Patents Examined by Steven Saras
  • Patent number: 6970154
    Abstract: The display kit of the present invention comprises: an addressable display medium configured to exhibit a first aspect under the influence of an addressing vector field in a first direction at an addressing magnitude; and an addressor; where the addressor is configured to provide the addressing vector field in the first direction at the addressing magnitude to a portion of the display medium; and a filter comprising: a first sheet electrode and a second sheet electrode configured to exhibit a first vector field in the first direction at a first magnitude to the portion of the display medium; where the first magnitude is less than the addressing magnitude; where the display medium is located between the first sheet electrode and the second sheet electrode; and where the first sheet electrode is between the addressor and the display medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank
    Inventor: Nicholas K. Sheridon
  • Patent number: 6903724
    Abstract: An electronic device, for example a handheld telephone, having an integrated joystick with a conductive contact surface disposed toward a printed circuit board (PCB). The joystick is aligned with a neutral position contact portion of the PCB when the joystick is in a neutral position. A joystick contact region of the PCB has a plurality of directional contacts disposed circumferentially around the neutral position portion, corresponding to different joystick input directions. The conductive portion of the joystick electrically interconnects a ground contact with a corresponding one of the directional switch contacts when the joystick is pivoted in a corresponding input direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris J. Grivas, Michael F. Brletich, William Lee
  • Patent number: 6803899
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid crystal display apparatus including a plurality of chiral nematic liquid crystal display layers stacked on each other. To compensate temperature dependency, a control unit, in accordance with a temperature detected by a temperature detection unit, adjusts at least one of a voltage level and a pulse width of a pulse signal be applied to at least one of the liquid crystal display. In one embodiment, the control unit retrieves the detected temperature before driving the liquid crystal display successively, and commonly uses the detected temperature for the successive drives. In another embodiment, the control unit does not adjust a voltage level nor a pulse width of a first reset pulse signal that is for setting the liquid crystal material to a homeotropic phase regardless of the detected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Masazumi, Makiko Mandai, Katsuhiko Asai
  • Patent number: 6801180
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device having a plurality of write lines and a plurality of data lines that are correspondingly disposed in an array pattern having a dot array as a minimum unit of display. Within the dot array pattern can be provided n sets of storage circuits storing image signals due to driving the connected write and data lines, current-driven luminescent elements for emitting light depending on an amount of current supplied, and display control sections for supplying an electric current in an amount dependent upon an electric power supplied to the current-driven luminescent elements. The sets can be given the same form in respect of cost, occupation area and so on. Each set is adjusted in brightness by the supply of an electric power depending on a place value represented by the image signals stored in the storage circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yojiro Matsueda
  • Patent number: 6798396
    Abstract: A foot switch, interface and associated software, the foot switch having a plurality of switch positions and which permits the operator to duplicate the equivalent series of keyboard entries for the operation of computer functions by means of foot manipulation utilizing the foot switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Air Techniques, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot R. Gemunder, Jeff Nagel
  • Patent number: 6798429
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simple to use intuitive interface for mobile devices and, in particular, to a method and apparatus to permit the motion of a mobile device to serve as an input to the mobile device. In various embodiments, the relative and/or absolute motion, distance and/or acceleration for instance, of the mobile device may be mapped to correspond to particular commands. In one embodiment, this permits the display screen of the mobile device to serve as a virtual window to view a large data set by modifying the view of the displayed data according to the motion of the mobile device. In another embodiment, the present invention allows the user to navigate a virtual space, displayed on the screen of the mobile device, by the motion of the mobile device in real space. Additionally, the user may also control the different displayed views of virtual objects by the relative and/or absolute motion of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Gary R. Bradski
  • Patent number: 6784877
    Abstract: An image control method and apparatus for a digital monitor that is capable of controlling a contrast and a color temperature in the digital monitor is disclosed. In the method, an offset control signal is produced. A digital input signal is added to the offset control signal. An added value of the digital input signal and the offset control signal is limited within a desired reference value. Accordingly, a contrast and a color temperature of the digital input signal can be controlled in the digital monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hee Kim, Han Sang Lee, Hee Gyung Yoon
  • Patent number: 6778154
    Abstract: Rise time in matrix_LED displays is decreased by providing extra current via capacitive (37) of column electrodes (12) to a circuit (39) providing peak currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Jeroen Van Velzen
  • Patent number: 6778161
    Abstract: A central symmetric Gamma voltage correction circuit is mainly applied to the displaying circuit of liquid-crystal display. By installing a resistor voltage dividing circuit and a driving circuit so that a well adjustment way to the Gamma correction voltage can be acquired. Moreover, the value of the Gamma correction voltage is controlled by externally inputting voltage, and thus the number of external correction reference voltage input externally and the number of the amplifiers are reduced. The resistor voltage dividing circuit and driving circuit are formed by a plurality of resistors, adjustable resistors and amplifiers so as to achieve the object of reducing the number of externally inputting correction voltages and the number of amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ming-Daw Chen, Yuhren Shen
  • Patent number: 6778156
    Abstract: A method for examining quality of a flat panel display device is disclosed, in which good/fail of the flat panel display device is automatically examined to improve efficiency of the operation and obtain exact examined result. The method for examining good/fail of a flat panel display device includes the steps of inputting defect data for each process step, automatically examining good/fail of the panel depending on the input defect data, and measuring good/fail and yield of a glass based on the examined result of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gun Hee Lee, Wi Jin Nam
  • Patent number: 6771256
