Patents by Inventor Alex Louie

Alex Louie 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: 9547979
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program guide (“EPG”), the EPG allowing for the controlling of recording functionality of an appliance and/or playing of media. The displayable EPG includes a listing of playable media from which the user may select a program of interest for recording or playing. The EPG may also include a display of prior recorded media for playing. Options may be presented to allow for a selection of a rendering device on which selected media is to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Elecronics Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Louie, Cesar Alvarado, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9137473
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a plurality of consumer electronic devices by displaying a plurality of broadcast channel identifiers each corresponding to a broadcast channel in a display of a controlling device adapted to command at least channel tuning operations of the plurality of consumer electronic devices. Input is accepted into the controlling device that functions to designate one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers and the controlling device uses the designation of the one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers to cause a transmission of a wireless signal from the controlling device to a one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to thereby cause the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to tune to the broadcast channel corresponding to the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Haughawout, Mauro Dresti, Sandro David Klein, Alex Louie, Han-Sheng Yuh, Steve LanPing Huang, Patrick H. Hayes, Weidong William Wang
  • Publication number: 20140245142
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device having a remote control application user interface that functions to displays operational mode information to a user. The graphical user interface may be used, for example, to setup the remote control application to control appliances for one or more users in one or more rooms, to perform activities, and to access favorites. The remote control application is also adapted to be upgradeable. Furthermore, the remote control application provides for the sharing of operational mode information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dresti, Patrick H. Hayes, Robert Campbell, Weidong William Wang, Han-Sheng Yu, James N. Conway, JR., Sandro David Klein, Ingvald Alain Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Publication number: 20140215528
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a plurality of consumer electronic devices by displaying a plurality of broadcast channel identifiers each corresponding to a broadcast channel in a display of a controlling device adapted to command at least channel tuning operations of the plurality of consumer electronic devices. Input is accepted into the controlling device that functions to designate one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers and the controlling device uses the designation of the one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers to cause a transmission of a wireless signal from the controlling device to a one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to thereby cause the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to tune to the broadcast channel corresponding to the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Haughawout, Mauro Dresti, Sandro David Klein, Alex Louie, Han-Sheng Yu, Steve LanPing Huang, Patrick H. Hayes, Weidong William Wang
  • Patent number: 8255968
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program guide (“EPG”), the EPG allowing for the controlling of recording functionality of an appliance and/or playing of media. The displayable EPG includes a listing of playable media from which the user may select a program of interest for recording or playing. The EPG may also include a display of prior recorded media for playing. Options may be presented to allow for a selection of a rendering device on which selected media is to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Louie, Cesar Alvarado, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20120198499
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program guide (“EPG”), the EPG allowing for the controlling of recording functionality of an appliance and/or playing of media. The displayable EPG includes a listing of playable media from which the user may select a program of interest for recording or playing. The EPG may also include a display of prior recorded media for playing. Options may be presented to allow for a selection of a rendering device on which selected media is to be played.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Alex Louie, Cesar Alvarado, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8176432
    Abstract: A user interface for displaying graphical operational mode information to a user of a universal remote control. The user interface displays to the user in a circular queue arrangement iconic representations of every home appliance which the universal remote control is setup to control. The user may then interact with the user interface to select an iconic representation of the one of the home appliances which the user desires to control. In response to this selection, the user interface will display the iconic representation of the home appliances such that the iconic representation of the home appliance indicated by the user is moved to a predetermined position in the circular queue arrangement relative to the remaining iconic representations and/or is given an appearance distinct from the appearance of the remaining iconic representations within the circular queue arrangement. In this manner, the user interface indicates to the user the current operational mode of the universal remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: UEI Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sandro David Klein, Ingvald Alain Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Patent number: 7831930
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device having a remote control application user interface that functions to displays operational mode information to a user. The graphical user interface may be used, for example, to setup the remote control application to control appliances for one or more users in one or more rooms, to perform activities, and to access favorites. The remote control application is also adapted to be upgradeable. Furthermore, the remote control application provides for the sharing of operational mode information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dresti, Patrick H. Hayes, Robert Campbell, Steve LanPing Huang, Weidong William Wang, Han-Sheng Yuh, James N. Conway, Jr., Sandro David Klein, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Patent number: 7610555
    Abstract: A user interface for displaying information to a user of a universal remote control. The user interface displays to the user a list having a plurality of items each being associated with one or more devices that can be controlled using the remote control and, in response to the user selecting one of the plurality of items from the list, the remote control is caused to access at least one command code for transmission to at least one device setup within the remote control as being associated with the user selected one of the plurality of items and, simultaneously, retrieve Web content which has also been associated within the remote control to the user selected one of the plurality of items from a Web content server which retrieved Web content is displayed in a display of the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Universal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandro David Klein, Ingvald Alain Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Publication number: 20090113478
