Patents Examined by Jeff Piziali
  • Patent number: 10296126
    Abstract: A system and method for recognizing a signet and for performing an action associated with the signet, wherein the signet is an inanimate object. In one embodiment, the method includes generating a touch signal with a signet, the touch signal representing a particular signet pattern, recognizing the particular signet pattern, and performing an action associated with the particular signet pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Peter Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10016678
    Abstract: A movement controlling apparatus includes a pointing device for operating a movement of an object. A distance between a straight line connecting previous input coordinates and current input coordinates and a central point of the object is calculated. A velocity of the object is calculated on the basis of the distance to thereby control a movement of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mari Shirakawa, Giles Goddard
  • Patent number: 9928786
    Abstract: A display device includes a multi-primary-color display panel with subpixels arranged in a matrix pattern of columns and rows; and a signal converter arranged to convert a video signal, having values that represent the colors of pixels with a matrix pattern, into a multi-primary-color signal for use in the multi-primary-color display panel. The signal converter associates a value of the video signal representing the color of at least one of pixels on a pth row with values of the multi-primary-color signal corresponding to the luminances of subpixels on (s?1)th and sth rows, and also associates a value of the video signal representing the color of at least one of the pixels on a (p+1)th row with values of the multi-primary-color signal corresponding to the luminances of subpixels on sth and (s+1)th rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akiko Miyazaki, Kazunari Tomizawa, Kozo Nakamura, Shun Ueki
  • Patent number: 9583040
    Abstract: A display device includes: a pixel array including pixel circuits arranged in a matrix, each pixel circuit having a light emitting element, a drive transistor, and a storage capacitor storing a threshold voltage of the transistor and an inputted signal value; and a threshold correction operation means for performing a threshold correction operation plural times, which allows the storage capacitor to store the threshold voltage by applying a drive voltage to the transistor in a state where a gate potential of the transistor is fixed in a reference potential before giving the signal value to the storage capacitor. The threshold correction operation is started in a state where the gate potential is made a correction acceleration potential higher than the reference potential only at the threshold correction operation of the first half in the plural threshold correction operations, then, returns the gate potential to the reference potential to be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: JOLED Inc.
    Inventors: Junichi Yamashita, Katsuhide Uchino
  • Patent number: 8654097
    Abstract: An electrostatic capacitive touch sensor device includes sensing electrode provided at a plurality of positions, a high-frequency signal source that applies a high-frequency signal to the sensing electrode through a predetermined impedance element, a wiring portion that connects the sensing electrode and the impedance element, a shield portion provided to embrace the sensing electrodes and the connecting pattern, and a shield signal source that applies a shield signal to the shield portion and has the same phase and amplitude as the high-frequency signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Visteon Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamauchi, Yasunori Murayama, Sadahiko Tanaka, Keitaro Takizawa, Kouichi Yamanoue
  • Patent number: 8508445
    Abstract: A display device includes: a pixel array including pixel circuits arranged in a matrix state, in which each pixel circuit has a light emitting element, a drive transistor, and a storage capacitor storing a threshold voltage of the drive transistor and an inputted signal value; a threshold correction operation means for performing a threshold correction operation plural times, which allows the storage capacitor to store the threshold voltage of the drive transistor before giving the signal value to the storage capacitor; and a cut-off control means for allowing the drive transistor to be cut off in at least one after-correction period and for allowing the drive transistor not to be cut off in at least one after-correction period in plural after-correction periods which are periods after the plural threshold correction operation periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Yamashita, Katsuhide Uchino
  • Patent number: 8405576
    Abstract: A sustain pulse generation circuit of a plasma display device generates and switches a first sustain pulse for causing light emission having double peaks, a second sustain pulse having a falling edge steeper than that of the first sustain pulse, and a third sustain pulse having a rising edge and a falling edge steeper than those of the first sustain pulse and causing light emission having a single peak. The second sustain pulse or the third sustain pulse is generated immediately before the third sustain pulse. The first sustain pulse is generated immediately before the second sustain pulse. Provided between the second sustain pulse and the third sustain pulse and between the third sustain pulses is a first overlap period in which a time period for causing the corresponding sustain pulse to rise is overlapped with a time period for causing the corresponding sustain pulse to fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kosuke Makino, Taku Okada, Shinichiro Hashimoto, Kenji Ogawa, Shigeo Kigo
  • Patent number: 8339339
    Abstract: A light emitting device in which flickers on a screen can be reduced is provided. In the present invention, each pixel has memories and at the start of a frame period, all of bits of digital vide signals are written in the memories. Then, in the frame period, according to information in all of the bit of digital video signals, the light emitting device sequently emit a light in a determined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama
  • Patent number: 8310448
    Abstract: A wheel mouse includes a base, a circuit board, a scroll wheel, a wheel swing member, two tilt switches, and a mode-switching element. The wheel swing member has an extension arm. The mode-switching element has an engaging part. The mode-switching element is penetrated through the base and the circuit board and partially protruded outside the surface of the base. By moving the mode-switching element to a first position or a second position, the engaging part is engaged with or separated from the extension arm, so that the wheel mouse is selectively operated in a third-axial wheel operating mode or a tilt wheel operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Primax Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Che Wu
  • Patent number: 8305342
    Abstract: A gas discharge addressed display comprising a matrix of micro-mechanical picture elements with optical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Edward Pakhchyan, Haik Mesropian, Syuzi Pakhchyan
  • Patent number: 7755576
    Abstract: In a PDP, a waveform which has a reset function, an address function, and a sustain discharge function to a scan electrode while a sustain electrode is biased at a constant voltage. The waveform includes a voltage which corresponds to a difference between a voltage applied to the scan electrode and a voltage applied to the sustain electrode in the general driving waveform. As a result, a board for driving the sustain electrode is eliminated, and a combined board is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Young Lee, Dong-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 7372447