    Abstract: Described is a remotely programmable control device for use in electroluminescent display and lighting applications. Elements of this invention include a power supply, various inverters/wave form conditioners, a motherboard, inbound/outbound communications capability, motion-sensing devices, ambient light sensing facilities, and a floppy disk reader. Remote programmability is achieved through several methods including detecting the driving instructions from the lamp display itself, or downloading data from a remote network or a floppy disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: iGraphics, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Abraham, Bryan D. Haynes, Matthew Wilkinson, Mark Musal
  • Patent number: 6771241
    Abstract: The invention provides an active matrix type display device which realizes an image display of multiple gray scale exhibiting high numerical aperture and high definition with a least number of wiring by having an image memory circuit equivalent to a static memory circuit without using two voltages, that is, high and low voltages. Pixels are arranged at portions where a plurality of scanning lines (selection signal lines) and a plurality of signal lines (data lines (video signal lines)) intersect each other, each pixel is comprised of a pixel electrode, a switching element which selects the pixel electrode and a memory circuit which stores data to be written in the pixel electrode, and a power supply line which applies an AC voltage to the memory circuit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Miyazawa, Tomohiko Sato
  • Patent number: 6771244
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an assembly of a driving circuit for the display apparatus having a display device, a film carrier with a lead to transfer a signal for driving the display device, and a bus board to supply a signal to the lead. A dummy lead is provided along the outside of each of an input side outer lead and an output side outer lead of the film carrier. A predetermined voltage is applied to the dummy leads. The predetermined voltage value is set to a value so as not to stationarily cause a DC bias for the voltage of the outer lead on the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Mori, Hiroyuki Yokomizo, Masanori Takahashi, Kenji Niibori, Seiji Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 6771282
    Abstract: In a matrix display device, when cells of first to third colors composing one pixel are first to third cells, the second cell is disposed on one side of the first cell in a signal line alignment direction while disposing the third cell on the other side of the first cell in a scanning line alignment direction, and the first to third cells form the shape of a letter L. One pixel and another pixel adjacent to either side of the former pixel in the scanning line alignment direction are a first pixel in the shape of the letter L and a second pixel in the shape of the letter L and in a state rotating by 180° with respect to the first pixel, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Yanagi, Takafumi Kawaguchi, Taketoshi Nakano
  • Patent number: 6768483
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for providing restrained, streamlined access to a computerized information source. The system—which works in association with a multipurpose computer—includes a discrete article, such as an advertising specialty like a mouse pad, having facilities to receive a user input and, in turn, generate a unique predetermined signal based on the input. The system further includes software for configuring the computer to respond to each unique predetermined signal by executing one or more commands, as selected and stored within the software. Each configuration can be dynamically locked such that the commands to be executed upon the unique input are not alterable without an authorization mechanism, such as a password. The software also responds to receipt of one of the unique predetermined signals by executing the commands associated with the received signal. A method for performing same is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Prosisa Overseas, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Nachinson, Richard Krebs, Richard Watson, Thomas Becker, Gregory Morton
  • Patent number: 6765555
    Abstract: A passive optical mouse is provided. The mouse does not require an interrogating light source. Instead, the mouse includes a sensor array and lens assembly that captures ambient images from arbitrary sources. A comparison is made between successive images to determine movement of the mouse. The movement of the mouse causes a movement vector to be output, which is used to control movement of a cursor of a computer. In addition, the mouse is configured to provide dual mode operation wherein the mouse can also operate as a video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Wu
  • Patent number: 6762754
    Abstract: A device is miniaturized by efficiently using an area on a substrate in a liquid-crystal device, and the like, of a type in which a driving circuit is contained and plural data lines are driven simultaneously. On a substrate of a liquid-crystal device, a sampling circuit for sampling an image signal, and a data line driving circuit for supplying a sampling control signal simultaneously to each group of sampling switches connected to plural adjacent data lines are provided. The data line driving circuit includes a buffer circuit including inverters having thin-film transistors for shaping the waveform of a transfer signal which is input from a shift register circuit and for outputting it as a sampling control signal in such a manner as to correspond to each latch circuit. This thin-film transistor, whose direction of its channel width is in the horizontal direction, includes a channel portion having a channel width equal to the width of plural data lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Murade
  • Patent number: 6762753
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes a plurality of input IDTs for exciting surface acoustic waves and a plurality of output IDTs for receiving the surface acoustic waves, corresponding to a plurality of tracks on a non-piezoelectric substrate, and each input IDT has a wideband electrode structure and each output IDT has a matched filter structure for outputting a large output upon receipt of a specific binary signal sequence. A signal obtained by arranging a plurality of specific signal sequences in time series is applied to each input IDT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Satoh, Fumihiko Nakazawa, Satoshi Sano
  • Patent number: 6760013
    Abstract: A hand held gaming and data entry system (100, 100′, 100″) has an ergonomic housing (102) including thumb operated controls (104) which generate a first set of electrical signals, and finger operated controls (106, 106′) which generate a second set of electrical signals when operated independently. The first set of electrical signals and second set of electrical signals define all of the lower case alphabetic characters of an alphabet, such being generated without the user having to remove a finger or thumb from a HOME switch operator or switch grouping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Alphagrip, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Willner, Scott M. Arnel
  • Patent number: RE38637
    Abstract: An electronic data collection device configured in a substantially two-dimensional arrangement is disclosed. The data collection device uses inexpensive flexible sheet materials to provide a flat framework in which to situate an interconnected combination of electronic components. The components provide an interactive function to supply input-output, control, and power functions. Components can include an information display, switches for responding to questions displayed on the information display, memory for storing responses to the questions, and a controller for controlling the operation of the data collection device. In addition, the device is provided with a data transfer interface that permits stored responses to be gathered by a response data accumulation device, such as a computer, having a corresponding interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: iPaper, LLC
    Inventor: Jim Paul Willard