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a plurality of consumer electronic devices by displaying a plurality of broadcast channel identifiers each corresponding to a broadcast channel in a display of a controlling device adapted to command at least channel tuning operations of the plurality of consumer electronic devices. Input is accepted into the controlling device that functions to designate one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers and the controlling device uses the designation of the one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers to cause a transmission of a wireless signal from the controlling device to a one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to thereby cause the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to tune to the broadcast channel corresponding to the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Haughawout, Mauro Dresti, Sandro David Klein, Alex Louie, Han-Sheng Yuh, Steve LanPing Huang, Patrick H. Hayes, Weidong William Wang
  • Patent number: 7471281
    Abstract: A system and method for setting up a user interface of a remote control. The remote control displays a logical group of function keys the activation of which will cause the remote control to transmit a command to a target device and a plurality of indicators representative of devices. A user input functions to select one of the plurality of indicators and the device represented by the selected indicator is assigned as the target device for the logical group of function keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Universal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Masters, Alex Louie, Lily Tsong-Chou Knowles, Stephen Brian Gates
  • Patent number: 7460050
    Abstract: A controlling device, such as a universal remote control, that uses visual, audio, and/or tactile cues, such as sounds, color, patterns, shapes, vibrations, etc., to indicate relationships. Relationships may be between a function key and an intended target appliance for a command transmitted in response to activation of the function key, a user and the controlling device, or a room and the controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Universal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Alvarado, Alex Louie, James N. Conway, Jr., Patrick H. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20060259864
    Abstract: A user interface for displaying information to a user of a universal remote control. The user interface displays to the user a list having a plurality of items each being associated with one or more devices that can be controlled using the remote control and, in response to the user selecting one of the plurality of items from the list, the remote control is caused to access at least one command code for transmission to at least one device setup within the remote control as being associated with the user selected one of the plurality of items and, simultaneously, retrieve Web content which has also been associated within the remote control to the user selected one of the plurality of items from a Web content server which retrieved Web content is displayed in a display of the remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sandro Klein, Ingvald Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Publication number: 20060150120
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device having a remote control application user interface that functions to displays operational mode information to a user. The graphical user interface may be used, for example, to setup the remote control application to control appliances for one or more users in one or more rooms, to perform activities, and to access favorites. The remote control application is also adapted to be upgradeable. Furthermore, the remote control application provides for the sharing of operational mode information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dresti, Patrick Hayes, Robert Campbell, Weidong Wang, Han-Sheng Yuh, James Conway, Sandro Klein, Ingvald Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Patent number: 7013434
    Abstract: A system and method for setting up a user interface of a remote control. The remote control displays a logical group of function keys the activation of which will cause the remote control to transmit a command to a target device and a plurality of indicators representative of devices. A user input functions to select one of the plurality of indicators and the device represented by the selected indicator is assigned as the target device for the logical group of function keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Masters, Alex Louie, Lily Tsong-Chou Knowles, Stephen Brian Gates
  • Publication number: 20060007306
    Abstract: A system and method for setting up a user interface of a remote control. The remote control displays a logical group of function keys the activation of which will cause the remote control to transmit a command to a target device and a plurality of indicators representative of devices. A user input functions to select one of the plurality of indicators and the device represented by the selected indicator is assigned as the target device for the logical group of function keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Masters, Alex Louie, Lily Tsong-Chou Knowles, Stephen Gates
  • Publication number: 20050216843
    Abstract: A system and method for setting up a user interface of a remote control. The remote control displays a logical group of function keys the activation of which will cause the remote control to transmit a command to a target device and a plurality of indicators representative of devices. A user input functions to select one of the plurality of indicators and the device represented by the selected indicator is assigned as the target device for the logical group of function keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Masters, Alex Louie, Lily Tsong-Chou Knowles, Stephen Gates
  • Publication number: 20050134578
    Abstract: A system and methods for facilitation of user interactions with an electronic device. A number of user interface methods are described and may be used alone or in combination with one another to present an enhanced interface to a user. A method of providing user interaction using a compact status indicator is described. A method for providing a virtual scroll wheel to a user for interaction with content sets is described. A method for allowing a user to dynamically modify a scalable user interface is described. A method for providing gesture based input to a user via a virtual gesture pad is described. A method of providing an interactive graphic search query interface is described. A method for indicating and selecting available content type is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Allen Yuh, Cesar Alvarado, Paul Arling
  • Publication number: 20050066370
    Abstract: A controlling device, such as a universal remote control, that uses visual, audio, and/or tactile cues, such as sounds, color, patterns, shapes, vibrations, etc., to indicate relationships. Relationships may be between a function key and an intended target appliance for a command transmitted in response to activation of the function key, a user and the controlling device, or a room and the controlling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Alvarado, Alex Louie, James Conway, Patrick Hayes
  • Publication number: 20050055716
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program guide (“EPG”), the EPG allowing for the controlling of recording functionality of an appliance and/or playing of media. The displayable EPG includes a listing of playable media from which the user may select a program of interest for recording or playing. The EPG may also include a display of prior recorded media for playing. Options may be presented to allow for a selection of a rendering device on which selected media is to be played.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Publication date: March 10, 2005
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Louie, Cesar Alvarado, Patrick Hayes