Patents by Inventor Craig S. Ranta

Craig S. Ranta 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: 9965094
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov
  • Patent number: 9395845
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov, Andrey B. Batchvarov
  • Publication number: 20150193083
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov, Andrey B. Batchvarov
  • Patent number: 9030437
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov, Andrey B. Batchvarov
  • Patent number: 8725443
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov
  • Patent number: 8543172
    Abstract: Operational characteristics of a wireless input device are modified so as to balance performance and power conservation. Power management algorithms may include an algorithm that improves device performance and increases device power consumption, as well as an algorithm that decreases device power consumption and reduces device performance. An algorithm that most closely corresponds to the desired balance of performance and power consumption is identified. The identified algorithm is then transmitted to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Craig S. Ranta
  • Patent number: 8380130
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Glass, Christopher M. Dreher, Ellick H. Sung, Randall E. Aull, Doron J. Holan, Craig S. Ranta
  • Publication number: 20120191394
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov
  • Publication number: 20120188197
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov, Andrey B. Batchvarov
  • Publication number: 20120188176
    Abstract: Touchscreen testing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a piece of conductor (e.g., metal) is positioned as proximal to a touchscreen device and the touchscreen device is tested by simulating a touch of a user. This technique may be utilized to perform a variety of different testing of a touchscreen device, such as to test latency and probabilistic latency. Additional techniques are also described including contact geometry testing techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksandar Uzelac, David A. Stevens, Weidong Zhao, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Briggs A. Willoughby, John Graham Pierce, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Craig S. Ranta, Timothy Allen Wright, Jeffrey C. Maier, Robert T. Perry, Stanimir Naskov Kirilov
  • Publication number: 20110319019
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Glass, Christopher M. Dreher, Ellick H. Sung, Randall E. Aull, Doron J. Holan, Craig S. Ranta
  • Patent number: 8036595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices. Although configurations and/or other communications can be conducted through a medium such as the human body, the present invention can employ an initial touch to identify respective devices whereby other electronic configuration sequences commence without further device contact. Other aspects include chain touching between users and/or devices to facilitate contact between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Glass, Christopher M. Dreher, Ellick H. Sung, Randall E. Aull, Doron J. Holan, Craig S. Ranta
  • Publication number: 20100257392
    Abstract: Operational characteristics of a wireless input device are modified so as to balance performance and power conservation. Power management algorithms may include an algorithm that improves device performance and increases device power consumption, as well as an algorithm that decreases device power consumption and reduces device performance. An algorithm that most closely corresponds to the desired balance of performance and power consumption is identified. The identified algorithm is then transmitted to the wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: CRAIG S. RANTA
  • Patent number: 7787050
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding and storing encoded control data delivered via the horizontal overscan area of a video signal. An interactive device performs behavior defined by control data encoded into a video signal that can be broadcast or played-back from video tape. The interactive device is equipped with a non-volatile memory that permits the control data to be stored for performance subsequent to, or during, the transmission session. The control data is delivered as a series of control data words that include genus codes identifying the interactive device to which the data word is directed. During a transmission session, control data words will be repeated, so that an interactive device receives several control data words with the same sequence number. Based on the relative gradings, the interactive device will replace previously received control data words of lower quality than subsequently received data words having the same sequence number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Craig S. Ranta, Harjit Singh, Jeffrey M. Alexander
  • Patent number: 7782296
    Abstract: Optical tracking systems, method, and devices are described in which optical components detect light within a substantially planar region adjacent to a user device. Tracking logic may receive signals output by the optical components and determine coordinates associated with a movement of a pointing object through the substantially planar region. The tracking logic may then provide for translation of the coordinates into an action on a display, such as, for example, a movement of a cursor or other icon on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan Kong, Craig S Ranta
  • Patent number: 7706844
    Abstract: Operational characteristics of a wireless input device are modified so as to balance performance and power conservation. Power management algorithms may include an algorithm that improves device performance and increases device power consumption, as well as an algorithm that decreases device power consumption and reduces device performance. An algorithm that most closely corresponds to the desired balance of performance and power consumption is identified. The identified algorithm is then transmitted to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Craig S Ranta
  • Patent number: 7684754
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices. Although configurations and/or other communications can be conducted through a medium such as the human body, the present invention can employ an initial touch to identify respective devices whereby other electronic configuration sequences commence without further device contact. Other aspects include chain touching between users and/or devices to facilitate contact between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Glass, Christopher M. Dreher, Ellick H. Sung, Randall E. Aull, Doron J. Holan, Craig S. Ranta
  • Patent number: 7557795
    Abstract: An input device encodes motion using a laser self-mixing velocimeter. The laser beam is directed at a disk or other moving member. As light from that beam is reflected back into the emitting cavity of the laser, the beam power output fluctuates because of the self-mixing effect and generates a beat signal. The beat signal frequency is used to determine the speed of the member's motion. The direction of motion is also determined based on the beat signal. A difference frequency analog phase locked loop filters the beat signal. A zero-point control disables motion detection when the average beat signal amplitude falls below a threshold. A triangle modulator generates a triangle wave for the laser bias current, with the triangle wave frequency being a submultiple of the beat signal frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan Kong, Craig S. Ranta, Tianpeng Zhao, Hai Ming, Jianping Xie, Jun Xu, Deyong He
  • Patent number: 7534988
    Abstract: Optical tracking systems, method, and devices are described in which optical components detect light within a substantially planar region adjacent to a user device. Tracking logic may receive signals output by the optical components and determine coordinates associated with a movement of a pointing object through the substantially planar region. The tracking logic may then provide for translation of the coordinates into an action on a display, such as, for example, a movement of a cursor or other icon on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan Kong, Tianpeng Zhao, Hai Ming, Jianping Xie, Jun Xu, Deyong He, Huaqiao Gui, Liang Lv, Craig S. Ranta
  • Publication number: 20090119739
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding and storing encoded control data delivered via the horizontal overscan area of a video signal. An interactive device performs behavior defined by control data encoded into a video signal that can be broadcast or played-back from video tape. The interactive device is equipped with a non-volatile memory that permits the control data to be stored for performance subsequent to, or during, the transmission session. The control data is delivered as a series of control data words that include genus codes identifying the interactive device to which the data word is directed. During a transmission session, control data words will be repeated, so that an interactive device receives several control data words with the same sequence number. Based on the relative gradings, the interactive device will replace previously received control data words of lower quality than subsequently received data words having the same sequence number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: BURESIFT DATA LTD. LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Ranta, Harjit Singh, Jeffrey M. Alexander