Patents Examined by Yuk Chow
  • Patent number: 9645655
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for implementing integrated keys on a user input device. In one embodiment, the method includes detecting an initial input in either a first or second proximity sensor device. The first proximity sensor device may be integrated into a first key of the user input device and the second proximity sensor device may be integrated into a second key of the user input device that is proximate to the first key. The method may further include starting a first timer upon sensing the initial input. The method may further activate one of a first input mode or second input mode. The first input mode may be activated absent detection of a key input before the first timer expires. The second input mode is activated if a key input is detected before the first timer expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary I. Dickenson, Richard Hutzler
  • Patent number: 9606685
    Abstract: A touch sensing device and 2D sensing information update method used therein is disclosed. Before updating the 2D sensing information for use as a reference 2D sensing information, the processor determines the touch sensing panel is under an abnormal condition if any flatness index is smaller than a predetermined flatness index negative reference value or larger than a predetermined flatness index positive reference value, and will then keep measuring the capacitive coupling amount at each sensing point and getting respective flatness indexes, and will then update the 2D sensing information for use as a reference 2D sensing information when all the flatness indexes are in the range between the predetermined flatness index negative reference value and the predetermined flatness index positive reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Chin-Fu Chang, Shang-Tai Yeh
  • Patent number: 9600128
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a touch control device and touch determination method thereof. When a processor determines a capacitive coupling variation of a sensing point at a sensing panel of the touch sensitive device is smaller than a predetermined negative threshold or larger than a predetermined positive threshold, the processor then computes from local 2D sensing information of second 2D sensing information measured at the sensing point, to obtain a flatness index, The processor determine that the sensing point is not touched by any external object if the flatness index is between a predetermined flatness index negative reference value and a predetermined flatness index positive reference value that indicates the capacitive coupling amount at the sensing point is changed by the sensing point is not touched by any external object, whereby a false touch control determination due to removing water drop on the touch sensing panel can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: eGalax_eMPIA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Fu Chang, Shang-Tai Yeh
  • Patent number: 9480919
    Abstract: Virtual entities are displayed alongside real world entities in a wearable reality overlay device worn by the user. Information related to an environment proximate to the wearable device is determined. For example, a position of the wearable device may be determined, a camera may capture an image of the environment, etc. Virtual entity image information representative of an entity desired to be virtually displayed is processed based on the determined information. An image of the entity is generated based on the processed image information as a non-transparent region of a lens of the wearable device, enabling the entity to appear to be present in the environment to the user. The image of the entity may conceal a real world entity that would otherwise be visible to the user through the wearable device. Other real world entities may be visible to the user through the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Kalaboukis, Stephan Douris, Marc Perry, Barry Crane
  • Patent number: 9460029
    Abstract: Pressure sensitive key techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a device includes at least one pressure sensitive key having a flexible contact layer spaced apart from a sensor substrate by a spacer layer, the flexible contact layer configured to flex responsive to pressure to contact the sensor substrate to initiate an input, for a computing device, associated with the pressure sensitive key. At least one of the flexible contact layer or the sensor substrate are configured to at least partially normalize an output resulting from pressure applied at a first location of the flexible contact layer with an output resulting from pressure applied at a second location of the flexible contact layer that has lesser flexibility than the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy C. Shaw, Jim Tom Belesiu, Paul Henry Dietz, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Dennis J. Mathias
  • Patent number: 9292203
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for providing a vertical candidate bar with an on-screen keyboard are presented. In some embodiments, a computing device may display a keyboard on a touch-sensitive display screen. The keyboard may be a split keyboard that includes two panels of keys displayed on opposite sides of the display screen. The device also may display a candidate bar on the display screen, and the candidate bar may be vertically aligned with the keyboard. As character input is received via the keyboard, the device may update the candidate bar to include various candidate characters that are determined based on the received character input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Morgan H. Winer
  • Patent number: 9274559
    Abstract: A flexible display apparatus including: a first film including a first surface and a second surface that are opposite each other, and a first groove formed in the first surface, the first film having a first rigidity; a third film on the second surface of the first film; a fourth film facing the third film; an emission display unit between and encapsulated by the third film and the fourth film; and a second film on the fourth film and facing the first film, the second film having a second rigidity that is less than the first rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Valeriy Prushinskiy, Won-Sik Hyun, Hyong-Yeol Na, Min-Soo Kim, Mu-Gyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 9244534
