Patents Examined by William Boddie
  • Patent number: 10198098
    Abstract: Disclosed is the structure of a touch window. The touch window includes a transparent window, a touch sensor module on one surface of the transparent window, and a transfer film layer between the transparent window and the touch sensor module. The transfer film layer is provided in the touch sensor module to remove the structure of a printed pattern, so that the conventional problems related to the flatness caused by a printing step are solved, thereby improving the adhesive efficiency and expanding the realization range of various colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hoon Bae Park
  • Patent number: 10185356
    Abstract: For input devices of mobile apparatuses placing more importance on the portability and mobile apparatuses placing more importance on display unit such as displays, it is possible to provide an input device and an input method which can easily be operated by a user even if an input unit in the apparatuses is small. The input device includes: an input unit formed by first vibration detection units which detect vibration transmitted via a body of a user holding the input device when a part of the user's body is brought into contact, and a second vibration detection unit; and an input information identification module which calculates a detection time difference between the moment when the vibration is directed by the first vibration detection units and the moment when the vibration is directed by the second vibration detection unit and outputs a code signal corresponding to the time difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin Norieda
  • Patent number: 10180716
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products for providing a last known browsing location cue using movement-oriented biometric data are presented. Movement-oriented biometric data is received and used to detect that a user is distracted from a computer interface. A visual cue is provided indicating a last known browsing location. The visual cue may be provided after a certain amount of time or in response to detecting that the user's attention is returned to the computer interface. The visual cue may be removed after a certain amount of time or in response to detecting that the user's attention is returned to the computer interface. An inattention time corresponding to the user distraction may be determined and used to identify the last known browsing location. The biometric data may be compared to thresholds and profiles to determine whether the user is attentive or distracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Xin Feng, Paul Hilburger
  • Patent number: 10175807
    Abstract: An electronic device disclosed herein includes a touch screen controller to identify an island i.e., a matrix of acquired touch data values, the island including adjacent touch data values indicating a potential touch of a touch sensitive screen. A first sharpness of the island is calculated using a first normalization type and not a second normalization type. A second sharpness of the island is calculated using the first and second normalization types if the first sharpness is greater than the sharpness threshold. A dynamic variance threshold is determined as a function of the second sharpness. A dynamic strength threshold is determined as a function of the second sharpness if a variance of the island is greater than the dynamic variance threshold, and the island is determined to be a valid stylus island if the peak strength is greater than the dynamic strength threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Praveesh Chandran, Manivannan Ponnarasu, Mythreyi Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10168814
    Abstract: A force sensing device for electronic device. The force inputs may be detected by measuring changes in capacitance, as measured by surface flex of a device having a flexible touchable surface, causing flex at a compressible gap within the device. A capacitive sensor responsive to changes in distance across the compressible gap. The sensor can be positioned above or below, or within, a display element, and above or below, or within, a backlight unit. The device can respond to bending, twisting, or other deformation, to adjust those zero force measurements. The device can use measure of surface flux that appear at positions on the surface not directly the subject of applied force, such as when the user presses on a part of the frame or a surface without capacitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Hotelling, Martin P. Grunthaner, Peter W. Richards, Romain A. Teil, Charley T. Ogata, Michael B. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 10162444
    Abstract: A force-sensitive device for electronic device. The force inputs may be detected by measuring changes in capacitance, as measured by surface flex of a device having a flexible touchable surface, causing flex at a compressible gap within the device. A capacitive sensor responsive to changes in distance across the compressible gap. The sensor can be positioned above or below, or within, a display element, and above or below, or within, a backlight unit. The device can respond to bending, twisting, or other deformation, to adjust those zero force measurements. The device can use measure of surface flux that appear at positions on the surface not directly the subject of applied force, such as when the user presses on a part of the frame or a surface without capacitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charley T. Ogata, Martin P. Grunthaner, Michael B. Wittenberg, Peter W. Richards, Romain A. Teil, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10162411
