Patents Examined by Jennifer Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10203765
    Abstract: A method for human-machine interaction includes monitoring a movement of an object by a sensor that detects positions of the object over time, generating a time-dependent velocity of the object based on the movement of the object, detecting a tapping event of the object tapping on a surface by detecting a sudden change of the time-dependent velocity, and determining a position of the object at a time when the tapping event occurs as a tapping position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: uSens, Inc.
    Inventors: Anli He, Yue Fei
  • Patent number: 10191528
    Abstract: A device having one or more sensors configured to detect a material covering the device, and logic configured to detect one or more characteristics of the material and change an operating state of the device based on the detected one or more characteristics. In some examples, the one or more sensors can be ambient light sensors (ALS), proximity sensors and/or cameras. In some examples, the device can change the operating state of a processor, a touch panel and/or a display. In some examples, the device can detect a direction of coverage of the material, a color of the material and/or a usage state of the device. In some examples, the device can change its operating state based on a pattern of the one or more characteristics and/or information in addition to the one or more characteristics. In some examples, the device can receive the information from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Anna-Katrina Shedletsky
  • Patent number: 10191558
    Abstract: Method and apparatus is disclosed for a user to communicate with an electronic device. A processor receives user intention actions comprising facial expression (FE) information indicative of facial expressions and body information indicative of motion or position of one or more body parts of the user. When the FE or body information crosses a first level, the processor starts generating first signals based on the FE or body information to communicate with the electronic device. When the FE or body information crosses a second level, the processor can end generation of the first signals or modify the first signals. An image processing or eye gaze tracking system can provide some FE information or body information. The signals can modify attributes of an object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Uday Parshionikar
  • Patent number: 10185064
    Abstract: An electronic display comprises a display matrix, an image-correcting layer, and a luminance-correcting layer. The display matrix includes a flat face portion, a curved corner portion, a light-releasing surface, and a series of pixels extending across the flat face portion and around the curved corner portion. Coupled to the light-releasing surface of the display matrix, the image-correcting layer is configured to transmit light released from the flat face portion of the display matrix and to reorient light released from the curved corner portion of the display matrix such that the transmitted light and the reoriented light exit the image-correcting layer substantially in parallel, forming an apparent plane image of the series of pixels. Arranged between the light-releasing display surface and the image-correcting layer, the luminance-correcting layer is configured to deflect the light released from the curved corner portion into an acceptance profile of the image-correcting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Karlton David Powell, John Michael Lutian
  • Patent number: 10187633
    Abstract: A method of operation of a head mountable display (HMD) system, in which stereoscopic images are displayed with respect to a virtual display screen (VDS) position, is provided. The method includes setting a VDS position for a stereoscopic image for display in response to a depth parameter of a region of interest (ROI) in respect of the stereoscopic image for display. The method also includes generating the stereoscopic image for display having an image parallax appropriate to the VDS position set by the setting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 10146380
    Abstract: A touch input device includes a sensor for detecting a plurality of touch positions at which a touch operation has been performed on an operation surface, a pressure sensor for detecting a pressing operation which has been performed on the operation surface at at least one of the touch positions, and a control unit. The control unit (a) identifies a first of the touch positions as a support position which is not used to input information into the input device by way of movement of the support position, (b) identifies at least second and third of the touch positions as input touch positions used to input information into the input device by way of movement of the input touch positions, and (c) causes the input device to carry out an operation identified by the movement of the input touch positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kano, Hiroaki Kitada, Takafumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10146385
    Abstract: A touch substrate, a display device and a detection method of a touch electrode pattern are disclosed. The touch substrate including a plurality of touch electrodes sequentially arranged along a first direction, in which each touch electrode is extended along a second direction; each touch electrode has a head end, a middle end and a tail end; the middle end is close to a first edge of the touch substrate, and the head end and the tail end are close to a second edge of the touch substrate and are respectively connected with contact pads; and the contact pads connected with the head end and the tail end of the same touch electrode are different. The touch substrate can avoid the waste of module materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BOE (HEBEI) MOBILE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuefeng Li, Dahua Zhu, Zhanbo Sun
  • Patent number: 10146390
    Abstract: A capacitance sensing method includes generating a first set of currents by, for each transmit (TX) electrode of a set of TX electrodes, precharging a self capacitance of the TX electrode and a mutual capacitance between the TX electrode and a receive (RX) electrode of a set of RX electrodes by applying to the TX electrode a first excitation voltage corresponding to the TX electrode to induce a first current of the first set of currents, generating a second set of currents by, for each TX electrode, applying a reference voltage to the TX electrode to induce a second current of the second set of currents, and for each TX electrode, calculating a measure of the self capacitance of the TX electrode based on the second set of currents, and calculating a measure of the mutual capacitance between the TX electrode and each RX electrode based on the first set of currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Ogirko, Andriy Maharyta
  • Patent number: 10140016
    Abstract: A user input apparatus is provided with user input means for the user to input data or a command by using the user's human body, and use-form detection means for detecting a form in which the user uses the user input means by the user's human body. A computer connected to the user input apparatus changes the operation of the application being executed by application execution means, according to a detection result obtained by the use-form detection means. Therefore, input operations can be performed without inconvenience even if the user cannot use one hand due to another work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 10127002
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for managing multimedia session on of receiver module associated or integrated with an external display and in communication with multiple touch enabled devices, The receiver device having processor and communication module for supporting streaming multimedia applications. The method comprising the steps of: reverse mirroring of activated multimedia applications from the receiver module to a touch enabled devices through direct local wireless communication network; and concurrently or non-concurrently, selecting at least one touch enabled device as current input device based on predefined rules of the currently running multimedia application and/or user selection and conveying input data from at least one selected touch enabled device in real-time to the receiver device through direct local wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SCREENOVATE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Joshua Glazer
  • Patent number: 10120486
