Patents Examined by Lun-Yi Lao
  • Patent number: 9710072
    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 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, and an interchangeable element configured to removably couple to the 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: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 9710076
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for finger gestures. In one aspect there is provided a method, which may include detecting a first finger gesture proximate to or making contact with a slider element presented on a user interface; detecting a second finger gesture proximate to or making contact with the user interface, the second finger gesture detected during a time period comprising a time when the first finger is proximate to or making contact with the slider; and changing a resolution of the slider from a first resolution value to a second resolution value, when the second finger gesture is detected. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SuccessFactors, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Angermayer
  • Patent number: 9703134
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device equipped with a built-in touch panel includes a second substrate on which a wiring pattern for configuring a touch panel is formed, and a flexible wiring substrate joined to the second substrate with an overlap portion, and electrically connected to the wiring pattern. The flexible wiring substrate is formed of a multilayer substrate having a first conductive pattern layer having a plurality of terminal portions electrically connected onto the wiring pattern, a second conductive pattern layer, an insulating layer interposed between the first conductive pattern layer and the second conductive pattern layer, and a plurality of contact portions that penetrates through the insulating layer, and electrically connects the plurality of terminal portions to the second conductive pattern layer. The plurality of contact portions is arranged to overlap with the plurality of terminal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Dispaly Inc.
    Inventor: Yasushi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9691315
    Abstract: A touch-type input device includes a touch panel including drive electrodes and sensor electrodes. Capacitors are formed at intersections of the drive electrodes and sensor electrodes. A controller determines whether a conductive foreign matter exists on the touch panel from raw data values indicating changes in the capacitances of the capacitors from initial reference values. The controller determines touching of the touch panel from control data values indicating changes in the capacitances of the capacitors from control reference values changed when a conductive foreign matter exists. When the raw data values indicate existence of a conductive foreign matter, the controller sets the control reference value of each capacitor to a raw data reference value corresponding to the present raw data value. The controller updates the initial reference value when the touch-type input device is activated and updates the control reference value when the control reference value is erroneous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Takao Imai, Toru Ueno, Keiji Murase, Yuji Takai, Hiroki Noritake, Hiroshi Shikata, Naoki Kamiya, Osamu Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9684394
    Abstract: Button functionalities for user interfaces, e.g., for use with a portable multifunction device, are disclosed. Exemplary button functionalities are described for an electronic device with a display, a rotatable and depressible input mechanism, and/or a button. Different device features may be accessed, depending on whether the rotatable and depressible input mechanism or the button is activated, and further depending on whether the activation represents a single press, a double press, or an extended press on the rotatable and depressible input mechanism or the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Patrick Foss, Anton M. Davydov, Dylan Ross Edwards, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Stephen O. Lemay, Kevin Lynch, Lawrence Y. Yang, Dennis S. Park
  • Patent number: 9671871
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of recognizing a gesture uses an infrared ray. The apparatus for recognizing a gesture, includes a sensing unit which detects a gesture using an infrared sensor to obtain a sensing value from the sensing result; a control unit which performs gesture recognition to which an intention of a user is reflected in accordance with a predetermined recognizing mode based on the obtained sensing value; and a storing unit which stores the predetermined recognizing mode when the gesture recognition set in advance by the user is performed. The predetermined recognizing mode includes a first recognizing mode in which the gesture is directly recognized and a second recognizing mode in which the gesture is recognized after recognizing a hold motion for determining start of the gesture recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chan Hee Park
  • Patent number: 9672774
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic display device including a backlight module, a light sensor, a storage device, an embedded controller, and a processing unit. The light sensor detects ambient light surrounding the electronic display device. The embedded controller controls intensity of the backlight module according to the ambient light and a brightness table of the storage device. The processing unit performs a basic input/output system to draw a brightness curve diagram according to the brightness table for users to adjust the curve of the brightness curve diagram during a boot process of the electronic display device and update the brightness table in the storage device according to the adjusted brightness curve diagram in response to a storing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Chia-Chi Yang, Yung-Yen Chang
  • Patent number: 9671828
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a terminal body; a display located on a first side of the terminal body, the display including a plurality of areas; a first touch sensor located at the display; a second touch sensor located on a second side of the terminal body, the second side being an opposite side of the first side; and a controller configured to cause the display to display screen information in response to preset touches including a first touch applied to a first touch region of the first touch sensor and a second touch applied to a second touch region of the second touch sensor, wherein the screen information and an area of the display on which the screen information is displayed are determined based on which one of the plurality of areas the first touch region corresponds to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Seojin Lee, Choonghwan Shin, Samsick Kim, Donghwan Yu
  • Patent number: 9666154
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display includes: a signal controller configured to receive an input image signal corresponding to a gray from the outside, and an image signal corrector configured to correct the input image signal. The image signal corrector is configured to shift a first input image signal value corresponding to a black gray by a first value based on a common voltage, is configured to shift a second input image signal value corresponding to a halftone gray by a second value based on the common voltage, and is configured to shift a third input image signal value corresponding to a white gray by a third value based on the common voltage. The first value and the second value are larger than a kickback voltage of each of the black gray and the halftone gray, and the third value is the same as a kickback voltage of the white gray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Jin-Soo Jung, Hwa Sung Woo, Jun Woo Lee, Baek Kyun Jeon
  • Patent number: 9658706
    Abstract: A touch panel according to the embodiment includes a cover window including an active area and an unactive area; a print layer on the unactive area; a sensing part on the unactive area to emit light toward the print layer; and a first light receiving part on the print layer to receive the light, wherein the print layer includes a first print layer on the cover window; a second print layer formed on the first print layer while forming a step difference with respect to the first print layer; and a third print layer formed on the second print layer while filling the step difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Sung Ahn