    Abstract: In a motor vehicle, having at least one display device, a gaze direction of a vehicle occupant of the motor vehicle is detected and used to check whether the vehicle occupant has directed his gaze to a display region of the display device for at least a predefined gazing duration. If the gaze has been directed to the display region of the display device for at least the predefined gazing duration, an interaction mode of an operating device for controlling the display device is activated After the interaction mode has been activated, at least one predetermined criterion is used to determine whether control of the display device has been concluded. The interaction mode is maintained as long as it has been determined that the control of the display device has not been concluded or at least one other predetermined criterion has not yet been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marcus Kuehne, Ulrich Mueller, Johann Schneider
  • Patent number: 10162454
    Abstract: A touch display apparatus and an operation method of the touch display apparatus are provided. The touch display apparatus includes a flexible touch display panel, a transmission electrode, and a reception electrode. The flexible touch display panel is bendable along a bending line. The transmission electrode and the reception electrode are arranged in the flexible touch display panel. The transmission electrode and the reception electrode are symmetrically located on two sides of the bending line, respectively, so that the reception electrode can receive a signal transmitted from the transmission electrode when the flexible touch display panel is bent along the bending line. The display mode of the flexible touch display panel is determined according to whether the reception electrode receives the signal transmitted from the transmission electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Nai-Wen Shih, Jin-Ting Kuo
  • Patent number: 10146382
    Abstract: An assembly has an array of first electrodes distributed across an active area of the touchscreen assembly such that the density of first electrodes increases in a first direction across the touchscreen. An array of second electrodes is distributed across an active area of the touchscreen assembly such that the density of second electrodes decreases in the first direction across the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Harald Philipp
  • Patent number: 10146343
    Abstract: The purpose is to provide a terminal device that can be operated by a virtual operation key which is easy to use. The terminal device according to an aspect of the present invention comprises a display unit for displaying a virtual operation key, a touch panel for detecting contact by an inputting object on the virtual operation key, and a control unit for assessing whether a drag operation by the inputting object has been carried out on the basis of contact with the virtual operation key by the inputting object detected via the touch panel and controlling the display position of the virtual operation key, wherein the control unit modifies the display position of the virtual operation key in accordance with the contact position of the inputting object if the contact position of the inputting object exceeds a display area of the virtual operation key due to the drag operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Sawada
  • Patent number: 10147367
    Abstract: A memory in pixel, a data storage method, and a pixel array. The memory in pixel includes a data input unit, configured to read data voltage on a data line onto a first data latching terminal and a second data latching terminal; a first data latching circuit, configured to hold a level of the first data latching terminal; a second data latching circuit, configured to hold a level of the second data latching terminal; a drive control circuit, configured to enable a level of a drive node to be opposite to that of the first data latching terminal; and a drive circuit, configured to output a third power source voltage of a third power source voltage terminal to a output terminal and output a fourth power source voltage of a fourth power source voltage terminal to the output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen Tan, Jia Chen
  • Patent number: 10139952
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display face; a display function layer adapted to vary display on the display face in response to an inputted image signal; a plurality of driving electrodes disposed separately in one direction; a detection scanning control section configured to apply a detection driving voltage to some of the plural driving electrodes and carry out detection driving scanning while shifting an application object of the detection driving voltage in the one direction on the display face and then control the detection driving scanning such that jump shift of carrying out shift with a pitch of twice or more times a driving electrode pitch is included; and a plurality of sensor lines disposed separately in a direction different from the one direction and responding to touch or proximity of a detection object with or to the display face to exhibit an electric variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Takeya Takeuchi, Koji Noguchi, Koji Ishizaki, Yasuyuki Teranishi, Takayuki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10140945
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods that reduce power consumption for an electronics device including a display. The systems and methods alter video information in a display area and reduce power for a display device when a graphics item is enlarged and the enlargement threatens to increase perceived luminance for the graphics item or increase aggregate luminance for the display area. Altering the video information reduces the luminance of video information in at least the graphics item when enlarged. This may offset perceived luminance gained by human visual processing when an item increases in size. If the graphics item is smaller than the display area after enlargement, then other video information in the display area may also be altered to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: William J. Plut
