Patents by Inventor Abraham S. Farag

Abraham S. Farag has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7196690
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a movable cursor control device is provided for controlling a cursor on a display screen of a digital processing system. One exemplary cursor control device comprises a housing, an electromagnetic emitting device coupled to the housing, and an electromagnetic detector coupled to the housing. The electromagnetic detector detects reflections of signals emitted from the electromagnetic emitting device and determines when the housing has been lifted from a surface. In another aspect of the invention, an exemplary method is provided for controlling a cursor on a display screen of a digital processing system. The exemplary method includes holding the cursor relative to an object on the display screen using a cursor control device activated by a user, detecting that the user no longer activates the cursor control device, and detecting that the user has lifted the cursor control device from a surface when the cursor control device is no longer activated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham S. Farag, Bartley K. Andre, Benjamin B. Lyon, Richard D. Cappels, Sr., Jeffrey B. Doar
  • Patent number: 7119792
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved computer mouse that has a mouse housing having a base member and a top member. The base member is configured primarily to make moving contact with the surface of a computer pad or a table. The top member is an integrated piece having no separate mechanical button disposed thereon. For data selection and command execution, the top member and the base member of the mouse are coupled and engaged in a manner that the entire top member via simple wrist action serves as a button for activating an internal switch to register palm clicking input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Adam S. Farag, Abraham S. Farag
  • Patent number: 6844872
    Abstract: A computer mouse having a base member with hold regions. A top member is pivotally coupled to the base member and covers the internal electronics of the mouse. The top member has a main surface with openings to accommodate the hold regions of the base member and leave them exposed to a user's fingers. The top member also acts as a button for the mouse. The hold regions allow a user to lift the mouse while maintaining the top member in a depressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham S. Farag, Bartley K. Andre
  • Patent number: 6833825
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention an apparatus is provided for remotely controlling a digital processing system, comprising a housing, a scrolling detector, a cursor positioning detector, and a transmitter. The housing has a wall having an outer scrolling surface over which a finger of a person's hand is movable in a scrolling movement. The scrolling detector is located within the housing. The scrolling detector detects the scrolling movement remotely through the wall and generates a scrolling signal. The cursor positioning detector is secured to the housing and is actuable by the hand to generate a position signal. The transmitter transmits the scrolling signal and the position signal to the digital processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham S. Farag, Harold James Welch, Bartley K. André, Jeffrey B. Doar, William H. Bull, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 6831628
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a movable cursor control device is provided for controlling a cursor on a display screen of a digital processing system. One exemplary cursor control device comprises a housing, an electromagnetic emitting device coupled to the housing, and an electromagnetic detector coupled to the housing. The electromagnetic detector detects reflections of signals emitted from the electromagnetic emitting device and determines when the housing has been lifted from a surface. In another aspect of the invention, an exemplary method is provided for controlling a cursor on a display screen of a digital processing system. The exemplary method includes holding the cursor relative to an object on the display screen using a cursor control device activated by a user, detecting that the user no longer activates the cursor control device, and detecting that the user has lifted the cursor control device from a surface when the cursor control device is no longer activated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham S. Farag, Bartley K. Andre, Benjamin B. Lyon, Richard D. Cappels, Sr., Jeffrey B. Doar
  • Patent number: 6373470
    Abstract: A typical mouse presents great inconvenience to those who have very large hands, very small hands or those who have finger deformity. When the hands are very large, user fingers need to bend over in order to reach the button; when the hands are very small, user fingers need to stretch out in order to reach the button. None of which presents a comfortable position for these users. Furthermore, if there is any finger deformity involved, then there would be even greater difficulty in activating the mouse button for purposes such as data selection and command execution. The present invention provides an improved computer mouse that has a mouse housing having a base member and a top member. The base member is configured primarily to make moving contact with the surface of a computer pad or a table. The top member is an integrated piece having no separate mechanical button disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Adam S. Farag, Abraham S. Farag
  • Patent number: 5603217
    Abstract: A compliant master cylinder includes a primary piston and a secondary piston which are movable to provide fluid pressure to effect wheel braking in a vehicle. In addition, the master cylinder includes a compliant assembly which supplies conventional pedal feel and travel characteristics when the primary and secondary pistons are substantially immovable due to isolation the master cylinder from the wheel brakes. The compliant assembly includes a push rod piston that is movable against a selected amount of fluid pressure and spring force while the primary piston remains stationary. The fluid force is supplied by controlling the flow of fluid from behind the push rod piston through a flow restrictive orifice to a conventional fluid reservoir on the master cylinder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Loren E. Majersik, Abraham S. Farag