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microdisplay system that utilizes a small high resolution active matrix liquid crystal display with an illumination system and a magnifying optical system to provide a hand held communication display device. The system can employ an LED illumination system and cellular communication or processor circuits within a compact housing to provide communication devices such as pagers, telephones, televisions, and hand held computer devices with a compact high resolution video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jacobsen, John C. C. Fan, Stephen A. Pombo, Matthew Zavracky, Rodney Bumgardner, Alan Richard
  • Patent number: 7362309
    Abstract: A pointing device includes a housing, a main body and an input section. The housing contains an upper cover and two extending arms, which extended from the upper cover. The main body is housed under the upper cover and located between the two extending arms of the housing. The input section is placed on the front half of the main body for generating (inputting) key signals. The front half (the input section) and the back half of the main body form a smooth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Shih-Hung Chao, Zhan-Ling Liu
  • Patent number: 7339569
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display, apparatus for driving a liquid crystal display and a method of driving gray voltages for the same. The liquid crystal display includes a plurality of gate lines transmitting gate signals, a plurality of data lines intersecting the plurality of gate lines and transmitting data voltages, and a plurality of pixel rows. Each pixel row includes a plurality of pixels, and each pixel includes a switching element connected to one of the plurality of gate lines and one of the plurality of data lines. The polarity of the data voltages supplied to the plurality of pixels are inverted by a pixel group including two or more pixel rows. The absolute values of the data voltages applied to one row of the pixel group with respect to a first predetermined voltage are greater than the absolute values of the data voltages applied to another row of the pixel group for the same grays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Hwan Moon, Nam-Soo Kang
  • Patent number: 7339571
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a liquid crystal display panel, a data driver connected to the liquid crystal display panel, and a gate driver connected to the liquid crystal display panel. The data driver is divided into a plurality of blocks, which simultaneously supply the liquid crystal display panel with display signals respectively supplied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Takahara, Hiroshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 7339567
    Abstract: The present invention is a liquid crystal panel substrate that comprises: pixel units each having a pixel electrode, to be used as a reflective electrode and arranged in a matrix pattern on a substrate, and a switching element controlling a voltage applied to the pixel electrode; wherein between the pixel electrode and a conductive layer forming a terminal electrode of the switching element, a contact hole is provided for connecting the pixel electrode and the terminal electrode. A light-shielding layer, having an opening surrounding the portion in which the contact hole is formed, and having no opening in regions between a plurality of adjacent pixel electrodes, is formed between the pixel electrode and the conductive layer. Harmful effects due to light leaking through a space between the pixel electrodes can thereby be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Yasukawa
  • Patent number: 7336262
    Abstract: A coordinate-capturing apparatus suitable for inputting handwritten characters or diagrams to a computer or a printer is disclosed. The apparatus includes an ultrasonic transmitter mounted on an input pen for transmitting ultrasonic waves, two ultrasonic receivers for receiving ultrasonic waves transmitted form the ultrasonic transmitter, and a distance calculating device for calculating distances between the input pen and the two ultrasonic receivers in order to determine coordinates representing a position of the input pen on the basis of the calculated distances. The apparatus of the invention can perform coordinate detection smoothly even when the input pen moves fast, and has reduced electric power consumption in the input pen to increase the life-span of a battery included in the input pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kenzo Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7333093
    Abstract: A new-type user interface for providing a hotkey is disclosed, which has high operability and which can also be used to provide the hotkey in a conventional manner. In information processing apparatus has a hierarchical structure including a keyboard as one of hardware parts in a bottom layer, a built-in controller as one of hardware parts in a layer higher than the keyboard, and an operating system and an application program as software part in a layer higher than the built-in controller, wherein the operating system and the application program are connected to the built-in controller via a bus. In this information processing apparatus, in response to an input operation on a hotkey using an Fn key, information indicating that the key has been pressed or released is supplied to a utility, which is a higher-level system, via an SPIC which is logically different from the keyboard controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Yamaji, Kenichi Ono, Soichi Sato, Yoshitaka Narukawa
  • Patent number: 7324069
    Abstract: A system comprises a source providing video in a first format, a video converter for converting video from the first to a second format, a server storing a video image from the video, and combining the video image with a graphical user interface to form a composite video, and a first user display device displaying the composite video, and receiving from the user, a plurality of commands, wherein the first user display device is for receiving from the user, a plurality of annotations associated with a video frame from the composite video, and for determining the video frame from the composite video in response to a command, wherein the server is for forming an annotated video in response to the video frame and the plurality of annotations, for storing the plurality of annotations and the video frame, and for associating the plurality of annotations and the video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventors: Karon A. Weber, Antoine McNamara, Maxwell O. Drukman, Philip Bradley Bird, Brendan Peter Donohoe, Michael Boyle Johnson, Alex Stahl
  • Patent number: 7321354
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microdisplay system that utilizes a small high resolution active matrix liquid crystal display with an illumination system and a magnifying optical system to provide a hand held communication display device. The system can employ an LED illumination system and cellular communication or processor circuits within a compact housing to provide communication devices such as pagers, telephones, televisions, and hand held computer devices with a compact high resolution video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jacobsen, John C. C. Fan, Stephen A. Pombo, Matthew Zavracky, Rodney Bumgardner