  • Patent number: 10126851
    Abstract: An in-cell touch display device includes an in-cell touch panel, a backlight module driving circuit, a backlight module, a gate driving circuit, a touch processing circuit and a control circuit. The in-cell touch panel includes a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of touch sensing units. The control circuit is used for defining a plurality of gate line driving periods separated from each other in the time and at least one touch sensing period in a frame period. The touch sensing period is between two adjacent gate line driving periods. During the gate line driving periods, the control circuit controls the gate driving circuit to drive the gate lines sequentially and outputs a signal to the backlight module driving circuit to turn on the backlight module. During each touch sensing period, the control circuit controls the touch processing circuit to output a driving signal to the touch sensing units and outputs a signal to the backlight module driving circuit to turn off the backlight module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pi-Chun Yeh, Ching-Sheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10121427
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device is provided. The liquid crystal display device includes an over driving data generator that compares a gray level of a data signal of a present frame with a gray level of a data signal of a previous frame to output an over driving data signal. The data signal has a bit number of n. A data drive IC generates level voltages having a number of more than 2n and outputs one of the level voltages of the over driving data signal. A liquid crystal panel includes a pixel applied with the one of the level voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Ho You, Yong-Sung Ham
  • Patent number: 10120420
    Abstract: This document describes a lockable display and techniques enabling use of a lockable display. The techniques can enable computing devices to lock and unlock a display using little or no power and with a seamless design. The techniques and apparatuses can also enable integration between a lockable display and various computing devices, including to create a nearly seamless physical and functional design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nabil Bathiche, Panos C. Panay, Ralf Groene, Joseph B. Gault, Andrew William Hill
  • Patent number: 10114500
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a driving unit, a driving method and a driving circuit of a touch driving electrode and a touch display panel. The driving unit of the touch driving electrode includes a start signal shift sub-unit, configured to control a start signal output terminal to output a first level during an adjacent time period next to a time period in which a potential of the start signal is the first level, then reset the start control signal so as to control the start control signal output terminal output the second level, and control the touch driving signal output terminal to output a touch scanning signal when the potential of the start control signal and the potential of the touch control signal are both the first level. The first clock signal has a phase opposite to that of the second clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., ORDOS YUANSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fei Huang, Jian Sun, Cheng Li
  • Patent number: 10095358
    Abstract: A method and system for driving capacitive pixels in a touch sensor device using a multi-level drive scheme. The drive scheme includes driving a transmitter electrode with a boosted voltage for a first period, and driving the transmitter electrode with a second voltage for a second period. The multi-level transmitter signal is determined based on different settling responses associated with the capacitive pixels of the touch sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Petr Shepelev, Adam Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10068538
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a display device comprising: a display unit; a plurality of electrodes arranged side by side in a first direction along a display surface of the display unit; a detecting unit that detects one of an electric resistance of the electrodes, a voltage, and a current; and a specifying unit that specifies temperature distribution of the display surface based on the one of the electric resistance of the electrodes, the voltage, and the current. The electrodes are tapered in a second direction along the display surface and orthogonal to the first direction, and the electrodes include a first electrode tapered toward one side in the second direction and a second electrode tapered toward the other side opposite to the one side. The first and second electrodes are alternately arranged side by side in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Chihiro Tanaka, Toshihiko Tanaka, Toshinori Uehara
  • Patent number: 10055031
    Abstract: An input apparatus including an electronic pen and a terminal having a foldable display unit is provided. An electronic pen generates an ultrasonic signal and an infrared signal. A terminal detects the ultrasonic signal and the infrared signal and calculates coordinate information of the electronic pen based on the received ultrasonic signal and the infrared signal. The terminal determines coordinate information of the electronic pen with respect to the foldable display unit by measuring a folding angle of the foldable display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Gook Park, Hyun Jin Kim, Min Kyu Park