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device detects a touch position on a display screen, and detects that the display screen has been pressed and sets a boundary line based on the touch position. The mobile terminal device divides the display screen into first and second screens separated by the boundary line and displays images corresponding to different functions of the mobile terminal device on the first and second screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kano, Hiroaki Kitada, Takafumi Inoue, Masato Saito, Kenichi Mori
  • Patent number: 10120461
    Abstract: The present inventions generally relate to methods and dedicated apparatuses outputting a variable mapped on a device orientation in a non-inertial reference system, with the device orientation being estimated using measurements of motion sensors (such as 3D accelerometers and gyroscopes) and a magnetometer or other similar sensors including cameras. A variable mapped on an orientation of a device is smoothed to have a gradual evolution by adjusting the estimated orientation of the device obtained via sensor fusion or other sensor processing to take into consideration a current measured angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: IDHL Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan A. Cook, Yun Li
  • Patent number: 10114511
    Abstract: An architecture is described that can utilize photo-sensors embedded in a substantially transparent layer of a UI display for tracking objects that approach or hover over the UI display. The photo-sensors can be configured to detect light of certain wavelengths (e.g., visible light, infrared light) that are propagated toward the UI display, while ignoring light emanating from the UI display when displaying content. Accordingly, by examining various characteristics of the incoming light such as intensity, the architecture can identify a location of a shadow incident upon the display caused by an approaching or hovering selector object blocking portions of incoming light. Additionally or alternatively, the architecture can identify a location of higher intensity for light emanating from the selector object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Armstrong Soo, Bernard Ku, Jeffrey Brandt
  • Patent number: 10110044
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless charging mouse, comprising a wireless power receiving circuit, a wireless radiating circuit, a displacement detecting circuit and a control circuit. The control circuit is electrically connected to the wireless power receiving circuit, the wireless radiating circuit and the displacement detecting circuit. The wireless power receiving circuit wirelessly receives electromagnetic energy from a charging board. The displacement detecting circuit detects the displacement of the wireless charging mouse. The control circuit receives the electromagnetic energy from the wireless power receiving circuit, and outputs a displacement detecting signal to a wireless receiver through the wireless radiating circuit according to the detected displacement obtained from the displacement detecting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuan-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 10101859
    Abstract: An array substrate, a display panel and a display device are provided, each including multiple touch-control electrodes independent from each other and multiple electrode coils. A position of each electrode coil corresponds to a position of one touch-control electrode. Since the touch-control electrodes and the electrode coils are integrated into the array substrate and the touch panel needs not to be separately arranged outside the display device, the thickness of the display device may be effectively reduced. In addition, the touch-control structure includes the touch-control electrodes and the electrode coils, i.e., a self-capacitive structure and an inductive structure, enabling the display device to work in both the capacitive touch-control mode and the inductive touch-control mode; hence, the display device can be applicable to different applications by switching between the two touch-control modes, broadening the application range of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: SHANGHAI AVIC OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD., TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huijun Jin
  • Patent number: 10095333
    Abstract: A touch apparatus including a first substrate, a first translucent electrode, a second substrate, an electrochromic layer, a reflective film, and a touch sensing structure is provided. The first substrate has a first inner surface and a first outer surface opposite to each other. The first translucent electrode is disposed on the first inner surface. The second substrate is disposed opposite to the first substrate. The electrochromic layer is located between the first inner surface of the first substrate and the second substrate. The reflective film is disposed on the second substrate. The touch sensing structure is disposed on the first outer surface of the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNIDISPLAY INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Chieh Wang, Meng-Chia Chan, Sheng-Hsien Lin, Chun-Heng Lin
  • Patent number: 10088958
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an input method of the display apparatus are provided. The display apparatus includes a bottom chassis, and a display panel disposed above the bottom chassis, the display panel including an active area configured to display a control menu, and a black mask area surrounding the active area. The display apparatus further includes a light source configured to irradiate light, an optical member configured to cause the irradiated light to be incident on the display panel, and a middle frame disposed on the optical member and configured to support the display panel. The display apparatus further includes a sensor disposed between the middle frame and the display panel, and configured to sense a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Han Jin Park, Tae Soon Park, Sun Rock Lee, Yong Min Jung
  • Patent number: 10089946
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption of a display device with the use of a simple structure and a simple operation. The display device includes an input device. Input of an image signal to a driver circuit is controlled in accordance with an image operation signal output from the input device. Specifically, input of image signals at the time when the input device is not operated is less frequent than that at the time when the input device is operated. Accordingly, display degradation (deterioration of display quality) caused when the display device is used can be prevented and power consumed when the display device is not used can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Wakimoto, Masahiko Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10082938
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display unit, a detection unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays a character string or an image. The detection unit detects contact with the display unit. In a state where a character string or a image is displayed on the display unit, in a case in which the detection unit detects contact with the character string or the image, the control unit causes at least a part of the character string or the image to be selected in accordance with such detection. The control unit activates a different function in accordance with a condition of contact with the character string or the image when the character string or the image is selected. Furthermore, the control unit causes the character string or the image thus selected to be utilized in the function thus activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10073597
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display unit, a detection unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays a character string or an image. The detection unit detects contact with the display unit. In a state where a character string or a image is displayed on the display unit, in a case in which the detection unit detects contact with the character string or the image, the control unit causes at least a part of the character string or the image to be selected in accordance with such detection. The control unit activates a different function in accordance with a condition of contact with the character string or the image when the character string or the image is selected. Furthermore, the control unit causes the character string or the image thus selected to be utilized in the function thus activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Ikegami