Patents Examined by Lun-Yi Lao
  • Patent number: 10051168
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 10042435
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed toward input mechanisms, for input devices, configured to receive and removably couple to interchangeable elements. Handheld input devices applicable to some embodiments may include, without limitation, computer controllers, video game console controllers, and handheld video gaming devices. Input mechanisms applicable to various embodiments may include, for example, control sticks (e.g., joysticks or analog sticks operable by a user's finger, such as a thumbstick), buttons, switches, and directional pads. According to some embodiments, an input mechanism is provided comprising a base component. Depending on the embodiment, coupling different interchangeable elements to the base component may cause the input mechanism to vary in size, appearance, contour, material, or features provided by the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 10042500
    Abstract: An electrostatic capacitive coupling type touch panel including an input region having four sides, a peripheral region around the input region, terminals formed in the peripheral region along a first side of the input region, wirings formed in the peripheral region along second, third and fourth sides of the input region, and the input region having X and Y electrodes crossing. The wirings are connected between corresponding X or Y electrodes and wiring terminals plurality of terminals. A dummy wiring, which is not connected to any of the X electrodes or Y electrodes, is provided outside the wiring formed in a farthest position from the input region, and the dummy wiring extends through the peripheral region along the second, third and fourth sides of the input region, and electrically connects to at least one dummy wiring terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Esaka, Shouji Ikeda, Kouichi Anno
  • Patent number: 10037734
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a light unit, a display panel configured to transmit light from the light unit, a setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of modes different in a scanning order of the display panel from each other, and a control unit configured to control the light unit to light each of a plurality of areas of the display panel. According to the mode set by the setting unit, the control unit determines timing when the light unit lights the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shota Iguchi, Kazuhiro Inoko
  • Patent number: 10013943
    Abstract: A gate driving circuit for providing a scan signal to a LCD panel is disclosed. The gate driving circuit includes a positive level shifter, a capacitive coupling level shifter, a P-type transistor and an N-type transistor. The positive level shifter shifts up a gate control signal to generate a first control signal. The capacitive coupling level shifter shifts up and down the first control signal to generate positive and negative control signals. The P-type transistor P-type transistor receives the negative control signal and a negative power voltage. The N-type transistor receives the negative control signal and a negative power voltage. An absolute value of a voltage difference between the positive power voltage and the positive control signal and an absolute value of a voltage difference between the negative power voltage and the negative control signal are less than a medium voltage device endurance limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sitronix Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Tsun-Sen Lin, Min-Nan Liao
  • Patent number: 10001914
    Abstract: A method comprising determining a deformation attribute of an apparatus based, at least in part, on at least one operational parameter, receiving an indication of an acceleration input that corresponds to the deformation attribute, and causing a deformation representation of the apparatus, the deformation representation being indicative of the deformation attribute in relation to the acceleration input is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Kildal Johan
  • Patent number: 9996202
    Abstract: An electronic device having an electrode pattern for a touch sensor is provided. The electronic device include a touch sensor; and a touch key that is formed at a position corresponding to the electrode pattern for the touch sensor and corresponds to a touch region. The electrode pattern is an Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ohhyuck Kwon
  • Patent number: 9983783
    Abstract: There is presented a method for selective operator guidance for operator inputs, in particular for operator inputs in a home appliance, to a control panel component, in particular for an operating control panel for a home appliance, and to a method for producing a control panel component, in particular for an operating control panel of a home appliance. In one aspect, the control panel component includes a cover layer, a sensor layer which covers a rear side of the cover layer in a flat manner, at least sectionally, and an indicator layer comprising at least one discrete indicator element, wherein the sensor layer is arranged between the cover layer and the at least one discrete indicator element, wherein the sensor layer is configured to detect operator inputs, in particular operator gestures, wherein the sensor layer is arranged to be activated sectionally depending on a desired input mode, and wherein the at least one discrete indicator element is arranged to be actuated for selective operator guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PAS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Olaf Krause
  • Patent number: 9983423
    Abstract: An electronic device may include multiple display layers. The display layers may include a matching layer implemented using multiple graded index of refraction sublayers to help minimize reflections. The matching layer may include a first sublayer having a monotonically increasing index of refraction, a second (reverse matching) sublayer having a monotonically decreasing index of refraction, and a third sublayer having a monotonically increasing index of refraction. The second reverse matching sublayer may serve to induce an optical path difference that results in destructive inference at one or more specific wavelengths. The thickness of the reverse matching sublayer may be tuned to center the destructive interference at the desired wavelength(s). If desired, multiple matching layers each having their own reverse matching layers may be stacked on top of one another to provide reflectance suppression at multiple wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-I Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9983618
    Abstract: An optical touch apparatus including two touch panels, two optical sensing modules, and a rail device is provided. Each touch panel has two lateral sides separated from each other and a touch zone located between the two lateral sides. Each optical sensing module is disposed or near one lateral side of one of the touch panels. The rail device is coupled to the two touch panels, such that two touch panels can slide in parallel along a predetermined direction and can be selectively operated in one of a first touching mode and a second touching mode, and the optical touch apparatus can flexibly change its size of touch zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Yen Chen, Po-Liang Huang, Yu-Kai Su
  • Patent number: 9971420
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed toward input mechanisms, for input devices, configured to receive and removably couple to interchangeable elements. Handheld input devices applicable to some embodiments may include, without limitation, computer controllers, video game console controllers, and handheld video gaming devices. Input mechanisms applicable to various embodiments may include, for example, control sticks (e.g., joysticks or analog sticks operable by a user's finger, such as a thumbstick), buttons, switches, and directional pads. According to some embodiments, an input mechanism is provided comprising a base component. Depending on the embodiment, coupling different interchangeable elements to the base component may cause the input mechanism to vary in size, appearance, contour, material, or features provided by the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 9959793
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a display system which is related to the field of display technology. The display system enables a display device to be switched between a normal display mode and an anti-peeping display mode. This display system comprises a display device which comprises a display panel for displaying content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanshun Chen, Youmei Dong, Wenbo Li, Qingjiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9958957
    Abstract: A transparent display apparatus and method for displaying information thereon includes sensing a position of an object, sensing a position of a user, determining an area of the transparent display through which the object is viewable by the user, and displaying the information on the transparent display based on the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il-kook Yun, Geun-ho Lee, Chang-soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9953591
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for driving a split display with multiple display pipelines. Frames for driving a display are logically divided into portions, a first display pipeline drives a first portion of the display, and a second display pipeline drives a second portion of the display. Each display pipeline generates dither noise for each frame in its entirety but only utilizes dither noise for the portion of the frame which is being driven to its respective portion of the display. This approach prevents visual artifacts from appearing at the dividing line between the first and second portions of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Holland, Brijesh Tripathi, Hari Ganesh R. Thirunageswaram
  • Patent number: 9934716
    Abstract: A display including a display panel and a control module is disclosed. The display panel includes a plurality of same sub-pixel matrixes. Each sub-pixel matrix is formed by arranging a plurality of sub-pixels. The plurality of sub-pixels includes first sub-pixels corresponding to a first color, second sub-pixels corresponding to a second color, and third sub-pixels corresponding to a third color. The first sub-pixels, the second sub-pixels, and the third sub-pixels are all arranged on the display panel to form a shape of fold line having different folding lengths. The control module is coupled to the display panel and used to output a control signal to the display panel according to a display data to drive the plurality of sub-pixels on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Hung Li, Chung-Cheng Chou, Ming-Nan Yu
  • Patent number: 9911389
    Abstract: Dual modulator displays are disclosed incorporating a phosphorescent plate interposed in the optical path between a light source modulation layer and a display modulation layer. Spatially modulated light output from the light source modulation layer impinges on the phosphorescent plate and excites corresponding regions of the phosphorescent plate which in turn emit light having different spectral characteristics than the light output from the light source modulation layer. Light emitted from the phosphorescent plate is received and further modulated by the display modulation layer to provide the ultimate display output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lorne A. Whitehead, Gregory John Ward, Louis D. Silverstein, Helge Seetzen
  • Patent number: 9905180
    Abstract: A gate driving circuit for providing a scan signal to a LCD panel is disclosed. The gate driving circuit includes at least one positive level shifter, at least one negative level shifter, a pair of P-type transistor and an N-type transistor. The positive level shifter is utilized for shifting up agate control signal to generate a positive control signal. The negative level shifter is utilized for shifting down the gate control signal to generate a negative control signal. The pair of transistors is utilized for outputting a positive power voltage or a negative power voltage as the scan signal according to the positive control signal and the negative control signal. The positive power voltage minus the positive control signal is less than six volts. The negative control signal minus the negative power voltage is less than six volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sitronix Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Tsun-Sen Lin, Min-Nan Liao
  • Patent number: 9905174
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a liquid crystal panel which includes gate lines, data lines crossing the gate lines, and pixels connected to the gate lines and the data lines; a timing controller for receiving a control signal and image data and for generating a gate control signal and a data control signal; a gate driver for generating a gate signal based on the gate control signal and outputting the gate signal to the gate lines; and a data driver for performing data conversion on the image data based on the data control signal and outputting a conversion result to the data lines, wherein the timing controller analyzes the image data frame by frame data and applies two or more inversion driving techniques to frame data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Won Jeong, Kwan-Young Oh, Younjin Jung, Kyung-Uk Choi, Po-Yun Park, Sangyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9905146
    Abstract: A TFT array substrate for a TFT LCD includes a plurality of pixels each consisting of a red sub-pixel, a green sub-pixel, a blue sub-pixel and a white sub-pixel arranged in a 2×2 matrix. Two data lines are located between each two neighboring columns of the sub-pixels. A scan line is located between two neighboring rows of the sub-pixels. The sub-pixels are driven by column inversion. The scan lines in electrical connections with different rows of the pixels are turned on successively along a vertical direction. Two neighboring same colored sub-pixels in a same row of the sub-pixels have opposite polarities and two neighboring same colored sub-pixel in a same column of the sub-pixels respectively have the same polarity when the TFT LCD is operated to output a screen having a color the same as the color of the two neighboring same colored sub-pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Century Technology (Shenzhen) Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Ming-Tsung Wang, Chih-Chung Liu, Jian-Xin Liu, Li-Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 9898956
    Abstract: A method of driving active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels includes: (A) dividing a current frame of a current image corresponding to an i-th color component into a plurality of sub-frames, wherein i?[1,N], and N is a total number of the color component; (B) obtaining a sequence of the sub-frames of a previous frame of a previous image corresponding to the i-th color component, wherein the previous frame has been divided into a plurality of sub-frames by the same way with the current frame; (C) determining the sequence of the sub-frames of the current frame in accordance with the sequence of the sub-frames of the previous frame, wherein the sequence of the sub-frames (SF) of the current image is same with or is different from that of the previous frame; and (D) controlling the panel to display in accordance with the sequence of the sub-frames of the current frame determined by corresponding color components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ping-sheng Kuo, Li-wei Chu