC, a timing signal for writing the image data in pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noboru Matsuda, Isao Takahashi, Takahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8686922
    Abstract: Optimized visual information presentation system and method for a vehicular occupant includes a heads-up display system for generating a virtual display in a field of view of an occupant of the vehicle when facing outward of the vehicle, an occupant sensing system for determining the location of the eyes of the occupant, and a control system coupled to the heads-up display system and the occupant sensing system. The control system controls the location of content of the virtual display being generated by the heads-up display system based on the determined location of the eyes of the occupant by the occupant sensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed