Patents Examined by Stephen Sherman
  • Patent number: 9977502
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein to assist users to operate non-physical controls in situations where the users are unable to visually locate the controls. According to one embodiment, the device containing the non-physical controls is designed to give non-visual feedback to the user based, at least on part, on the distance between (a) the current position of user input, and (b) the location of the non-physical control. At least one characteristic of the non-visual feedback changes as that distance changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Amir C. Djavaherian
  • Patent number: 9971435
    Abstract: A method for transmitting emotions in accordance with a touch pressure, a touch area and a touch time period may include: determining characteristics of a message; detecting at least one of the magnitude of the touch pressure, touch area, and touch time period of the touch when the touch is input to a touch screen of a sender's terminal; changing state information of the characteristics in accordance with at least one of the detected magnitude of the touch pressure, touch area, and touch time period of the touch; and transmitting the message including the changed state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HIDEEP INC.
    Inventors: Yunjoung Kim, Seyeob Kim, Sangsic Yoon, Bonkee Kim, Hojun Moon, Taehoon Kim, Sunyoung Kwon
  • Patent number: 9965028
    Abstract: Provided is a method for proximity sensing in an interactive display and a method of processing a proximity sensing image. The method for proximity-sensing may include suspending, in a three-dimensional (3D) space, at least one hand of a user to manipulate at least one of a viewpoint of the user and a position of a virtual object displayed on a screen, and changing the virtual object by manipulating at least one of the position of the virtual object and the viewpoint of the user based on the suspending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung In Yoo, Du Sik Park, Chang Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9965170
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method, including: accepting, at a touch input component, touch input; rendering, on a display device, the touch input; determining, using a processor, multi-touch controlling input for controlling the touch input; mapping, using the processor, the multi-touch controlling input to a predetermined control action; and applying the control action to the touch input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Feng, Jeffrey E. Skinner
  • Patent number: 9958958
    Abstract: An interactive projector includes an imaging section adapted to take an image of a projected screen, a correlation value calculation section adapted to calculate a correlation value between each of template images used to detect the pointing element and a taken image taken by the imaging section and including the pointing element to generate a first correlation value for each of the template images, a correlation value map generation section adapted to generate a correlation value map representing the correlation values between the plurality of template images and the taken image based on the plurality of first correlation values generated for the respective template images, and a pointing element detection section adapted to extract a high correlation value area in the correlation value map, and calculate a centroid of the correlation values in the high correlation value area to thereby detect a tip position of the pointing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hallvard Naess
  • Patent number: 9952696
    Abstract: An array substrate comprises a substrate, transistors arranged on the substrate, a first transparent electrode electrically connected with a drain of the transistor, and a second transparent electrode arranged between the first transparent electrode and the substrate. The first transparent electrode comprises strip-shaped electrodes electrically connected with each other. The second transparent electrode corresponds to the first transparent electrode and comprises electrode sets insulated from each other. Each of the plurality of electrode sets comprises two sub-electrodes arranged in the same layer, insulated from each, and arranged in a staggered and complementary manner. The sub-electrodes of the second transparent electrode act as a common electrode in a first preset time and a touch control electrode in a second preset time. A method for controlling the array substrate and a liquid crystal display device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shengji Yang
  • Patent number: 9952823
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods of seamless displays are generally described herein. In some embodiments, a backpanel device comprising display drive circuitry can be removably coupled with a display device via an array of contact members. The display device can include image-producing elements or pixels that can be selectively driven by the backpanel device via corresponding portions of the array of contact members. Multiple display devices can be disposed adjacently on one or more backpanel devices such that an image displayed across the multiple display devices appears seamless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Johanna M. Swan, Uygar Avci, Islam A. Salama, Ravi Pillarisetty
  • Patent number: 9955557
    Abstract: Disclosed are a lighting device, a lighting system including the same, and a method of operating the same. The lighting device includes a communication unit receiving contents through communication with an outside, a content analyzing unit detecting an output state of the contents by analyzing the contents received through the communication unit, a storage unit storing information of a driving condition of a lighting unit corresponding to the output state of the contents, a controller extracting the information of the driving condition of the lighting unit corresponding to the detected output state of the contents from the storage unit and allowing the lighting unit to operate according to the contents based on the information of the driving condition of the lighting unit, and a lighting unit driver outputting a driving signal used to drive the lighting unit according to a control signal of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Won Shin
  • Patent number: 9947270
    Abstract: A pixel circuit, display device, and method of driving a pixel circuit enabling source-follower output with no deterioration of luminance even with a change of the current-voltage characteristic of the light emitting element along with elapse, enabling a source-follower circuit of n-channel transistors, and able to use an n-channel transistor as an EL drive transistor while using current anode-cathode electrodes. The circuit includes a source of a TFT used as a drive transistor that is connected to an anode of a light emitting element, and a drain of the TFT is connected to a power source potential. A capacitor is connected between a gate and source of the TFT, and a source potential of the TFT is connected to a fixed potential through a TFT used as a switching transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhide Uchino, Junichi Yamashita, Tetsuro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9946362
    Abstract: A system for inputting commands to a processor. A processor detects an object in one or more images and extracts one or more image analysis parameters associated with the object. A first motion detection test is applied to the one or more image analysis parameters. Based on a result of the first motion detection test, a second motion detection test is applied to the one or more image analysis parameters. A command associated with the second motion detection test is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: eyeSight Mobile Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Itay Katz
  • Patent number: 9946353
    Abstract: A message processing method for a portable electronic device includes the steps of: detecting, by a motion sensor, a plurality of first knocks of an object on the portable electronic device and generating a plurality of first detecting signals according to the plurality of first knocks; and encoding, by an encoding system, the plurality of first detecting signals to generate a first message code, wherein a first message is decodable from the first message code by a decoding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsi Liu, Wei-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9946298
    Abstract: A wearable device interactive system and techniques, methods and apparatuses thereof are described. A wearable device may sense a user input by a hand of the user, analyze the user input, and perform one or more operations responsive to a result of the analysis. For example, the wearable device may launch an application corresponding to the user input. As another example, the wearable device may recognize a text at a fingertip of the user and determine a location of the wearable device to determine a context, and launch an application corresponding to the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Kai Chang, Yu-Hao Huang, Chun-Chia Chen, Tsu-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9940001
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling a portable electronic device comprising a touch-sensitive display is disclosed. The computer-implemented method allows the portable electronic device to detect contact and movement of contact on the touch-sensitive display, and in response to the detected contact and movement of content to browse and select categories of elements and elements. Accordingly, a user may be allowed to select a specific element belonging to a specific category by use of only one contact with the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CAMAR ApS
    Inventors: Christina Agger, Kasper Larsen, Dennis H√łedt Thomsen
  • Patent number: 9939917
    Abstract: A data entry pad is described herein comprising a plurality of keys with each corresponding to a predefined sequence of characters indicative of at least one of a geographic size and geographic location related to land or mineral interests. A data entry pad is also described herein comprising a plurality of distinct and non-overlapping regions with at least one region of the plurality of distinct and non-overlapping regions encompassing a plurality of keys with each key corresponding to a predefined sequence of characters indicative of at least one of a geographic size and geographic location related to land or mineral interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Horizon Landboards, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Evan Jordan
  • Patent number: 9928768
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. In one aspect, the device includes a substrate including a display area and a non-display area surrounding the display area and a plurality of pixels formed in the display area. The device also includes a plurality of signal lines formed over the substrate and electrically connected to the pixels and an encapsulation layer formed over the substrate, wherein the signal lines include. The device further includes a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines formed over the substrate and a first crack sensing line electrically connected to a first one of the data lines and overlapping the encapsulation layer in the depth dimension of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Wan Kim, Won Kyu Kwak
  • Patent number: 9923776
    Abstract: An electronic workspace may be created from multiple viewer devices. The viewer devices are coordinated so that each exhibits a different visual identification characteristic such as a distinct or unique color. Content can be assigned by way of a user interface in which individual viewer devices are represented by visual icons that exhibit the same visual identification characteristics as the respective viewer devices, so that a user may easily distinguish between the available viewer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James David Meyers
  • Patent number: 9916053
    Abstract: There is disclosed a user interface unit for an electronic device, said user interface unit comprising a two-dimensional capacitive sensor structure, wherein the capacitive sensor structure comprises an array of corner sensor elements each comprising a capacitor over its area, and wherein the capacitive sensor structure further comprises a central sensor element located between the corner sensor elements and comprising a capacitor over its area. Furthermore, there is disclosed a corresponding electronic device, as well as a corresponding method of manufacturing a user interface unit for an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Suwald
  • Patent number: 9916040
    Abstract: A bandpass sense amplifier circuit (FIG. 2A) is disclosed. The circuit includes a capacitor (C0) having a first terminal coupled to receive an input signal (Vin) and a second terminal. A current conveyor circuit (200-206,212) has a third terminal (X) coupled to the second terminal of the capacitor and a fourth terminal (Z) arranged to mirror a current into the third terminal. A voltage follower circuit (214) has an input terminal coupled to the fourth terminal of the current conveyor circuit and an output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Karan Singh Jain, Harish Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 9916043
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a detection unit configured to detect, from an image obtained by capturing a predetermined object, one or more indicated positions indicated by the predetermined object, an extraction unit configured to extract, from the image, feature information indicating a state of the predetermined object, the feature information being different from the indicated positions, a first recognition unit configured to recognize, based on a change in a positional relationship between two or more of the indicated positions, an operation to be input to the apparatus, a second recognition unit configured to, based on a change in the feature information, recognize an operation to be input to the apparatus, and an output unit configured to output either one of recognition results of the first recognition unit and the second recognition unit, the either one of recognition results being selected based on a shift of a number of the indicated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Kamamori
  • Patent number: 9910488
    Abstract: A motion guide display device includes a head-mountable image display device that displays an image, a camera that takes a self image from a first person perspective, an image display processing unit that displays a reference image from a first person perspective as a following target and the self image at the display unit alternately in a time-dividing manner under the condition generating a blending feeling, and a display mode setting unit that lets the image display processing unit operate within the range of cycles (frequencies) and self-other ratios as the condition generating a blending feeling. This can bring the blending feeling with the reference image, and can support the continuation of spontaneous following motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Taro Maeda, Hideyuki Ando, Hiroyuki Izuka, Tomoko Yonemura, Daisuke Kondo, Takumi Yokosaka