Patents by Inventor Charles W. K. Gritton

Charles W. K. Gritton 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).

  • Publication number: 20180113589
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional free space control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W.K. Gritton
  • Publication number: 20180046265
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for removing and/or hiding the negative effects of at least some of the latency between, e.g., detection of motion of a device such as a three dimensional (3D) pointing device and corresponding redrawing of the cursor on a display. A method for masking latency associated with displaying a cursor on a display includes: receiving data associated with motion of an input device at a first time; using the data to determine a cursor position associated with the first time; determining a predicted cursor position at a future time relative to the first time using the determined cursor position; and displaying the cursor on the display at a position based on the predicted cursor position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan A. Cook, Thomas V. Trimeloni, Andong Zhan, Daniel Simpkins, Charles W.K. Gritton
  • Publication number: 20170223420
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide a user interface including an electronic program guide and scrollable visual directories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Negar MOSHIRI, Frank J. WROBLEWSKI, Charles W. K. GRITTON
  • Publication number: 20170180670
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using a touch screen are provided herein. In some exemplary embodiments, the touch screen is used as a backup remote to a display and can be used as a 3D pointing device. The touch screen can be an overlay on display surface to control the display. Alternatively, the touch screen can be retractable and ejectable from the display housing. In addition, the touch screen can be wearable. Further, the touch screen can function to control one or more devices, e.g., television, set-top box, DVR, gaming consoles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Charles W.K. GRITTON
  • Publication number: 20170108943
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew G. LIBERTY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Charles W. K. GRITTON, Mark TURNER, Frank A. HUNLETH
  • Patent number: 9575570
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W. K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth
  • Publication number: 20170048571
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce ISRAEL, Charles W.K. GRITTON, Frank A. HUNLETH, Stephen SCHEIREY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Ryan STONER, Yizhong WANG
  • Patent number: 9503769
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles W. K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel S. Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Patent number: 9459783
    Abstract: In one aspect, a widget mechanism for zooming and panning a content item is provided. The widget mechanism includes a first region including a miniaturized and complete version the content item. The widget mechanism further includes a second region including a displayed version of the content item. The displayed version represents a portion of the content item currently displayed on a display. The widget mechanism further includes a third region including a to be displayed version of the content item. The to be displayed version represents a portion of the content item to be displayed on the display upon actuation. The second region is smaller than and within the first region when the content item is zoomed and the second region is coextensive or substantially coextensive with the first region when the content item is fully not zoomed. The third region is adjustable within the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Negar Moshiri, Charles W. K. Gritton, Daniel S. Simpkins, Tom Pixley
  • Patent number: 9436359
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional 3D control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William J. Napier, Daniel S. Simpkins, Frank J. Wroblewski, Kevin Conroy, Charles W.K. Gritton
  • Patent number: 9377876
    Abstract: A visual whiteboard can be provided as an application, or component of a TV internet browser, for operation on a smart TV. The visual whiteboard provides a lightweight social networking mechanism, e.g., for groups who have physical access to the same smart TV. Content identifiers or other group information can be posted to the visual whiteboard by the authorized users for subsequent display on the corresponding smart TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Bloomfield Ramagem, Charles W. K. Gritton, Negar Moshiri, Stephen Scheirey, William A. Rouady, Daniel S. Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20160162042
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew G. LIBERTY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Charles W. K. GRITTON, Mark TURNER, Frank A. HUNLETH
  • Publication number: 20160156955
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Bruce ISRAEL, Charles W.K. GRITTON, Frank A. HUNLETH, Stephen SCHEIREY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Ryan STONER, Yizhong WANG
  • Publication number: 20160054977
    Abstract: Motion and audio data associated with an area or a user are sensed and processed jointly to achieve improved results as compared to utilizing only the motion or the audio data by themselves. Synergies between motion and audio are identified and exploited in devices ranging from cell phones to activity trackers to home entertainment and alarm systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Charles W.K. GRITTON, Bryan COOK
  • Patent number: 9261978
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W. K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth
  • Patent number: 9250716
    Abstract: A bias value associated with a sensor, e.g., a time-varying, non-zero value which is output from a sensor when it is motionless, is estimated using at least two, different bias estimating techniques. A resultant combined or selected bias estimate may then be used to compensate the biased output of the sensor in, e.g., a 3D pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hua Sheng, Matthew G. Liberty, Christopher D. Roller, Charles W. K. Gritton
  • Patent number: 9239859
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles W. K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel S. Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Publication number: 20150241996
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses hand tremor as an input. One or more sensors within the handheld device detect a user's hand tremor and identify the user based on the detected tremor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew G. LIBERTY, Christopher D. ROLLER, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Charles W. K. GRITTON
  • Patent number: 9100716
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for augmenting the capabilities of a client device. The client device can be augmented by a device which has additional processing and memory capability to perform additional functions such as, for example, the translation of desired media into a format usable by the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles W. K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey
  • Publication number: 20150161196
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce ISRAEL, Charles W.K. GRITTON, Frank A. HUNLETH, Stephen SCHEIREY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Ryan STONER, Yizhong WANG