Patents Examined by Dennis-Doom Chow
  • Patent number: 5923306
    Abstract: A video game/communications system is disclosed which permits guest room guests to actively participate in video game play or to use other data processing/communication services. A multi-tasking master host computer stores video games and other application programs on its hard disk, downloads programs to an array of SNES game playing engines in response to guest selections. Each guest room guest room includes a terminal device which is coupled to the guest's color television and to a game controller. By pressing a game controller menu key, the guest room guest initiates the downloading of applications software by the host computer to the array of SNES engines located within the guest room. A downloaded applications program generate a display menu which appears on the guest's television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Nintendo Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Darren C. Smith, Kenji Nishizawa, David J. McCarten, Ramin Ravanpey, Russell G. Braun
  • Patent number: 5844542
    Abstract: A state transition display window displays a hue circle and a number of setting points corresponding to respective color adjustment levels. As the user makes color adjustments, a history of the color adjustments is displayed in the form of arrows connecting related setting points. If the user specifies two setting points, images corresponding to setting point located on the line connecting the two specified setting points are displayed on an image display subwindow. A current image and six images adjacent thereto are displayed in a 6 near images display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahide Inoue, Tomoyasu Matsuzaki, Yoshiharu Hibi, Noriyuki Kurabayashi, Shinji Kita
  • Patent number: 5798750
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is provided with a memory for storing electrically converted image information therein, a monitor having an image display area for displaying the image information and at least one display orientation designating area for designating an orientaion of the image, an orientation designating unit for designating the display designating area, a detecting unit for detecting the orientation designated by the designating unit, and an orientation converting unit for converting the image information so that the image information displayed on the image display area may be rotated by a predetermined amount in a direction associated with the orientation detected by the detecting unit, and causing the converted information to be displayed on the image display area of the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignees: Nikon Corporation, Nikon Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuchika Ozaki
  • Patent number: 5796373
    Abstract: A computerized stereoscopic image system and a method of using two-dimensional images with multi-layer for providing a view having a visual depth are disclosed. The stereoscopic image system includes a computer, a main memory unit, a VGA graphic card, a monitor, an external shutter synchronizer, and a LCD shutter eye-glasses. The method of using two-dimensional images with multi-layer for providing a view having visual depth is done by using a binocular shift and sequential displays of stereoscopic images on a monitor in such a manner that, as soon as the user puts on a pair of LCD-shutter eye-glasses, he or she will see a stereoscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Artificial Parallax Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Lin Ming-Yen
  • Patent number: 5793347
    Abstract: A method of addressing FLCDs produces one or more gray levels by switching part of the pixel. This is achieved by applying a waveform which changes between a voltage level which switches the entire pixel and a voltage level which does not switch any part of the pixel, such that the data signal requires only two voltage levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Central Research Laboratories Limited
    Inventor: Robin Mugridge
  • Patent number: 5790449
    Abstract: A liquid crystal apparatus includes a liquid crystal device having a group of scanning electrodes and a group of signal electrodes intersecting each other to form an electrode matrix, and a chiral smectic liquid crystal having a threshold voltage varying depending on a voltage pulse width disposed so as to form a picture element at each intersection of the scanning electrodes and the signal electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichiro Kanbe, Kazuharu Katagiri, Syuzo Kaneko
  • Patent number: 5784037
    Abstract: A display system using a display panel in which scan signal electrodes and information signal electrodes are arranged like a matrix and a liquid crystal having a memory characteristic is sandwiched between both of the electrodes. Scan signals and information signals are respectively applied to the scan signal electrodes and the information signal electrodes to thereby drive said electrodes. The display system includes a memory for storing image data to be displayed by the display panel, a display mode memory for storing the driving condition defining a display mode with respect to the image data to be displayed by the display panel, and a display controller for reading out the image data to be displayed from the memory, for controlling a drive controller in accordance with the memory stored display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 5774107
    Abstract: A display apparatus with input-functions which includes touch-panel spacers placed overlapping the area other than the pixels, to thereby enhance its contrast and to increase its input position-detection precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ippei Inou
  • Patent number: 5774096
    Abstract: A head mounted display comprising: a display device 2 at the front; a front frame 12 surrounding the forehead; a back frame 14 surrounding the back portion of the head; connecting devices 30A and 30B for connecting the front frame 12 and the back frame 14 in a manner freely movable toward the back and front of the head; belts 16A and 16B placed on the inner surface of both the front frame 12 and the back frame 14 and around the temples; and a belt fastening and loosening device 20 for fastening the belts 16A and 16B and for releasing the fastened belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Enterprises
    Inventors: Yoshinao Usuki, Masaki Matsuno, Futoshi Ito, Kenji Tosaki
  • Patent number: 5734358
    Abstract: An information display device comprises a housing installed in an instrument panel of a motor vehicle. The housing has a window opening facing toward the vehicle cabin. A first display device is installed in the housing and has a screen on which a first image is displayed. A second display device is installed in the housing and has a screen on which a second image is displayed. A half mirror is installed and inclined in the housing in a manner to cover the screens of both the first and second display devices, so that the image forming light beams from the screens are reflected backward by the half mirror. A concave mirror is installed in the housing behind the half mirror, so that the image forming light beams from the half mirror are reflected forward by the concave mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Kenjiro Sumiyoshi
  • Patent number: 5731805
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, systems and computer program products are disclosed that automatically expands the computer displayed information that interests a computer user. Thus making the information easier for the user to see. The computer detects which area on a display device has the user's interest by using a gaze-tracking device to monitor where the user looks on the display. After determining which area interests the user the invention expands the display of the information in that area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Tognazzini, Jakob Nielsen, Robert Glass
  • Patent number: 5726685
    Abstract: An input unit for a computer has a housing with a transparent plate at one side thereof over which an input element is movable. The housing contains a camera which identifies the position of the input element and converts this position into a position output signal. An evaluation unit converts the position output signal into control signals for the computer according to a mouse protocol. The input unit can thus be used to control the computer in a manner which mimics the control of a computer using a conventional mouse, but avoids the disadvantages associated with conventional mouse control. The input element may be an element specifically dedicated for that purpose, or may be a tool which the user happens to have available, or may simply be the finger of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Kuth, Wolfgang Pritzel
  • Patent number: 5704037
    Abstract: A cursor control device for controlling the movement and positioning of a cursor on a computer includes a finger controllable member formed on the cursor positioning device. The cursor on the display is controllable either in X-axis or Y-axis direction by means of sliding the finger controllable member on the device. The cursor positioning device includes a displacement detecting structure for detecting the movement of the finger controllable member, and photo encoder detectors for detecting the operating situation of the X-axis and Y-axis photo encoders which are arranged in 90 degrees phase deference in space. In such an arrangement, the displacement of the finger controllable member in X-axis and Y-axis direction may be detected as coordinate date. The detected coordinate data is transmitted to a control circuit for further processes and then sent to a computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Mei Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 5696526
    Abstract: A liquid crystal apparatus comprises a liquid crystal device including scanning electrodes and signal electrodes intersecting each other, and a chiral smectic liquid crystal disposed therebetween. The chiral smectic liquid crystal assumes a first orientation state when supplied with a pulse voltage of one polarity exceeding a first threshold voltage, a second orientation state when supplied with a pulse voltage of the other polarity exceeding a second threshold voltage, and a third orientation state when released from application of the pulse voltage of one or the other polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichiro Kanbe, Kazuharu Katagiri, Syuzo Kaneko