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a transparent keypad having a plurality of key regions, a first transparent sheet having first conductive patterns to detect touch inputs on respective ones of the key regions, a plurality of luminous elements aligned with the key regions, and a second transparent sheet having second conductive patterns coupled to respective ones of the luminous elements. The first and second conductive patterns are transparent and the second conductive patterns deliver signals to the luminous elements to light the key regions. The keypad may be mounted on a slider for sliding into and out of a main body of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Gihoon Tho
  • Patent number: 9215301
    Abstract: The electronic device comprises a data processing facility (8), a flexible panel (3), and a facility (4,5) for arranging the panel at least into an extended shape (FIG. 1A) and into a compact shape (FIG. 1B). The flexible panel includes—a display structure (20) responsive to output signals (Sout) from the data processing facility (8), —a touch sensitive structure (22) arranged for providing input signals 10 (Sin) to the data processing facility (8) indicative for a change of capacitance at a position where a pointing device approaches the panel (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Nicolaas Aldegonda Jan Maria van Aerle, Michel Josephus Marie Somers, Petrus Johannes Gerardus van Lieshout, Johannes Cornelis Adriaan Hamers
  • Patent number: 9208739
    Abstract: A gate driver for controlling a display apparatus is disclosed. The gate driver includes a logic circuit for generating a plurality of switch signals, a breaking signal and a plurality of sharing signals, a plurality of buffers, each for determining to provide a first voltage or a second voltage according to one of the plurality of switch signals to generate a gate driving signal, and a charge recycle module for sharing charges with a plurality of loads according to the plurality of sharing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tse-Hung Wu, Li-Tang Lin
  • Patent number: 9208721
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an organic EL display apparatus includes: obtaining a representative current (I)-voltage (V) characteristic of a display panel including pixels each having an organic EL device and a driving transistor; dividing the display panel into a plurality of divided regions, and calculating a light-emitting efficiency and a light-emission starting current value for each of the divided regions calculated by a luminance (L)-I characteristic of the divided region; measuring luminance of light emitted from each of the pixels and calculating an L-V characteristic of each of the pixels; calculating an I-V characteristic of each pixel by dividing each luminance value of the L-V characteristic calculated for the pixel by light-emitting efficiency, and by adding a light-emission starting current value; and calculating a correction parameter for each pixel such that the I-V characteristic of each pixel is corrected to the representative I-V characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventors: Rie Odawara, Yasuo Segawa
  • Patent number: 9202412
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an organic EL display apparatus includes: obtaining a representative current (I)-voltage (V) characteristic of a display panel including pixels each having an organic EL device and a driving transistor; dividing the display panel into a plurality of divided regions, and calculating a light-emitting efficiency and an offset luminance value for each of the divided regions calculated by an I-luminance (L) characteristic of the divided region; measuring luminance of light emitted from each of the pixels and calculating an L-V characteristic of each of the pixels; calculating an L-V characteristic of each divided region by dividing each current value of the representative I-V characteristic by light-emitting efficiency, and by adding an offset luminance value; and calculating a correction parameter for each pixel such that the L-V characteristic of each pixel is corrected to the L-V characteristic of the divided region including the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventors: Rie Odawara, Yasuo Segawa
  • Patent number: 9183792
    Abstract: A display apparatus comprises pixels (18) associated with intersections of select electrodes (17) and data electrodes (11) and having a bistable operation. A select driver (16) supplies select voltages (VG) to the select electrodes (17) to select a group of pixels (18). A data driver (10) supplies data voltages (VD) to the data electrodes (11) to supply the data voltages (VD) to the group of pixels (18) being selected. A common driver (25) supplies a backplane voltage (VB) to a common electrode (6) common for the group of pixels (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HJ FOREVER PATENTS B.V.
    Inventors: Alex Henzen, Daniel Wiermans, Patrick Janssen
  • Patent number: 9183791
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a driving method for an image display apparatus which includes an image display panel and a signal processing section; the driving method including the steps, further carried out by the signal processing section, of calculating a third subpixel output signal to a (p,q)th first pixel, based at least on a third subpixel input signal to the (p,q)th first pixel and a third subpixel input signal to the (p,q)th second signal, and outputting the third subpixel output signal to the third subpixel of the (p,q)th first pixel; and further calculating a fourth subpixel output signal to the (p,q)th second pixel based at least on the third subpixel input signal to the (p,q)th second pixel and the third subpixel input signal to the (p+1,q)th first pixel and outputting the fourth subpixel output signal to the fourth subpixel of the (p,q)th second pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: JAPAN DISPLAY INC.