  • Patent number: 9658724
    Abstract: A touch sensing circuit is applied to a touch panel to generate a sensing signal. The touch panel includes a sensing device. The touch sensing circuit includes: an interference signal detecting circuit, configured to detect an interference signal of the touch panel to generate an interference signal detection result; a control signal generating unit, configured to generate a control signal according to the interference signal detection result; and a sensed value analyzing circuit, configured to charge the sensing device in a first time interval and to discharge the sensing device in a second time interval, and to generate the sensing signal according to a sensed value of the sensing device. A length of one of the first time interval and the second time interval changes according to a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Guo-Kiang Hung, Chih-Ying Chen, Hsuan-I Pan
  • Patent number: 9652060
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally provide a touch screen controller coupled to a touch sensor, a display, and a central processing unit. The touch screen controller is configured to detect first touch input received by the touch sensor and change a visual characteristic of the display upon detecting the first touch input. Detecting the first touch input and changing the visual characteristic are performed while the central processing unit is in a sleep state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Small
  • Patent number: 9645711
    Abstract: An electronic book reader includes a touchscreen display device disposed on a front surface of a housing. A storage medium stores image sequence information of plural images of a predetermined sequence. A contact surface portion is disposed on a side surface of the housing. A touch sensor detects contact with the contact surface portion. There is a CPU for display control of displaying the image sequence information on the touchscreen display device. An information processing device is connected between the storage medium and the CPU, for processing the image sequence information according to contact information from the touch sensor. The contact information is information of a rubbing movement in contact with the contact surface portion. The information processing device processes the image sequence information for forward or backward page turning according to a direction of the rubbing movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shinkai, Yuzo Aoshima, Samito Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9646540
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display device including a first transistor configured to supply a data voltage to a first node according to a scan signal; a first capacitor connected to the first node at one end of the first capacitor, and connected to a second node at the other end; a second transistor configured to supply a reference voltage to the second node according to a sensing signal; a driving transistor including a drain electrode receiving a high-level source voltage or an initial voltage, a gate electrode connected to the second node, and a source electrode connected to a third node; and an OLED including a cathode electrode receiving a low-level source voltage and an anode electrode connected to the third node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Binn Kim
  • Patent number: 9639210
    Abstract: A device implements a data processing method for an optical FTIR-based touch system. The touch system defines detection lines across a surface portion of a panel by propagating light inside the panel from a plurality of incoupling points to a plurality of outcoupling points, such that each location on the surface portion is illuminated by incident light rays. At least one light detector is coupled to the outcoupling points to generate an output signal. The device obtains signal values for the detection lines from the output signal and processes the signal values to at least partly compensate for variations in the apparent interaction among the subset of detection lines that interact with an object on the surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Mats Petter Wallander, Peter Juhlin, Mattias Krus
  • Patent number: 9633620
    Abstract: The invention provides a GOA circuit and a liquid crystal display device each including multiple cascade connected GOA units. An nth-stage GOA unit is for charging an nth-stage horizontal scan line in a display area. The nth-stage GOA unit includes a pull-up control circuit, a pull-up circuit, a transfer circuit, a first pull-down control circuit, a first pull-down circuit, a second pull-down control circuit, a second pull-down circuit and a main pull-down circuit, where n is a positive integer. The invention can improve the stage-transfer efficiency of GOA circuit, improve the output quality of scan drive signal so as to increase charging ratio of LCD tubes and also can accelerate the pull-down speed of scan drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shangcao Cao
  • Patent number: 9632610
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a three-dimensional (3D) touch display device, its manufacturing method and driving method. Touch sensing electrodes and liquid crystal driving electrodes are arranged alternately at an identical layer and insulated from each other in a 3D grating cell. The touch sensing electrodes and the liquid crystal driving electrodes are arranged between an insulating layer and a second substrate, and the liquid crystal driving electrode is configured to drive liquid crystals between the liquid crystal driving electrode and a first substrate to deflect horizontally at a display stage. An electrode layer arranged on a third or fourth substrate is configured to receive a touch driving signal at a touch stage so as to detect a touch operation, and receive a first common electrode signal at the display stage so as to display an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Shengji Yang, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9632311
    Abstract: A head-up display system for display on a windowpane includes: an image-generating display device configured to generate an image; and an optical system configured to deflect the generated image onto the windowpane. The image-generating display device is an electronic paper display device, the electronic paper display device including a curved image-generating surface having a curvature, the curvature of the image-generating surface being adjustable to adjust the curvature of the image-generating surface so as to compensate for image distortion occurring due to a curvature of the windowpane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Andrei Pasca
  • Patent number: 9633608
    Abstract: In one aspect, the display device includes a display panel including a first region and a second region, wherein the first region is configured to display a first image having a first luminance and wherein the second region is configured to display a second image having a second luminance. The display device also includes a panel driver configured to drive the first region at a first frequency and the second region at a second frequency less than the first frequency and a luminance compensator configured to compensate for the difference between the first and second luminances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Hwan Shin
  • Patent number: 9632622
    Abstract: Ground detection of a touch sensitive device is disclosed. The device can detect its grounded state so that poor grounding can be selectively compensated for in touch signals outputted by the device. The device can include one or more components to monitor certain conditions of the device. The device can analyze the monitored conditions to determine the grounding condition of the device. The device can apply a function to compensate its touch signal outputs if the device determines that it is poorly grounded. Conversely, the device can omit the function if the device determines that it is well grounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, David T. Amm, Michael Lammers, John T. Orchard, Brian Michael King, Omar Leung, Deniz Teoman