    Inventors: Amane Higashi, Akira Sakaigawa, Masaaki Kabe, Yasuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9170729
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of controlling a touch-surface control device characterized in that it comprises a step of shape recognition of a control trajectory on a touch surface from among at least two predefined shapes of trajectory, in which in the course of a predetermined duration (dT): the control trajectory is sampled in order to determine a sampled angle (d?) of the control trajectory for each sampling period (Te), a parameter representative of the evolution of at least two sampled angles (d?) is compared with a predetermined threshold, and a predefined trajectory shape is assigned to the control trajectory as a function of the result of the comparison. The invention also relates to a control device comprising a tough surface characterized in that it comprises a processing unit for implementing a control method as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Bruno Cottarel, Florent De Vaux Bidon, Cedric Chartrain
  • Patent number: 9163994
    Abstract: An electronic mirror and a method for displaying an image using the electronic mirror are provided. The electronic mirror may include a display unit, a detecting unit and a control unit. The detecting unit may receive a signal transmitted from the outside. The control unit may control the detecting unit and the display unit to display the signal received at the detecting unit on the display unit as an image. The image displayed on the display unit may be output from the electronic mirror through the detecting unit. The electronic mirror may further include a reflecting unit. A light from the outside may pass through the detecting unit and the display unit and then be reflected on the reflecting unit. The reflected light may be output from the electronic mirror through the display unit and the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan Wook Baik, Sun il Kim, Changwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9159257
    Abstract: The organic light emitting display includes a plurality of pixels positioned at intersections of scan lines, emission control lines, and data lines, a scan driver for sequentially supplying scan signals to the scan lines at a first driving frequency in order to select the pixels in units of horizontal lines, and an emission driver for sequentially supplying emission control signals to the emission control lines at a second driving frequency different from the first driving frequency in order to control emission of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keum-Nam Kim, Sang-Moo Choi, Bo-Yong Chung, Hui Nam
  • Patent number: 9152255
    Abstract: Management and application methods and systems for an electronic apparatus having touch-sensitive devices are provided. First, at least one sensing electrode of a touch-sensitive device is scanned. It is determined whether a sensed value corresponding to the sensing electrode is greater than a first threshold value and whether the sensed value corresponding to the sensing electrode is greater than a second threshold value, wherein the second threshold value is greater than the first threshold value. When the sensed value is greater than the first threshold value, and is not greater than the second threshold value, it is determined that a first event is detected by the touch-sensitive device, for example, an object is close to the touch-sensitive device. When the sensed value is greater than the second threshold value, it is determined that a second event is detected by the touch-sensitive device, for example, the touch-sensitive device is touched by the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ming-Te Lai
  • Patent number: 9111446
    Abstract: Method for the output of text information via a display in a driver information system in a motor vehicle is provided, the display having a predetermined display capacity, the extent of the information to be output being adapted to the capacity of the display, and the text information or the information elements to be output being divided into at least two components each. The information or information elements are output to the full extent if allowed by the display capacity, and an abbreviation is output for at least one component of an item of information or an information element to be output if the capacity of the display is not sufficient for output of the complete information or a complete unit of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Heinz-Werner Pfeiffer, Ulrich Kersken
  • Patent number: 9087479
    Abstract: A flat panel display device formed in a pentile structure is provided, which includes a pixel portion and a lighting tester. The pixel portion includes a first pixel column, a second pixel column and a third pixel column. In the first pixel column, first pixels for displaying a first color and second pixels for displaying a second color are alternately arranged in a direction the data lines. In the second pixel column, first and second pixels arranged in reverse order of the first pixel column in a direction parallel to the data lines. In the third pixel column, third pixels for displaying a third color are arranged in a direction parallel to the data lines. The lighting tester applies a first voltage to the first pixel column and applies a second voltage to the second pixel column during a first time period. The lighting tester applies the second voltage to the first pixel column and applies the first voltage to the second pixel column during a second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ok-Kyung Park, Ji-Hyun Ka